Wellington CSC launches fundraiser
Grace Village, a faith-based 501-©-3 non-profit organization created by Zion Lutheran Church of Wellington, has a dream: to create a resource center where people with many types of needs can find help and a helping hand to help them overcome challenges. time.
Pastor Mark Gabbart recently took to the church to speak to members of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce about plans to make their dream a reality. Its mission is to connect its neighbors with uplifting, encouraging and life-enhancing resources.
As they enter the fundraising phase of the project, they need to raise $1.4 million to erect a building to house the resource center. It will be built on land that the church already owns and that has been used as a community garden for many years.
Their research shows the need is great with nearly 11% of Larimer County residents currently living at or below federal poverty guidelines, 38,000 residents are food insecure, and 32% of children in school-age children receive free or reduced-price meals. More than 700 Wellington residents had an income below the poverty line in 2019. Many live without health insurance. These are desperate needs that must be met. They are youth, children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, former members of the middle class and on the verge of homelessness.
The exciting parts of this center are the fact that it will house the Wellington Food Bank, which will allow it to be open for ‘shopping’ on many more days than is currently available. The center has commitments from Larimer County Social Services and Summitstone Health Partners to have offices in the building. They are working to add a clothing bank, children’s speech and reading center, counseling and mental health services, income tax and financial aid offices. They will provide space for community groups and youth activities, educational support services and a place where groups of people can come just to talk.
Their fundraising strategy is to secure 100% of the financing needed to construct the already designed 4,800 square foot building. They also aim to raise $250,000 to fund start-up expenses and initial operating costs. They will not use any borrowed money and intend to run all programs with ongoing fundraising efforts.
By supporting the campaign for this community service centre, you will be supporting the entire community of Wellington. You can help break the chains of poverty that hold so many back. They offer online donations, writing a check or buying a commemorative brick that will allow your name to be displayed on the property forever. More information is available at wellingtoncsc.org/.