Repurposing the Advocate House
The Advocate seeks to raise $120,000 to fund the repurposing and accessibility of the Advocate House as well as the improvements of site south of the pond. Currently, the house is a private residence and is not up to code as a public gathering space and office. Funds will allow doorways and the large bathroom to be brought to ADA compliance. If there are funds available, a large accessible deck will extend the house and help connect the house to the Chapel and provide an outdoor gathering space overlooking the pond. (Note that if there aren’t enough funds to build the accessible deck, an access ramp will be built in front of the house as indicated in the drawing below).
In addition, the current office space will be converted to a kids space, and one of the back rooms will become the office. The living room will be furnished for small group meetings and will become a resource center for prayer and social justice. If funds are available, the fireplace with be fitted with a gas log insert.
To complete our obligations to the Town of Chapel Hill for development of the site south of the pond, funds raised will also be used to add an accessible parking space in front of the Chapel, to finish a parking area with ten parking spaces behind the house, to bring sewer to the house, and to fill in the existing septic system and old well.
If possible, a small storage shed will be built for our yard equipment and other storage needs, and the storage area off the carport will be converted for storing tables and chairs.
All of these things will allow the People of the Advocate to care for our children, to learn, pray, break bread and welcome the stranger more faithfully and graciously.
Online donations can be made here.
Checks written to The Episcopal Church of the Advocate with a Memo to Building Campaign may be sent to:
8410 Merin Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Click to view the Advocate House plan with deck.