We like to say that this building was built with the love and labor of our entire community. Our gratitude reaches to so many who made this building a reality. We thank everyone individual and organization who contributed money and in-kind services, making the Building Hope Capital campaign a resounding success.
More than 200 donors and dignitaries including Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, Beaufort County Council Chairman W. Weston Newton, and HHI-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bill Miles, helped dedicate Bluffton Self Help’s new building on November 10.
The building was dedicated to Ida Martin, one of 13 Americans recently honored with the Presidential Citizens Medal. Martin founded BSH in 1987, working out of the trunk of her car and her garage. For a number of years BSH called the old Bluffton town jail home, serving as many as 22,000 people annually from a woefully inadequate 1,000-square foot facility.
Also honored was BSH Board President Peter Bromley, who spearheaded the drive for the new building and was instrumental in its acquisition and the fundraising to acquire it.
The Executive Director’s office in the new building was named for Bromley, who has served as BSH president for the past two years.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony Bromley thanked the many organizations and individuals who made the dream a reality. BSH now not only owns the building outright, but also is establishing an endowment fund to help cover increased operating costs so that the vast majority of donations can be put directly to use for clients.
The 6800-square foot building, located at 39 Sheridan Park Circle, features a loading dock with three bays to facilitate food delivery, a large area for clothing distribution, a much larger food pantry, adequate office space and private interview rooms, and a multi- purpose community/training room. It also is large enough to allow clients to wait inside instead of being stuck in inclement weather and offers much better parking for clients and volunteers.