March 1, 2010 Vol. 24, No. 1 [p. 1]

C S M separates the old trailer from the dining room

Dear friends,

Would you believe it? The old trailer/administration building is finally on the move-- sort of. Since July we have been trying to sell the trailer. Many wanted it, but no one was able or wanted to move it. In November Columbus Scrap Metal (C S M ) agreed to give it a try. The weather, however, has not proved to be our friend.

Our new dining room wall

Students from Quincy University relax in our gazebo on a rare sunny day

In December, C S M moved the trailer 4 feet away from the lean-to. At the end of January C S M tried once more- this time they succeeded in pulling the building 10 feet. Since then, the rains have been relentless and, not wanting to tear up the lawns or roads, they left the trailer for a later day. (Maybe next summer?? How about next July?)

Amidst the attempted moves, Terry Jourdan and crew came in the week before Christmas and built a permanent wall and roof where the trailer previously stood. Our Christmas present was an updated dining room and store room!

The photo at the right shows the new renovation! This beautiful white wall is the result of painting done by students from Quincy University, Quincy, Illinois in early January. Those five girls and staff breathed new life into that old building. The porch/storage room is now a "real room" with a wall of its own. Thanks, girls. Although this is not the dining room we need, it will serve us well until that dream is possible.

Our pine-lined driveway

We were delighted ... many of you arrived at the Destination of a Lifetime and took the 2010 Imaginary Virtual tour of The Dwelling Place. You braved the elements by car, bumpy boat, or Holy Trinity air lines. The tour was a soul-saving package of $9790 for The Dwelling Place.

Dwelling Place Community and Associates

On the January 1-2 weekend, these folks met for a time of retreat and prayer.

Back row (l to r): Clara Hicks, Mary Horrell, Jean Haspeslagh, Carol Jones, and Karen Henry. Front row: John Banks, Linda Breazeale, Clare Van Lent, and Elaine Fish. Oh, and Prince is presiding over all.

From the Kitchen

When you register for a retreat, please let us know if you have any food allergies or if you are a vegetarian -- even if you have told us in the past, notify us each retreat, please!

Together We Build

Our dream
...of an administration building has become a reality.

Our critical need
...of a dining facility continues to be a serious need.

As of March 1, you have purchased $13,000 worth of bricks. Purchase a brick in memory of or in honor of a loved one. The offering is $100. There will be three lines of 18 characters and spaces per line. For more information, contact Sheila Avery, secretary, at

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