Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Access Project Update 1May2015

Author Nadine Sapirman, Written May 1, 2015

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I waited a bit longer to post this Access Project update in the hopes that our elevator would be inspected and available for use.  We are beholden to the State of NJ for this elevator inspection and it has not yet happened.  So, unfortunately, we will not have the elevator available to use for our Building Dedication this coming Sunday, May 3.  I am sorry to those who cannot attend due to the lack of a usable elevator.

There is much to celebrate, however!  This project speaks to our Unitarian Universalist values of equity, compassion and justice.  It speaks to our first principle:  the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  It’s been an 18-year journey to get us to this point–from the time the congregation was first started in 1997.  We must celebrate the accomplishment of purchasing a building and all the work that has gone into making it accessible.  And we will do just that on Sunday afternoon!

Back to the project…. The parking lot now has lines to designate parking spaces,

Accessible Parking in the UUCSH lot

Accessible Parking in the UUCSH lot

including two accessible spaces.  We look forward to having them used by those who need them.  For now, entry to UUCSH remains through the front doors.  Please reserve space in the side lot for those with mobility challenges.

I applaud the many volunteers who came out for our Moving and Cleaning Day last Saturday, April 25.  They spent hours clearing and cleaning Fellowship Hall, dusting and vacuuming in the sanctuary, and raking leaves outside.  It looks so nice at UUCSH!!

Stay tuned for news on the elevator inspection and Certificate of Occupancy.  I promise to post here once there is news to share.