Tallahassee Nonprofit Moves to New Donated Space

Big Brothers Big Sisters New Location
Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 18:59:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Last week, WTXL reported about a local firm helping a nonprofit organization find a new home.

Wednesday, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend (BBSBBB) moved into its new location.

This is the second move in one month for the nonprofit, which was based at its headquarters on Tennessee Street since 2005.

Years of storm damage left the place in poor shape. The building had ceiling damage, mold and rotting walls. Hurricane Hermine only made matters worse, forcing the organization to leave.

BBBSBB moved to the TCC Capitol Complex, but later, the Tallahassee firm of James Moore & Co., CPAS stepped in to offer space. BBBSBB CEO Alva Striplin says having the new location is a huge relief.

"It was wonderful, because I was completely stressed," Striplin said. "Where is my staff going to go, and how are we going to keep serving the kids that we need to serve and keep providing mentors to them? We want people to know where we are. We don't want to be in transition all the time. And they said, 'Come, you have a home here for as long as you need it.'"

The nonprofit estimates the damage to its original location is in the six-figure range. BBBSBB is in the process of figuring out whether or not it's possible to return to its original location.