Oct 13 - Nov 4, 2018

Dignity Market & Office Rebuild


The Mustard Seed

Project Overview

There are two elements to this project:

  1. The Dignity Market. The Mustard Seed serves over 5,000 people a month through their food hamper program. HeroWork will transform this program into a “Dignity Market,” a shopping experience that returns the dignity of choice to vulnerable people and families who come for food. This new program will also use shopping helpers who will build relationships and trust with clients, providing food information, referring services, and helping to implement transformational change.
  2. Office Rebuild. The Mustard Seed’s continuum of care reaches far beyond the Food Bank, however. To keep providing their services and growing their impact, they need more office spaces that are properly designed and efficient. Staff are currently crammed into below standard conditions, reducing morale and team health.

By transforming their warehouse into a Dignity Market and expanding office space, the Mustard Seed’s capacity and facilities will be improved, affecting thousands of people every month for years to come.


We will bring dignity & capacity to those in need, and lift up the Mustard Seed to do more

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Our 2018 Partners

Without these people & companies we wouldn't be able to organize and complete our 2018 Radical Renovations. Thank you to each of them!

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Basic Renovation Details

Dignity market
Former warehouse will be professionally redesigned to provide an inviting interior atmosphere
New energy-efficient freezers and coolers
Display structures
New walls and ceiling
New lighting
New and upgraded plumbing
New electrical wiring

Dignity market entrance
Re-designed to be welcoming, yet control access

Office to right of dignity market
Adapted to allow for appointments for dignity market

Reinforced seismic upgrading
Redesigned racking and shelving

Second Floor

New Offices
Three new offices to be built over dignity warehouse
Emphasis on openness and lighting – potential skylights
New cabinets

Old offices upgrade
Potential skylights
Walls opened up with glass to hallways
Re-painted and decorated
Replace Flooring
New furniture

New staff room
Open concept with glass walls
Kitchenette with new sinks, fridge, stove, dishwasher
Drop ceiling
New furniture

Upstairs office hallways
Replace flooring

Upgrade plumbing in dignity warehouse
Install new plumbing in second floor staff room

HVAC / Ventilation
Upgrade air exchange and air replacement systems
Relocate and re-duct heating units for second floor and dignity warehouse

Upgrade of existing 3 phase 400 amp service
Subpanels for new 3 phase freezer units (most energy efficient)
Wiring of dignity market and new offices
Upgrade of fire code running man signs, emergency lighting

HeroWork Testimonials

Great crew, organization, and atmosphere.

Past HeroWork Volunteer

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Past HeroWork Volunteer

Great to see all the amazing effort that's gone into this transformation and kudos to everyone who stepped in to help others.

Past HeroWork Volunteer

I am very moved by the whole experience & being part of an enthusiastic community effort.

Past HeroWork Volunteer