Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,


It brings me great joy as I look forward to celebrating Christmas remembering God’s faithfulness in opening The Commons this year in our neighborhood! Hundreds of times a week we have neighbors stop in to do their laundry, grab a warm cup of coffee or simply share stories of what Mack Avenue used to be and their hope of what it will be again one day.

As a MACC Development supporter, you know how hard we fought over the last five years to turn what was once piles of dust and old furniture into a place reborn as a beacon of hope and faith.

That is why I am writing to you today. While The Commons has been welcomed with love and support from customers and generous supporters like you, it has not been without some difficulty. Since opening our doors we have unfortunately experienced two separate power surges that not only caused us to close our doors for a few days but also damaged valuable equipment. As a small business operating in a neighborhood where few would dare open a business, these losses in revenue and large, unplanned maintenance costs have put The Commons in a difficult financial position.

While we have used your support thoughtfully and opened the first new business on Mack Avenue in 30 years, hired 100% of our staff from the community, and won various design awards for our beautiful, inclusive space.

We need your help.

You can help us by sending an urgently needed contribution. Our goal is to raise $15,000 ($4,500 which will repair the five broken washing machines, $5,500 to install a surge protector that will safeguard us in the future and $5,000 to help The Commons regain its financial stability). Your investment of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or more will directly support our efforts to create a beautiful community space for neighbors and newcomers from across the region.

Your contributions help to make so much good happen at MACC Development – from sports to literacy to legal services. Thank you. I hope you will continue your commitment to The Commons by making a generous gift to MACC Development today. All gifts are tax deductible for this year if received by December 31, 2018.


Grace be with you,

Ezekiel Harris

Executive Director