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Gas Giant Forces Orphanage Charity From Offices
Heroes of the Nation (HTN), an orphanage charity that runs one of the largest orphanages in Africa, faces eviction from its home offices by AmeriGas, the largest propane company in the U.S.
The nonprofit organization Heroes of the Nation, a registered 501(c) 3 based in Redding, CA, which runs Kenya's largest orphanage of over 530 children, faces a March 31, 2013 eviction notice. HTN has been part of the Redding business community for nine years and has occupied its office space for the last five years.
Andrew Sievright, Heroes of the Nation Founder, reportedly requested AmeriGas’s District Manager Jay Davis to postpone their move in date to allow the charity enough time to find an adequate replacement. But Sievright’s request was denied by Davis and AmeriGas. Sievright said that his petition for deadline extension included an offer to compensate the building’s owners for the rent differential beyond the eviction date of March 31, 2013.
Weeks prior, Sievright had asked Davis about the possibility of AmeriGas taking over the offices in the future. Davis assured Sievright that, should the time come, it would not be for many months to a year later. As a neighborly gesture, Sievright showed Davis the office space and the charity’s operations. Unbeknownst to the charity, Mr. Davis soon after contacted the building’s owners, offered more money for the space, and told the owners to evict the charity. Both parties denied the charity the courtesy of prompt notification and gave HTN the minimum notice required by State Law.
Sievright notes, "It is sad that these giant corporations have so little concern for communities that make them so much money that they would treat a long established charity this way, an organization with deep roots in Redding, without granting us a little extra time to move out. " Sievright adds, “I told Mr. Davis that finding sufficient and affordable office space on such short notice constituted an extreme hardship for us. Since we’ve been established in the local business community here for almost a decade, we were just hoping for some 'community-spirit' consideration.”
AmeriGas District Manager Jay Davis has denied the orphanage charity’s petition for extra time to find a suitable new office location.
Heroes of the Nation
Established in 1999 and based in Redding, California and Nairobi, Kenya, Heroes of the Nation is a registered 501(c) 3 organization with 70 worldwide staff. For more information, please visit http://www.htn.org .
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Heroes of the Nation
AmeriGas District Manager Jay Davis