God’s Love We Deliver, the non-profit that cooks and delivers more than one million meals a year to people living with severe illnesses, will temporarily relocate to Williamsburg as it renovates and expands its SoHo home.
The group has signed a 14-month lease with one month extensions for 20,000 s/f at 630 Flushing Avenue, which is owned by Acumen Capital Partners.
Construction is set to begin at their current Manhattan location of 166 Avenue of the Americas next month.
The temporary move will allow the organization’s services to continue uninterrupted during the construction process, and ultimately allow those services to expand as the organization doubles its size and reach.
“During this interim period, as we expand our facility, we are very happy to set up shop in Brooklyn, where more than a quarter of our clients reside,” said Karen Pearl, president & CEO of God’s Love We Deliver.
“Since we know Brooklyn well, we think this will be a great fit for us. On top of this, the space meets our organizational needs and is easily accessible to community members and volunteers.”
The temporary Brooklyn location will provide God’s Love with the necessary loading docks for its 16-truck delivery operation, which brings 23,000 meals to 2,500 people every week.
God’s Love is expected to return to SoHo in late 2014 or early 2015, when the expansion of its permanent facility, to be named the Michael Kors building, is completed.
The God’s Love expansion comes as demand for the organization’s services is up by more than 60% in five years. Without a significant increase in space in the immediate future, God’s Love would – for the first time in the organization’s 28 years – be forced to have a waiting list for clients, the city’s most vulnerable people.