[The building we’ve been in since 1970 has aged around us. It’s a massive structure whose upper floors have long been in disuse due to seismic concerns. Each year it shows more of its ever increasing fragility. The incredibly generous Trinity Methodist Church (who have always charged us far below market rate rent) have their own exciting plans for shoring up their future, and although they would love to keep housing us, it is difficult to see how they can. Our move-out date will likely be sometime after the start of 2020.
An Opportunity to Grow
Our goal is to be able to move into a building with at least as much space as we currently have (7,200 square feet), but hopefully even more! Moving to a new building opens up opportunities to upgrade and expand. Suggested facility improvements include:
A warm and welcoming lobby with two or more client bathrooms.
At least 6 clinical exam rooms from our current 5 and equipped to meet modern building code for a medical setting, adequate air circulation, with wheelchair accessibility, and sufficient space for conducting small group exam trainings.
A dental suite with at minimum three state-of-the-art dental stations instead of our current two cramped, moderately functional chairs. We’d like increased client privacy, increased space for storage and preparing and sanitizing equipment, space to conduct administrative work that isn’t right on top of the patients, and to add a panoramic 3-D X-ray machine to improve our ability to do root canals and restorative dental work.
5 comfortable individual counseling rooms, and one larger group counseling room with adjustable lighting and modern air circulation.
An optical clinic with two exam rooms to upgrade from the one optical exam room we recently installed with our partner, Mindful Eyes.
Larger and more flexible training and meeting spaces for our workforce development and collective administration.
An upgraded, private, and more workflow-friendly lab and pharmacy.
And expanded storage for the ability to accept and organize more donated and purchased bulk supplies and equipment to keep our services running.
We would love to be able to stay close to downtown Berkeley to continue to be easily accessible via public transportation for clients and volunteers.