Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WELS Tucson Campus Ministry Student Center Project

During the summer of 2016, the WELS Tucson Campus Ministry Student Center, in the basement at Grace-Tucson, flooded. Twice. During periods of torrential rainfall, the sewers were apparently overwhelmed with water. That meant some very unpleasant, dirty water overflowed the toilets and other fixtures and filled the room. The TCM Student assistants found the damage on a Sunday morning after church.

They and a number of other volunteers began the work of tearing out wet and dirty carpet.


The cleanup from the flooding also included cutting away sheetrock that was soaked from the walls and drying out the entire basement.

The next step was to prevent future flooding incidents. To do this, a backwater (one-way) valve was installed in the drain pipe that leaves the basement toward the sewers. This meant cutting away cement floor, digging out and relocating pipes, and installing the valve.

But this plumbing project revealed further issues. The pipes, original to the building from construction starting in 1949, were showing some serious signs of deterioration. They needed to be replaced before finishing the floors, otherwise it wouldn't be long before the new floors would need to be torn up to deal with new plumbing issues.

Needless to say, all of these issues make for a very expensive and time-consuming project.  The plumbing has been completed, and the flooring has been finished. Drywall has been replaced. New toilets, sinks, counters, cabinets, and dividers are up next. We are really looking forward to having this space for use by WELS Tucson Campus Ministry again!

And you can help! Some of this project's expenses were covered by insurance, but that did not meet our needs. Some of the expenses have been added to the church's indebtedness, but we hope not to have that as a long-term answer. Your donations will help us complete the work and pay back the loan as quickly as possible. We look forward to sharing pictures of the completed space, ready for use!

Donate through Grace's online giving page by clicking here and selecting the "Campus Ministry Basement" option.  Or if you prefer, you may send a check to WELS TCM at 830 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719. Thank you for your help and support!





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