A New Lease on Life
The ULI Young Leaders Group recently completed its 9th Annual Pro Bono Technical Assistance Panel. The non-profit client this year was Victorville-based Moses House, who provides vital long-term services to single mothers who are pregnant or have at least one child under the age of six. Programs offered focus on helping the single mothers and their families succeed by giving them a new lease on life.
To support its core programs, Moses House operates a thrift store in Victorville, which fulfills multiple purposes. It serves as an incentive store for Moses House’s clients, meaning they can use points earned through successful participation in the core programs to purchase things from the store. It also offers clients an opportunity to gain work experience, and it sells affordable household items to the local community. However, the store’s location away from a major street limits an important revenue source for the organization.
A panel of eight young professionals, all ULI members under the age of 35, was formed to provide solutions to the issues currently hampering Moses House’s operations and potential growth. In addition to seeking a better store location, Moses House owns a donated piece of raw land and wanted to know what could be done with it, and the organization requested a long-term vision for a development that could consolidate the thrift store and its primary operations in a single location. All tasks were oriented toward achieving greater revenues and allowing Moses House to expand its service provision to make a larger impact in the community.
The panel identified several well-located sites and outlined the process for Moses House to select a site if the organization relocates after the identified sites are no longer available. The panel provided a potential floor plan and financing strategy for the relocation. Finding that the poorly-located raw land has very limited development potential, the panel recommended disposing of the asset to support other efforts. Finally, the panel formed permitting, design, and financing guidelines for the long-term consolidated development. This information was presented to a large audience of local residents and is summarized in a report submitted to Moses House and the City of Victorville.
Click here to view and download the final report, “Moses House Ministries: A Foundational Road Map to a Prosperous Future.”
Special Recognition Goes to the 2016 ULI YLG Pro Bono TAP Participants
Dima Galkin, Co-Chair, Associate at RSG, Inc.
Mike West, Co-Chair, President at Inland West
Allen Chuang, Development Associate at Raintree Partners
Louisa Feletto, Associate, Planner at William Hezmalhalch Architects
Andrew Kim, Site Selection Manager at Aldi, Inc.
Joshua Larson, Architectural Designer at Aguilar & Associates
John Marshall, Investment Analyst at Northmarq Capital
Noelle Steele, Project Planner at Michael Baker International
Vickie Oshima, Report Writer, Marketing Director at MVE + Partners
Guillermo Aguilar, TAP Advisor, President at Aguilar & Associates