ADA is the law but it is also the right thing to do.

The Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows are stepping up to embrace universal design, by adding an elevator and accessible restroom in their building to allow everyone access—not as needy or different—but as simple, everyday equal.

Building a space designed for people of all abilities.

With the ADA, the needs of people with disabilities is no longer a battle with obstacles. Universal design, now mandated by law, is a concept that encourages architecture to accommodate everyone, period.

JR JEFoundation treasurer Jim Rudolph at elevator construction with architect John Evans

The Odd Fellows Hall is a community treasure.

You may have spent evenings at the Odd Fellows Hall listening to music, dancing or attending a lecture. When we asked for donations, you always opened your hearts and wallets to help us with our mission of community service. The pandemic has shut down these events, as well as everyone's socializing in general. The good news is we can come back to a space that is more welcoming to all.

Costs are up. Income is down.

Now the challenges. It is no easy task adding an elevator to an historic building. We're doing a careful renovation to keep the character of the old with the convenience of the new. But at every turn there are new surprises: aging wiring to fix; walls to reinforce; rot to repair. We are not just adding an elevator and accessible bathroom. We are polishing a long-neglected gem.

Then there's the pandemic. As well as the loss of income from our events, we offered our tenant’s rent relief to lessen the financial hardship of Covid. This double whammy means we could really use your help.

There’s a very real chance we’ll need to halt construction if we can’t get a little help from our friends.


With your help we’ll be back even better.

The pandemic will surely fade with time and the Odd Fellows will once again open our doors. With your help, we can welcome that future with a hall that welcomes everyone equally. I hope you will join me in making a donation to the HMB-ODD Foundation. Consider it an investment in a better future.

Take a moment to see photos and learn more about our efforts to modernize and improve our community space.

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P.S. Good news. Your donation to the HMB-ODD Foundation is fully deductible according to IRS regulations.