HAC Structural Foundation Project

During our 29 years of service, the practitioners of the Healing Arts center have provided over 100,000 treatments, primarily to the Orcas Island community. We have a mission to provide space and support for holistic healthcare treatments and services, as well as education about wellness. We understand the mission of our nonprofit organization to involve stewarding the historic structure that we work from as a good home for future as well as present practitioners. We are one of the oldest and largest holistic healthcare cooperatives in the US.

Our building is one of the oldest houses in Eastsound. While masterfully built in 1904, the farmhouse was built on a foundation of flat beach rocks and cedar stumps, and shored up by pier blocks, and eventually posts and beams, over time. This has sufficed up until now, but evidence of structural instability is visible and further complications are imminent. Projects such as energy-efficient windows need to be put on hold until the critical structural needs are addressed.

The goal of this current phase of our Master Building Plan is to cover the costs associated with architectural and engineering design of a stable perimeter foundation. Our grant request was approved for inclusion in the catalog of the Orcas Island Community Foundation’s annual GiveOrcas fund drive for the month of May, 2016. The $2500 grant funds raised through that campaign, though less than 2% of the estimated $150 thousand needed for the entire project, is an important encouragement and vote of confidence.

Once we fund and complete the design phase of this project, implementation will involve permitting, disconnection, raising the existing building, construction of a perimeter foundation, insulation and sealing, reconnection, construction of an internal stairway, and painting. We will be continuing to look for grants, and continue fundraising, as well as contributing from our own accounts and accepting in-kind donations. Please use the Donate button found on any page of this website and earmark your contribution as “Foundation” in the memo area. Or give us a call and we can discuss other ways to contribute. You’ll help us ensure the continued presence of the Healing Arts Center in Eastsound for many years to come.