OURCALLING: Planned development will NOT be homeless community
ELLIS COUNTY – Many people have been asking questions and raising concerns about the possibility of a homeless development being built east of Ferris.
That is not the case with this proposed development.
OurCalling, the parent company of OurCommunity, is a non-denominational Christian-based organization, planning to build on the 280-acre site at 231 Wickliffe Road.
Plans are to develop 120 acres of the land, with the remainder undeveloped and natural.
Individual tiny homes will be built near a central facility which will provide a grocery store, coffee shoppe and other amenities. Also, two lakes on the property will be stocked with fish.
OurCommunity is a debt free organization currently in the fundraising stages, with hopes of being able to break ground sometime during the first quarter of 2023.
This development is made possible by private funding through churches and individuals desiring to see that those in need may live in dignity and safety.
OurCommunity is a privately funded organization working with churches and private individuals to build a community designed to assist the elderly, ages 70 plus, the blind, disabled, veterans of military service and those with cognitive disabilities.
Staff will include pastors, clinical personnel, seminary students, retired missionaries and those individuals looking to pursue a career in Christian services.
Security to protect each resident will be on duty 24-hours a day.
This would be for individuals who are unable to find a place to live, people with long-term care needs, and veterans of military service.
Everyone is intended to pay some rent and are considered to have ownership in OurCommunity. The community is not intended to be a place for the homeless living on the streets from other cities.
There will be a 25,000-square-foot purpose-built full services building on site, next to the residences. This will incorporate a full medical clinic for needed medical care. A medical staff of doctors and nurses will provide the medical needs of residents along with hospice care, medical, counseling and ministry.
A full cafeteria will be available for the residents so they may enjoy eating healthy meals three times each day.
Other services include a coffee shop and grocery store in the services center.
Rooms for bible studies and church services will also be incorporated in this center.
There will also be a clubhouse available also be designed as a storm shelter.
Ali Hendricksen, development manager, commented, “If anyone has questions about the property, they can email Wayne Walker, CEO and Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.”