Construction 2018-2019

We are excited to build a new Storehouse facility over the next year to serve our Collin County Community better!

Due to construction, we are making some changes to how we distribute food and clothing starting August 23, 2018. We will be working with volunteers and the families we serve to ensure things continue to run smoothly as we build for the future. 

Stay up to date with our construction process by following this page. 

Parking Map, Fall 2019

Volunteers are encouraged to park in the west parking lot in order to leave the spaces in the east parking lot open for our neighbors during distribution. 

Move In, Phase I: Date Announced

Phase I Move In Date set for October 19, 2019.

Phase I move in will begin on Saturday, October 19 and will impact our food pantry sorting and preparation areas only. Said another way, Phase I move in ONLY impacts the dry pantry, the hallways in front of Rooms 131-133, our items stored in Room 133 and our refrigerators and freezers.

All other activities currently taking place in Smith Worship Center will remain in their current spaces until Phase II later this year. Areas NOT impacted by the October 19 move include:

  • Neighbor Greeting, Intake & Waiting Area
  • Personal Shopping
  • Joseph's Coat
  • Volunteer Check-In

Here is the move-in timeline and associated activities:

  • Beginning on Saturday, October 19 after our regular Saturday pantry hours, The Storehouse team will work alongside a small team of dedicated volunteers to relocate our food pantry sorting and preparation areas into the new space. Our goal is to have the move into the new space complete no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 20.
  • Beginning Monday, October 21, we will begin to prepare and distribute food in our new space. The volunteers who area part of the preparation and distribution teams will receive additional communication throughout this month as to how we will work in our new space.
  • On Thursday, October 24, our neighbors will receive their standard compliment of food (e.g., cold box, produce, canned goods, etc.) by driving around to the north parking lot for pickup, much like the process we followed before construction on the north parking lot began. Neighbors will continue to exit Smith Worship Center with their personal shopping items as they do today. Our load-in volunteers will receive additional communication throughout this month as to how load-in will work beginning October 24th.

As per usual, please keep in mind this plan is subject to change if anything changes within construction. We will strive to communicate throughout the month through email and while you are serving to keep you up to date with the latest. Most of all, thank you for your flexibility and dedication during this exciting season for The Storehouse!

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Volunteer Check-In: Summer 2019

From now through the end of Summer 2019, our volunteer check-in table has been temporarily relocated to The Cup area. After you park in the west parking lot, enter through the doors by the sanctuary and make your way across the bridge towards the east side of campus. 

You will find the coffee and seating area pictured above. The smiling faces of our volunteer coordinators will be there to greet you and get your set up for your assingment for the day. 

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 29, 2019

Phase I Move In Date set for October 19, 2019.

Phase I move in will begin on Saturday, October 19 and will impact our food pantry sorting and preparation areas only. Said another way, Phase I move in ONLY impacts the dry pantry, the hallways in front of Rooms 131-133, our items stored in Room 133 and our refrigerators and freezers.

All other activities currently taking place in Smith Worship Center will remain in their current spaces until Phase II later this year. Areas NOT impacted by the October 19 move include:

  • Neighbor Greeting, Intake & Waiting Area
  • Personal Shopping
  • Joseph's Coat
  • Volunteer Check-In

Here is the move-in timeline and associated activities:

  • Beginning on Saturday, October 19 after our regular Saturday pantry hours, The Storehouse team will work alongside a small team of dedicated volunteers to relocate our food pantry sorting and preparation areas into the new space. Our goal is to have the move into the new space complete no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 20.
  • Beginning Monday, October 21, we will begin to prepare and distribute food in our new space. The volunteers who area part of the preparation and distribution teams will receive additional communication throughout this month as to how we will work in our new space.
  • On Thursday, October 24, our neighbors will receive their standard compliment of food (e.g., cold box, produce, canned goods, etc.) by driving around to the north parking lot for pickup, much like the process we followed before construction on the north parking lot began. Neighbors will continue to exit Smith Worship Center with their personal shopping items as they do today. Our load-in volunteers will receive additional communication throughout this month as to how load-in will work beginning October 24th.

As per usual, please keep in mind this plan is subject to change if anything changes within construction. We will strive to communicate throughout the month through email and while you are serving to keep you up to date with the latest. Most of all, thank you for your flexibility and dedication during this exciting season for The Storehouse!

AUGUST 2019

August 12, 2019

North Parking Lot is paved and partially opened. North entrance remains closed. All volunteers and staff will continue to park and enter from the west parking lot through the porte cochère.

August 25, 2019

For the next two weeks (weeks of August 25 and September 1), please keep in mind:

  • For this week (week of August 25) our food pantry preparation and distribution processes will remain “business as usual” in preparation for our neighbors’ visit on Thursday, August 29th.
  • On Thursday, August 29th, we will use Room 126 as an inside waiting area. This process worked well for us last week and our neighbors were thankful to be out of the heat.
  • Due to the Labor Day holiday, please remember that Seven Loaves and Joseph’s Coat will be closed on Saturday, August 31.
  • The week of September 1st, there will be a few changes in our distribution/ preparation process for our “behind the curtain” operations – meaning everything the neighbor does not see which unfolds in our hallway and dry pantry.
    • Our current fridges and freezers will remain in the hallway, but will be moved “south” a few feet, closer to the existing bathrooms and water fountain.Preparation food tables – normally in the hallway - will be moved into Room 133 for our preparation and bagging of produce.  
    • Thanks to the flexibility of St. Andrew, we will be able to use Room 133 continuously until we move into our new space permanently.  For our preparation volunteers, we will work with you each day to determine the best process to use for the tasks you have at hand.
    • There are no changes to dry pantry area.
    • The distribution process of flow of carts moving down the hallway for produce and meat pickup will remain the same. Albeit produce will be prepared in Room 133, we plan to still use the hallways for “cart pickup” on distribution days.
    • There are no changes to any process in Smith regarding greeting, intake or personal shopping.

