KMB Design Group Partners with Lutheran Church of Reformation to Open New Community Assistance Facility

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Engineering firm KMB Design Group gives back to community by donating engineering services and financial support to benefit underprivileged families in local community.

Local residents gather to welcome the new Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet.

"Together, we helped to plan, design and construct a Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet to better serve the families in our community that need it most."

KMB Design Group, a full service engineering firm in the United States and Europe, just completed an intensive community outreach program benefiting more than 250 underprivileged families on the Jersey Shore. Partnering with the Lutheran Church of Reformation in West Long Branch, NJ, KMB Design Group donated both engineering services and financial support to open a new Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet. Both spaces opened this past Saturday, April 13, 2019.

The KMB engineering team provided pro bono turnkey project and construction management services to ensure that the Reformation Church had the facility space and resources to continue its mission of supporting local families in need. KMB’s contributions to the non-profit’s expansion began at the planning stages and extended through Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony. Provided services included:

●    Site Surveying
●    Zoning Drawings & Professional Testimony
●    Architectural, MEP and Civil Engineering Plans
●    Landscaping
●    Utility Coordination
●    Construction Administration

“KMB has always valued community service,” says Stephen A. Bray, President and CEO of KMB Design Group. “Through our longstanding partnership with the Lutheran Church of Reformation, we were able to recognize and respond to their call for help. KMB’s engineering expertise and strong client-focused approach uniquely positioned us to assist in realizing their goals. Together, we helped to plan, design and construct a Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet to better serve the families in our community that need it most.”

The West Long Branch Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet had been operating in an inadequate space, limiting the Reformation Church’s ability to adequately provide much needed food and clothing to the community. The newly designed space will ensure faster, more easily accessed services for families in all levels of need.

“Our mission is to ‘simply feed the hungry’ but our goal has always been to do that while preserving the dignity of those in need,” states Debbie Keszler, Food Pantry Director. “By building a new 990-square foot pantry, we will now be able to better serve our 250 families. We have private interview stations, we are now handicap accessible, all refrigeration is in one building, and the clients are no longer standing out in the middle of the parking lot. We are truly blessed!”

The Community Clothes Closet is open to any member of the community in need of clothing. Donated seasonal clothing is available in all sizes from infant to adult, including shoes, socks and accessories. Reformation’s Food Pantry opened more than 20 years ago and provides more than 250 families with monthly food, social agency referrals as needed, as well as a sympathetic ear for members in need.

Founded in 2008, KMB Design Group prioritizes a corporate commitment to giving back to its community. KMB provides monthly financial contributions and holds an annual clothing drive to benefit the West Long Branch church. The Food Pantry and Community Clothes Closet represent KMB’s largest pro bono community engineering project to date, with continued community outreach planned for the future.

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About KMB Design Group

KMB Design Group is licensed in 50 states and is a leading telecommunications, MEP and solar engineering firm with locations in the New York, Austin, Charlotte, Orlando, San Francisco and Chicago metropolitan areas. KMB provides a full range of offerings, including structural, mechanical, electrical, solar, civil engineering and construction management services.

About West Long Branch Lutheran Church of Reformation
Established in 1931, the West Long Branch Lutheran Church of Reformation is dedicated to helping all members of its community, whether through faith formation, providing food and clothing, prayer shawls, Meals at Noon, or assistance for survivors of Superstorm Sandy.

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