Karen George, Capital Campaign Chair (left) and Brenda White, President of The Women’s Home Board of Directors (right)
Adele and Ber Pieper graciously opened their home on Thursday, November 20 for the exciting announcement that The Women’s Home had not only achieved, but surpassed the magic halfway mark toward our goal of $22 million of capital expansion. The celebration included those tied the closest to The Home: our Board of Directors, Advisory Board members and Leadership Circle contributors. The buzz of conversation was all positive about the remarkable growth of The Home’s capacity and impact on the community. The room was filled with those who had seen us through three different capital campaigns over 25 years alongside those who just recently became influential to the mission. This group was collectively responsible for reaching this incredible milestone. Funding from individuals, private foundations and government sources all are combined to meet our total. Led by our Capital Campaign chairs, Karen and Larry George there was plenty of support, endorsement and the opening of doors to help with our achievements to date. We are especially proud of the Tax Credit award that we received because of incredible community support displayed at City Hall earlier in the year.
The money from the capital campaign will support the construction of our WholeLife™ Service Center and a new 84-unit, two and three bedroom affordable supportive housing complex for women and their families. The new facilities will be up the street from our Jane Cizik Garden Place, which provides supportive housing in one bedroom units. The new family complex, using the same highly successful management techniques of Jane Cizik Garden Place, will enable families who have struggled against rising housing costs to maintain a permanent residence.
The WholeLife Service Center will provide educational and healthcare services for the community. These services will include enriching after school and summer programs for elementary school children. Children’s programs will include creative movement, art classes and nature classes in the 14,000 sq. ft. Certified Outdoor Classroom. The adult education and workforce development programs will be able to serve over 2,600 adults a week. Services for adults will include Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as Second Language (ESL), and college courses in 4 classrooms with flexible walls, which will seat a total of 80 persons. The WholeLife Service Center will also include a 30-unit computer lab.
The healthcare clinic inside the WholeLife Service Center will provide behavioral and physical health services for children and adults. Healthcare will include psychoeducational support groups facilitated by The Women’s Home staff and other partners. The Women’s Home will partner with other organizations in the community to provide these support services. This new project will help build a thriving community by helping residents build whole lives for themselves and their families.
We expect to have groundbreaking ceremonies in March, followed by construction that should last from a full year to eighteen months.