JUNE 2019

June 3, 2019
North Parking lot officially closed for the summer. Construction begins on flattening the parking lot and completing the new storefront and entrance for The Storehouse of Collin County. 

June 6, 2019

First Seven Loaves Distribution with Room 137 (former freezer room) closed. Food Pantry operations will operate primarily out of the hallway on the north wing. Volunteer check-in has been moved to The Cup (seating area outside Smith Worship Center) for the rest of the summer. 

MAY 2019

May 13, 2019
Fencing has been added to the north parking lot where our regular volunteers park. The construction crew has started working on flattening the north parking lot. Volunteers and team members are asked to park in the west parking lot. 

APRIL 2019

April 1, 2019
The Storehouse received confirmation that construction on the northern parking lot and entrance has been pushed back to June 3, 2019. This means that the current food distribution flow for Seven Loaves Food Pantry on service days will not be changed until June. 

April 25, 2019
Invitations sent out to Volunteer Managers for an upcoming meeting to discuss changes to distribution flow at Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Joseph's Coat. We anticipate that this will be the final phase of changes before the completion of construction.

MARCH 2019

March 11, 2019
The Storehouse and St. Andrew offices were closed on Monday, March 11 due to the power on campus being turned off for construction. We have yet to receive any further updates on when construction will begin taking place in Room 137 where we currently store our produce and frozen items. 

FEBRUARY 2019

February 13, 2019
As construction moves inwards, the storage and sorting area in Room 137 will be impacted. We anticipate another round of major changes to our pantry workflow in March 2019. We are currently formulating a plan to ensure that our neighbors who rely on our food pantry will continue to receive excellent service. We also want to make sure that our volunteers have a safe space to work and serve. More information to follow. 

DECEMBER 2018

December 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Our offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. We will not be accepting donated items during this time on campus as we will not have staff or volunteers to sort and organize donated items. 

NOVEMBER 2018

November 16, 2018
We successfully completed Thanksgiving Distribution 2018 providing 1,500 turkeys to our neighbors. Thanks to our volunteers who were flexible and adapted to a signficantly altered process from our previous distributions. 

OCTOBER 2018

October 1, 2018
The iconic blue St. Andrew awning has been moved to our northwest entryway to indicate our temporary entrance during construction. The donation bins are now located to your left as soon as you enter the doorway. 

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 24, 2018
Donation bins for Seven Loaves and Joseph's Coat food and clothing drop off moved to Room 137 along the hallway for the North entrance.  

September 20, 2018
Storehouse office moved to Project Advocates' trailer behind St. Andrew Sanctuary.

September 1, 2018
Construction parking map published on St. Andrew website

AUGUST 2018

August 27, 2018
Fences for construction go up. Construction begins. 

August 26, 2018
Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for construction and St. Andrew Fair

August 23, 2018
Adjusted schedule for Seven Loaves Food Pantry takes effect. Food pantry intake and personal shopping areas moved into Smith Worship Center. 

THURSDAYS 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SATURDAYS 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

August 22, 2018

Email with construction changes (with map) sent out to all Storehouse volunteers. PDF version of "Construction Volunteer Information" uploaded to webpage. Download by clicking here.

August 13-18, 2018
Storehouse volunteers and clients notified of upcoming construction and changes. Last week of regular services at Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Joseph's Coat Closet. 

August 12, 2018
St. Andrew congregation voted in approval of Phase II of construction which will include a new facility for The Storehouse. 

Construction: Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All volunteers and neighbors are expected to arrive on campus via Mira Vista. The bridge will a one-way lane during service hours. Volunteers and neighbors who enter from the church-side entrance from Plano Parkway will be asked to turn around and come back in through the Mira Vista entrance.

Effective June 3, volunteers will begin parking in the west parking lot. The north parking lot is closed for construction for the rest of summer 2019. The east parking lot will be reserved for neighbors who are coming to The Storehouse for food and clothing.

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Our neighbors will still fill out the registration forms as usual. Food Pantry and Clothing Closet intake will both be located inside Smith Worship Center.

All neighbors will be given the choice between going to Seven Loaves for food or Joseph’s Coat for clothes first. For those going to Joseph’s Coat first, they will bring their clothes to the car and then return for Seven Loaves. For those who go to Seven Loaves first, they will bring their personal shopping items and bread to their car, complete Joseph’s Coat, and then go to the tent by the bridge (east of the north parking lot) for the rest of their fresh produce/meats.

We understand that not every neighbor who comes to the food pantry can afford their own transportation. For those who are relying on friends/family for a ride, they are welcome to wait in Smith Worship Center for their ride to arrive before picking up the rest of the food.

We will be adding more “general volunteer” slots for services days. Unless they are needed elsewhere, general volunteers can expect to be posted as additional runners at Smith Worship Center and at the tent by the bridge to help move food into the client’s vehicles. Additional slots will be shown on the volunteer signup sheet printed via Volgistics and made available to check-in managers.

Depending on the severity of the weather, we will do our best to serve our neighbors unless the weather is deemed too hazardous. We will be setting up tents outside in case of light rain as well as providing ponchos for our runners.