World Care to relocate after 8 years - Tucson News Now

World Care to relocate after 8 years

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Its a situation that gives new meaning to the phrase "everything must go."

A Tucson-based relief agency is losing its home.

World Care officials say it has to move out of its current headquarters on the south side.

The former Keen Elementary School campus near Palo Verde and Interstate 10 is unusable due to erosion and repeated water main breaks.

In the last 20 years, they've responded to dozens of disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Today World Care staff say they're facing a disaster of their own.

"We're in a very desperate situation," World Care CEO and Founder Lisa Hopper said. "We found out pipes under the building are disintegrating. [We] had several mini water breaks."

After seven water main breaks, Lisa hopper says it's time to go.

"The cost of what a 65-year-old building brings to you has gotten way to expensive," she said. "That's not what we want our donor's dollars to go to."

"We have had water bills in the thousands of dollars [and] can't see what's going on underground until the water starts gushing."

Moving also comes at a big cost. By Nov. 1, World Care has to get rid of all of its donations.

Volunteers have been boxing up stuff; several pallets will immediately be shipped off to hospitals in Africa.

Through Saturday, you'll find a big yard sale going on at World Care headquarters. Corporate offices are moving downtown but World Care is still looking for donations centers. They hope to raise $250,000. They're also in desperate need of volunteers to help sort through all the donations.

"I'm going to miss it," Hopper said. "It's like our family here."

"It's sad for us. At the same time, can't really think of the emotions. We really need to get out of the facility and rebuild World Care in a different way."

To volunteer or buy donated items, stop by the World Care headquarters every day this week until 3 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The facility is located at 3538 Ellington Place. 

World Care has provided more than $55 million in humanitarian aid locally and for disasters world wide.

You can get more information by visiting www.worldcare.org.

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