New Patio for MANNA

by Pavestone on May 13, 2010

NEW PATIO FOR MANNA — Although the social service agency is looking to find new headquarters, volunteers have made improvements to the current location on Crescent Way.

Manna food bank in Thousand Oaks was recently upgraded with the addition of new plants and a patio seating area in the front yard, a sidewalk for access to the backyard and a new coat of paint.

The sidewalk was an Eagle Scout project by Shane Stephens of Boy Scout Troop No. 716. He recruited family members and friends to help and arranged the assistance of an experienced cement mason.

The project was successful and an asset to Conejo Valley’s food bank, according to Mike Mathews, executive director of Manna.

The patio, plants and paint were donated by Home Depot in Thousand Oaks. Employees from Home Depot, Behr Paint and Pavestone volunteered time for the project.

Preparation work was done by Villa Esperanza.

Shannon Lundberg from Home Depot spearheaded the project, and store manager Chris Pino stopped by to assist.

“This is a beautiful addition to Manna, and it shows the great support by the businesses and residents in our community,” Mathews said. “As we go into the lean summer months, we’ll continue to need donations to get through these tough economic times.”

The city of Thousand Oaks is working with Manna to find a new location in the city. The current facility is small and lacks adequate parking.

Manna may need to partner with another social service agency or look at other options. The investment will likely exceed $1 million to purchase a suitable building.

City staff and the other partners will look at grants and donations to finance the move.

In the meantime, Manna will continue to operate in its current location.

“This process may take years,” Mathews said.

For more information, call Mathews at (805) 368-6586 or e-mail mike@mannaconejo.org

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