We are moving forward!
To all of our wonderful supporters:

Happy spring!  

Since I last wrote to you with the wonderful news that The Sarah Clayes House Trust* now
A plucky little tulip coming up through a buckthorn root near the foundation of the house. April 29, 2016
owns the Sarah and Peter Clayes House, we have made a great deal of progress toward setting up a fundraising and restoration plan for the property.  

Below you can find more details about our recent work, and in that article you will see that we are seeking local contractors, fencing companies, tree services, electricians, and property survey specialists who are willing to partner with us through pro bono work or significantly discounted fees.  

Since this is an initiative that will benefit the entire local community, we hope to find community-minded companies who will help.   Already the following organizations have advanced our efforts in this way, and we are most appreciative:
  • A1 Tree Services, Framingham, MA
  • Finch & Rose Preservation, Beverly, MA
  • Kenneth Vona Construction, Waltham, MA
  • Larry Crouse Architectural Design Group, Framingham, MA
  • Meltzer Law Offices, Framingham, MA
  • Taylor Rental, Framingham, MA
Please let us know if we should add anyone to this list; I hope I'm not missing anyone!

Of course, we are always looking for monetary donations.  The entire restoration project will most likely cost over $1 million, and EVERY gift counts  Since we started fundraising many years ago, we have raised over $25,000 in a totally grass-roots way, from many of you who live all over the country.  Thank you!!!   Click here
to make an on-line donation today!

We want to thank each and every one of our supporters during this amazing time!

Janice C. Thompson
The Sarah Clayes House Trust

* The bank donated the property to the Clayes House Trust through our fiscal sponsor, the Land Conservation and Advocacy Trust.  
We are seeking local business partners! 

We have determined that the entire restoration project will most likely cost over $1
million from start to finish.  We have worked with a local architect, Larry Crouse Architectural Design Group, to develop a comprehensive scope of work outlining what needs to be done to preserve this vitally important property.  As a first step, Larry and his team have carved out the initial phase of the entire project.  The goal for this initial phase is to protect the house from further damage and to make the entire property safe and secure.  This involves:
  • Closing in the open sections at the rear of the original structure
  • Developing a property survey
  • Removing potentially damaging trees adjacent to the house
  • Installing a perimeter fence
  • Providing temporary electrical for the site
We are seeking local business partners who can help with one or more of these steps:  contractors, fencing companies, tree services, electricians, and property survey specialists.

Are you or do you know of anyone who may have the skills to help us with this phase on a pro bono or discounted basis?  If so, please let us know!  Send email to Janice Thompson at jthompson@sarahclayeshouse.org

Thank you so much for all of your support.  This is truly a whole-community effort!

Take a look at local press about the auction that allowed Goldman Sachs to donate the Clayes property to us last winter!  

Please visit our website for more information on our project, and to make your financial donation today!


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