“Today we are celebrating more than the construction of two magnificent buildings. Today we are celebrating the promise of hope,” said Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson.
On October 27, Convoy broke ground on the site designated for its new Global Headquarters and Training Center.
“As the governor of the state of Missouri, I couldn’t be more proud to have it here in Missouri. If there’s one thing we ought to hang our hats on about who we are as Missourians — of our heart, of our passion, of how we care about people — this demonstrates it.” Missouri’s Governor, Mike Parson, said at the building’s dedication.
“Good Samaritans do not pass by those who are suffering and in need. They show their compassion with action,” added former Missouri governor Jay Nixon. “There is no better proof of that compassion and action and success than what we are all honored to be able to celebrate today.”
The facility will be a space for Convoy of Hope’s team members, local volunteers, and those participating in training and research on topics to benefit people around the world.
“Through technology, this state-of-the-art facility will enable Convoy of Hope to provide training in best practices all over the world,” Hal said. “Farmers, women, children, and relief workers will receive practical instruction that will help them improve their lives and brighten their future.”
Planning and construction have been handled carefully and methodically so as not to divert any funding from programs or beneficiaries. The location was chosen with intention as well — convenient placement next to major highways in the heart of the U.S. allows Convoy of Hope to reach those in need in a timely and effective manner.
Convoy of Hope’s new World Distribution Center also sits on the property.
“The new World Distribution Center will increase our capacity, nearly tripling our pallet space and enabling us to serve many more children and families in the United States and around the world,” said Hal.
Both facilities serve one main purpose: to increase the capacity for Convoy of Hope to serve individuals and communities around the world.
“It was our main concern and our dream that whatever we did would facilitate the growth of Convoy, so that we would be positioned to serve and help a lot more people that are in need,” said Keith Boucher, Convoy of Hope’s Executive Chief of Staff.
Thanks to the partners, volunteers, and supporters who contribute to Convoy of Hope, the amount of relief Convoy can deliver around the world has increased — and will continue to grow — exponentially.
“From this place, hope will flow throughout our state, across the United States, and around the world,” said Hal.