… A spot on earth where people can do retreats and hold meetings; where the emphasis is on friendship and the search.
As promised last month, there is good and surprising news to report regarding TAT’s new home, the likes of which brings to mind a quote on commitment that was posted for many years at Richard Rose’s farm: “All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred….”
As you know, over two years ago TAT purchased the “Thomas Green Rd.” property in Roxboro, NC. Building a retreat center from the ground up proved a challenge, but with new determination that “somehow we’re going to make this work” the project recently stirred to life again. What happened next was unexpected to say the least.
“A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
Through a lot of creative thinking, individual commitments, hustle, and a “whole stream of events,” TAT closed on a separate 15-acre property with a large home suitable for meetings! The Thomas Green property previously purchased will be sold as soon as possible.
Here are the details on the new property:
- In Hurdle Mills, North Carolina, only 35 minutes from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
- Situated on a beautiful 10-acre site, with a separate 5-acre parcel upon which another structure could be built in the future.
- Has a 5-bedroom, 5-bath home, with a third floor than can be converted to sleeping areas, and a large garage that could be converted into a main meeting space.
- Bob Fergeson has agreed to be a “teacher in residence”—which offers exciting possibilities for the property beyond the quarterly TAT meetings.
- We have a caretaker for the property, as well.
We will hold the April 2020 meeting at the new property, but to do that requires a collective effort to accomplish the following immediate needs:
- Create a parking area—estimated cost $3,000
- Upgrade the water system—estimated cost $4,000
- Chairs and tables—$1,000
- Beds and bedding—$8,750
- Repayment of a short-term loan. Depending on how much we recoup from the sale of the Thomas Green Rd. property, potentially as much as $45,000
- Yard equipment and tools—$2,500
- Other household items—$4,000
Let’s bring this to life! “The job is upon us,” Richard Rose said, “and it is worthwhile.” To contribute to the “Homing Ground” project, mail a check made out to the TAT Foundation to:
PO Box 873
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Big checks, little checks, all are welcome. Or you can use PayPal (though we lose 2.2% of your donation to PayPal fees) by choosing the “Make a Donation” button on our Homing Ground page. See photos, as well, on that page.
on behalf of the TAT Trustees