reStart Inc – 2015 Capital Campaign
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reStart Inc – Our Most Recent Facility Renovations
Youth Emergency Shelter – July 2015
Thanks to our partnership with Swiss Re, the reStart youth shelter received an upgrade including the renovation of the kitchen, technology room, bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry facility. The modern look and functional space feel provides a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment that is for all youth. The renovation was completed in July 2015.
Adult Emergency Shelter – November, 2013
On November 18, 2013 we celebrated the opening of two renovated floors of emergency shelter space for homeless single adults. Thanks to the generous donors that supported our “Home for Good” campaign, homeless men and women no longer need to line up outside our facility each day to secure a bed for the night in an overcrowded, dingy dormitory setting. Instead, 42 women and 48 men are housed 24/7/365 in clean, dignified quad rooms on the first and second floors of our building. Bathrooms and common spaces are fully-accessible and we provide on-site mental health services and full access to supportive programs for life skills, employment, health & nutrition, substance abuse, mainstream benefits and permanent housing. We project that the program to serve 500 clients in 2014, with 80% expected to exit homelessness for good!
Family Shelter – 2012-2013 and ongoing
In December 2011 we moved the Family Shelter out of the fifth floor of our main facility (where families had been housed in cramped, dorm-style rooms sharing a common bathroom with nine other families) into an adjacent three-story, 13-unit facility where each family has its own one- or two-bedroom apartment with a private bathroom and full kitchen. During 2012-2013, we completed additional improvements to this facility including replacing the roof, installing a new boiler, adding central air-conditioning, replacing aging windows with energy-efficient, child-safe windows, adding energy-efficient lighting, installing a security system, and purchasing energy-efficient refrigerators for each unit and washers and dryers for each floor. Though families are already benefitting from these improvements, work is still needed both on the exterior and interior of the building, including replacing flooring, repairing the building’s facade and repainting units and common spaces throughout.
Multipurpose Room and Small Conference Room – March, 2012
Renovations in 2011 and 2012 created these new rooms that are used daily for family and group activities, staff and volunteer meetings and classes and workshops that help our clients work toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing. In the first year after we completed the multipurpose room, our average class size grew from 14.6 participants to 22.5 participants, and we went from offering an average of 61 classes per month to an average of 80 classes per month. We anticipate that these spaces will be used even more heavily now that we have 90 more single adults in our Adult Emergency Shelter that are able to access classes and workshops during daytime hours.
Work yet to be completed for our Capital Campaign includes a new accessible side entrance for residents that will not only allow access for persons with physical disabilities and mobility problems, but will also be better for parents with strollers and baby carriers; the kitchen and dining room; and wings on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors.
Your Support Can Help! If you are interested in making a donation to the campaign, please contact Evelyn Craig, President & CEO, at 816.472.5664 ext. 252 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org – Tax credits are also available.
Some of our major donors include: the Hall Family Foundation, the JE and LE Mabee Foundation, JE Dunn Construction Company, City of Kansas City, Missouri – Community Development Block Grant, the Missouri Housing Trust Fund, the Sunderland Foundation, the American Century Foundation, H&R Block, the WT Kemper Foundation, Gary Dickinson Family Charitable Foundation, and many more generous individuals.
The Honorary Chair of the Renovation project is Mr. William Dunn, Sr., President Emeritus of JE Dunn Construction Company in Kansas City and one of the top philanthropic leaders in our community, well experienced in major capital campaigns. The Chair is Robert P. Dunn, of JE Dunn Construction and the Dunn Family Foundation. Bob Dunn has provided countless hours of work to help ensure this project is a success and will meet the needs of homeless citizens –neighbors sharing our community.