Kzoo facility to help homeless nears fundraising goal

Rendering of new Ministry with Community building that will be three times larger. (March 24, 2015)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A new facility in Kalamazoo which will help the homeless has already raised more than 70 percent of its campaign goal in just a year.

Ministry with Community announced on Tuesday that it has raised $4.2 million so far for their new $6 million building, which will be located on the corner of N. Edwards Street and E. Ransom Street in downtown Kalamazoo.

Organizers hope to raise the rest of the money from community donations through their Rebuilding Lives campaign. The Van Domelen Challenge is also providing a dollar for dollar match for new donations up to $1 million.

The 24,000 square foot facility will be open for anyone struggling with homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, unemployment, mental illness and other challenges. Last year, they served 1,400 local residents.

The public shelter area will be three times larger and the dining room will accommodate almost twice as many people.

“It’s going to be an environment respectful of its occupants and really helps to strengthen that sense of dignity and self worth that is very often the first step towards rebuilding your life, said Rob Oakleaf, Executive Director of Ministry with Community.

Ministry with Community plans to break ground on the new building this summer.

People can donate to the campaign by visiting ministrywithcommunity.org or by mail at 440 N. Church Street, Kalamazoo 49007..

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