For the second year in a row, Gateway Domestic Violence Center has passed a major milestone in its campaign to build a new emergency shelter, just in time for Christmas.
Gateway to 2020, the capital campaign to build the new facility, has passed its original $2.5 million fundraising goal. The updated campaign goal is $3 million, and Gateway now has $461,834 left to raise.
Earlier this month at a “thank you” reception for board members and major campaign donors, Gateway Executive Director Jessica Butler gave an update about how far the campaign has come and where it’s headed next. Currently community contractors are working on bids to build the new shelter, and the organization showed off renderings and plans for the site.
The original $2.5 million fundraising goal was based on multiple consultations with construction professionals, but it became clear in 2018 that the amount would need to be adjusted.
“Due to rising construction costs and the desire to start building on sound financial footing, the board made the decision at its March 2018 meeting to raise the campaign goal from $2.5 million to $3 million,” Butler said. “This is not a decision the board took lightly, but we feel it will best position Gateway to continue its mission the day we open the doors of the new shelter.”
Last Christmas the campaign had its application for funding in the 2018 Round of the Competitive Affordable Housing Program (AHP) approved and was awarded $720,000, pushing the organization past the $2 million mark.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in its support of the campaign, and we are hopeful they will help us reach the finish line,” Butler said, adding that group’s goal is to break ground early next year and relocate by the end of 2020. “These are exciting times, and we wouldn’t be here without the support of the generous individuals and businesses of our community.”
For more information about Gateway to 2020 including naming opportunities, contact 770-539-9080 or visit www.gatewaydvcenter.org/2020.