Packing

Post by Steve Nelson

“And love is not the easy thing…
The only baggage you can bring
Is all that you can’t leave behind” – U2, “Walk On”

The great Amicus move of 2012 is starting to happen. Old, unused items in the Reconnect clothing and hygiene closet are being bagged up. The contents of the file room are getting carted down the hall. Signs are up and staff (like me) who would put off packing as long as humanly possible are beginning to come to grips with the fact that less than a week from now, our cozy little offices and workstations are going to be shipped out and relocated to 3041 Fourth Avenue S.

Regular readers and those close to Amicus know that Amicus’ offices will be closed on Thursday, Jun 21, Friday, June 22 and Monday June 25 in order to move our offices from downtown Minneapolis to a great new location in South Minneapolis.  We’re  reopening for business on Tuesday, June 26.

Staff had a tour of our new space early this week. It’s property owned by Urban Ventures, a local nonprofit working to address poverty-related issues in South Minneapolis. Urban Ventures does great work and we’re looking forward to partnering with them in service to our mutual clients.

The space Amicus is moving to is in a building which originally served as the factory and headquarters of the Happy’s Potato Chip Company. Later on it became a corporate headquarters for Rapid Oil Change and then served as headquarters for Urban Ventures. Urban Ventures has since moved its Administrative offices into the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center a few blocks away, but Amicus will still be sharing space at 3041 Fourth Avenue S. with their “Ready? Set! Work” Program and the “Center for Fathering.”

The Center for Fathering is directed by John Turnipseed, a longtime Amicus friend, a former client and now an Amicus Board member.  http://www.turnipseedfilm.com/john.html  We’re very much looking forward to working more closely with John.

We feel hopeful about our future in South Minneapolis. As we pack and move into this new era, we’ve been talking about the core values of Amicus.   We talked about Friendship, and Community, Trust and Forgiveness and a passion for Second chances – the stuff we absolutely cannot leave behind.

And we won’t, because those are things that don’t need to go into a crate and will not get lost in transit. They live in our heads, our hands and hearts.