Network officials said the new facility at 1500 International Parkway will allow the nonprofit to expand services it currently offers, including food and clothing distribution, job search assistance, senior services and more.
“The last 35 years have brought many challenges, opportunities and, of course, change,” Network President and CEO Cindy Shafer said. “But one thing that has remained consistent is our mission to serve the poor and vulnerable. That's why today, as we officially break ground to renovate this amazing facility, we are marking this occasion by serving our neighbors with our mobile pantry.”
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker said he always recommends Network to new companies looking to get involved in the community.
“I can't think of a better place to put your time [and] your money for your employees to feel engaged and volunteer,” Voelker said. “This is a very special day for the city. The network is our go-to agency, organization and resource.”
Following all the help Network has provided the city during emergencies related to everything from tornadoes to the recent snow storm, City Manager Dan Johnson said Richardson considers the nonprofit its partner.
“Cindy and her team have been so amazing at doing that partnership with us,” Johnson said. “When we heard about this amazing venture the Network is next undertaking, we said we must be a part of that. And as many of you know, the city of Richardson has provided $1 million toward this particular effort today.”
The new location will be four times the size of Network’s current building at 741 S. Sherman St. The organization plans to utilize 40,000 square feet of its new facility and lease out the remaining 10,000 square feet to community partners such as Richardson ISD.