Photo: Provided by Bethany House ServicesBethany House Services broke ground on a new $18.5 million facility earlier this week.
The organization says it is the largest provider of emergency shelter and housing programs for families experiencing homelessness. Officials say services currently are scattered throughout the city, and this main shelter and comprehensive services center will consolidate everything into one location.
The new center at 4769 Reading Road in Bond Hill is expected to open next fall.
“Our vision to consolidate into one location began in 2015, and thanks to more than 200 generous donors, it became a reality today,” Susan Schiller, CEO of Bethany House, says in a press release.
Bethany House leaders say donations included $11 million in private donations, $4.65 million in public funding and $2.8 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing.
Officials say the new facility is designed for children & families and includes:
- Private family bedrooms
- On-site medical and mental health care for children & adults
- Employment services
- Counseling and educational programs
- Classrooms for life skills and job readiness programs
- Interactive, age-based indoor enrichment areas and outdoor children’s play spaces
- Access to a full range of support services for every family served.
“We’re not finished fundraising,” says H. Kim Baird, board member and co-chair of the campaign committee. “To keep the cost of the building down, we had to cut some important items. We are working to raise another $1.2 million to cover the cost of those additional features.”
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