Meritan is seeking philanthropic partners to invest in a new headquarters building for the agency.
Why are we moving?
It Makes Financial Sense - The lease on our current building is up for renewal and under the new terms our monthly costs would double. In addition, the lease makes Meritan responsible for all maintenance costs on an aging building, with immediate maintenance needs in excess of $575,000.
We Need to be Closer to Our Clients - Our current building is located in East Memphis and is far removed from the majority of the population we serve, which is concentrated along the Danny Thomas/Highway 51 corridor. We will be within walking distance of many of our target neighborhoods and on a more active public transportation route.
We Outgrew Our Building - Although our new location is almost the same size as our former office, it will allow us to make more efficient use of space to increase the quality and scope of our services by housing our staff, training facilities and home health supplies in slightly less- and more energy efficient- square footage. With a more space-saving, universally accessible, layout on one floor with no elevators or other barriers, we will be able to add state of the art meeting and training space for our clients and staff with the benefit of ample parking and additional room for growth.
The New Building
We were able to purchase a 17,000 square foot building on almost 1.5 acres on the corner of 345 Adams and Danny Thomas Boulevard - in the commercial corner of Victorian Village at the intersection of Downtown, The Edge and Medical Districts. Although the size and location perfectly met the needs of Meritan and our clients, the building has not been occupied for nearly a decade and simply provides the shell for our new home.
In order to make it a state-of-the-art facility, we are working with our architects at archimania to gut and renovate the building at a cost of $2.5 million. We are asking for your investment in Meritan and our new facility so that we can:
- Be in a location that is more accessible to our clients needs
- Keep AND expand all our our services all at one facility
- Provide client job and technology training spaces
- Create a state of the art training space to share with non-profit partners and collaborators
- Give foster children a safe and quiet space during placement processing
- Make more long run financial sense for Meritan and our clients
- Allow us to be part of the re-development of a neglected part of our city
By investing in this new facility, you will be allowing Meritan to re-direct financial resources from paying rent to providing the kind of support, education, nurturing, care and training that results in increased stability and improved quality of life for individuals of all ages.
Donations may be pledged over a three (3) year period.
Thank your for considering a donation to Meritan to assist us in our Bridging the Gap Campaign.
Each year Meritan services almost 2,000 individuals in the Mid-South.
Meritan is a tax exempt 501(c)3 health care and support service company.
Subject to the advice of your tax professional, donations may be tax deductible.