Open Arms has a great deal to be thankful for. We have secured $8.1 million and successfully completed our capital campaign. The success of our campaign will allow us to finish construction of our new facility at 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue and begin serving even more clients with chronic, progressive and potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Since announcing our campaign in May of 2007, we have had tremendous support from this community – from a $5 gift from the four-year-old daughter of a volunteer to a million dollar donation from longtime supporters. More than 1,200 individuals, foundations, corporations and faith communities have contributed to our campaign. This tremendous outpouring of support – in the midst of the Great Recession – means Open Arms will qualify for an $800,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation and a $400,000 challenge grant from the Bush Foundation.
We are grateful for all the support we have received. To thank our friends and donors we are hosting an open house at our new site on Tuesday, December 1 – World AIDS Day – from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please join us for champagne and tours of the building. For those of you who have been frustrated by the lack of parking at our current building, there are over 40 spots in our new parking lot.
It’s not too late to make a contribution to our campaign. Contributions received will be used to expand our program to serve more clients. Tiles, to be installed in our new kitchen and reception areas, are also still available.
To our donors, volunteers and friends – thank you for supporting the work of Open Arms for 23 years. And thank you very much for supporting our capital campaign. Together, we will continue to strive for the realization of our vision: A world of abundance where no one will have to go hungry.