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Old 04-04-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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Convert School Bus to Help the Homeless & Poor

My name is Ron Joy.

I am a volunteer at non-profit, volunteer organization Rise Again Outreach, located in the Concord, NH area. Our goal is share Godís love with people who are in crisis or poverty by helping to meet their temporal and spiritual needs.

We operate a clothing and food pantry to help meet the practical daily life needs of families and individuals in the capital area with clothing, food and other necessities donated from the community. We take donations of clothing and food and redistribute them free to those in need. We currently operate the pantry in the basement of a very small church, but we recently purchased a full size bus to create a "mobile pantry" to bring assistance to communities that are struggling. We are hoping to have the mobile pantry ready to roll in late Spring 2008. I attached a photo of the bus.

I have so many questions, I don't know where to start, but here is a couple.

Has anyone every converted a school bus to a mobile clothing and food pantry before?

We have no experience converting a school bus to anything. Are there any good resources available?

Thanks friends.

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Old 04-04-2008, 09:30 PM   #2
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Re: Convert School Bus to Help the Homeless & Poor

Agreed after countless hours of research for bus conversion sites, once i found this one i haven't left. what do you have questions about what kind of layout are you thinking about?
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:33 PM   #3
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Re: Convert School Bus to Help the Homeless & Poor

I don't think I've seen anyone doing quite what you are planning on doing, but what you have in mind sounds a lot simpler than converting one of these buses into Motor Homes or rolling party buses...

Aside from lots of shelving and enough lighting to see what your doing...perhaps install a lavatory for use by workers, and a generator for power when stopped... Actually, you'd probably have been better off looking around for a bookmobile type of bus, would already have most of what you need done!!

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Old 04-08-2008, 04:57 PM   #4
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Thanks to those who responded.
We are meeting the day after tomorrow to discuss floor plan, etc.
My initial questions have to do with the flooring. Do we need vapor barrier and insulation? What are options for flooring?
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