For 60 years Family Life has had as our motto, "To God be the glory, great things HE has done!" Our hearts today are so filled with praise and gratitude: praise as we watched the Lord do something so incredible that it is still difficult to totally comprehend; gratitude for the thousands of friends who helped Family Life reach its goal of $1,400,000 to purchase the building near Corning that will become our new headquarters.
The question that continues to be asked of us is, "What’s next?" As I had stated in our year-end letter that went out to about 22,000 friends on our mailing list and is also shown on Family Life's website, there are two aspects to this first phase of the "Building Our Future Together" campaign. The first was to purchase the existing building, which is now complete!*The second aspect is to purchase an adjoining 21-acre parcel of property allowing the ministry the room to construct the new theater/auditorium and have adequate parking space for major events. The cost of the land plus various studies, surveys, engineering and architectural fees, and closing costs will bring our total to $2,400,000.
Family Life is currently seeking to sell some properties owned by the ministry that will no longer be needed in our move to the Corning area. We hope to generate from these sales about half of the $1,000,000 more that is needed to finish the first phase. Once the adjoining property is purchased, Family Life will then begin the major campaign of raising the necessary funds to retrofit the current building and construct the new theater/auditorium.
We serve an awesome God! His power to do more than we can ask or imagine has been so evident with the purchase of the building. Now we trust in Him again to provide the rest of the funds needed to complete this first phase. If you were part of the incredible family that helped us purchase the exiting building, you have blessed us immensely. If you haven't yet contributed to the "Building Our Future Together" project, you can still help us reach this secondary goal. In either case, we covet your prayers as we know that the strength of thousands of people asking for God's blessing will be the greatest contribution you can make!
Auditorium Interior Concept
New Building FAQs
I thought Family Life purchased some property in Kanona years ago for your new headquarters. Why did you change your mind about building there?
We have spent the last number of years trying to get state/local help to bring public utilities to Kanona to no avail. Our architects have told us that the cost of getting these utilities to our site along with the excavation costs would amount to $7,000,000. This would have to be spent before one block was laid for a new facility.
What do those who contributed toward the purchase of that property think about not using it for the purpose the monies were raised for? And what will you now do with this property?
Family Life sent out a letter to about 750 donors who had contributed toward the Kanona property’s purchase and the buying out of the lease that was held on the property. We heard back from over 200 of them and 100% of the responses were favorable to selling the property and using the funds from the sale for Family Life’s new headquarters. The value of the property is greater than the price the ministry paid for it in 2005.
Why are you looking to move Family Life’s headquarters to the Corning area?
There are a number of reasons why such a move not only makes sense but also can be viewed as the Lord opening this door. First of all, we discovered that the principal owner of the existing building is a strong supporter of Family Life and has drastically reduced his price for us to purchase it. The cost of purchasing this building is about 10% of what it would cost to construct it new. Even with the cost of retrofitting it for our use, it is much less than building it from scratch. Secondly, the owners of an adjoining property have also drastically reduced their price to Family Life as they appreciate what the ministry does for people. The overall price of this project is less than half of what it would have cost to build at the Kanona site.
How will being in the Corning area enhance Family Life’s programming?
There are a number of other advantages to moving to the Corning area. Corning is a destination place with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year. We hope to tap into that tourism traffic with year-round performing arts dinner events where we can share the Good News of Jesus. Plus, with a greater local population to choose from, other events potentially will be better attended. Family Life will also have more local volunteers to assist in its outreach.
How soon will this project become a reality?
The current plan is to raise the necessary funds to purchase the existing building by the end of 2016 and the adjoining property in the first quarter of 2017, if not before. Once that has been accomplished, a major capital campaign will begin to raise the necessary funds to retrofit the building and construct the new theater/auditorium. Our prayer is that the Lord will supply this within a three-year period.
What will become of Family Life’s current facility?
Ultimately we would anticipate selling the present headquarters and use the proceeds to help cover costs of the new facility.
How will this affect the size of the staff at Family Life?
With increased opportunities for more ministry events, and with a larger facility, the need for additional staff will increase significantly.
How can I (we) contribute, outside of a general gift to this exciting project?
There are a number of opportunities to help Family Life reach its goals. You can donate appreciated assets such as stocks, funds, real estate, etc. and receive very favorable tax benefits. If you are an employee of a company that matches your donations, you can literally double your contribution by simply filling out a matching gift form. Family Life can assist you in this endeavor. If you are 70½ years or older, you can contribute directly from your IRA up to $100,000 annually for each spouse. This contribution saves on taxes normally paid on your minimum required distribution.
Everyone Can Get Involved!
After hearing her parents discuss the Building Our Future Together campaign, 12-year-old Grace Propert decided she wanted to help. So, she set out to raise $200 by sewing and selling her very own purses and handbags! Just before the New Year’s deadline, Grace stopped by Family Life to hand-deliver her contribution to Rick Snavely. A big thank you to Grace and her parents, Nate and Marriah Propert, for this very special blessing!
A. In 2005, Family Life purchased 66 acres along I-86 in Kanona for the purpose of building a new facility.
B. In 2006, the ministry was able to buy out the existing lease giving us the right to move forward on about 60 acres of this property.
C. In 2007 Family Life had some basic architectural drawings done for a new campus at the Kanona site but building was premature.
D. In early 2008, Family Life looked at a facility in the Corning area that is the same we are looking to purchase. The combined price for two properties at that time was $5.3 million. The Board chose not to pursue because of the economy.
E. From 2008-2013 Family Life worked with a foundation who had promised to help fund the ministry’s radio expansion and building project. However, this turned out to be bogus.
F. In 2014, Family Life hired an architectural firm to begin a design concept for new headquarters at the Kanona site
G. From 2015-2016 plans and drawings were developed for the Kanona site but they were scrapped because of the cost of excavation and providing public utilities.
H. At the end of July 2016, we received a call from a broker telling us that the former Harley-Davidson building in Painted Post, NY has been reduced in price.
A. We discovered that the principal owner of the former Harley-Davidson building is a strong supporter of Family Life and he has greatly reduced his price to sell to the ministry!
B. Additional property would be needed beyond the existing building to accommodate all of Family Life’s needs. The partners who own an adjacent 21-acre parcel have cut their price by more than 50% for Family Life!
C. Town officials are 100% in favor of Family Life’s plan and are working hard to accommodate our move!
D. Steuben County Industrial Development Agency and Empire State Development representatives are actively pursuing state funding for infrastructure improvements to the area to assist in Family Life’s move as well as open other commercial development opportunities!