The Christmas present Executive Director Jessica Butler was anxiously awaiting along with the rest of the Gateway Domestic Violence Center staff was funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
After starting an application process earlier this year, the domestic violence center finally was awarded $720,000 through the bank’s Competitive Affordable Housing Program.
That money has put Butler and Gateway over the $2-million mark in its campaign for a new emergency shelter.
Butler said Thursday, Dec. 20, the total stands at $2,020,876 as of Thursday, Dec. 20.
“We feel like our goal of raising $2.5 million is now within reach,” she said.
The shelter announced in March there was a contract in place on a property, as the center is hoping to have a minimum 15,000-square-foot facility with access to public transportation and job opportunities. At that time, the campaign known as “Gateway to 2020” had $1.12 million.
“We’ve had another foundation award $100,000 in the last month and then we’ve had several individuals in the community send very generous gifts to get us to this point,” Butler said.
Butler said 164 of the 185 donors are individuals.
The current shelter was built more than 30 years ago to house 15 people.
The shelter is consistently at or above its capacity.
The lease on Gateway’s current property will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
Butler said the center is still on track to be in the location by the end of 2020.
“We’re just really grateful for all the people in the community who have helped us get to this point. It’s really incredible when you think about how much has been raised for our domestic violence shelter,” Butler said, as she now turns her attention to the last $500,000.
Anyone interested in how to donate can contact 770-539-9080 or www.gatewaydvcenter.org/2020.