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Donor gives $250K to complete inipi area at OneHeart


An anonymous donor has given $250,000 to OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing to complete the inipi area on the south side of the future transformation campus.

An inipi, often referred to as a sweat lodge, is used in rites of purification in many Native cultures. The $250,000 donation is for a building near the inipi that OneHeart’s Native guests can use in preparation for and following a sweat, as well as for classroom space – mainly for cultural programming – when the inipi is not in use for ceremony. The donated funds also cover fencing and landscaping to maintain the site’s privacy and security.

“The sweat lodge at OneHeart has been dreamed about for years by so many people involved with the project as a way to heal, educate, and bridge cultures,” Executive Director Charity Doyle said. “The whole campus ended up being a tremendous undertaking, and existing resources could only be stretched so far. We worried that we would have to delay this amenity. When a donor came forward to fund this specific piece of the campus, it was an answer to a prayer."

OneHeart’s mission is to create pathways out of poverty for those desiring to thrive. For some, that pathway will include spiritual or cultural components. The Main Provider Building will house a small chapel, for example, for prayer or gatherings such as Bible studies for guests wanting to practice their Christian faiths. Program participants who choose to do so will be encouraged, but not required, to incorporate their traditions and beliefs into their self-directed plans.

“Native people believe that physical and spiritual health are connected; body and spirit must heal together,” Transformation Director Chad Ratigan said. “We would like to make things as culturally relevant as possible for guests who practice those beliefs by offering an inipi. This cultural offering will not only serve our guests on their journey through transformation, but it will also assist with educating our community and breaking down those cultural barriers that exist.”

“This donor understands what we are doing and how much of a difference we can make in fostering inclusivity,” Doyle said. “People need to be made to feel like they belong for true transformation to occur, and the sweat lodge site will help us do that for our Native American program participants. We are deeply grateful for this generous and thoughtful gift.”

 

Below: A preliminary plan for the inipi/cultural site at OneHeart, courtesy of JLG Architects.

Campus construction kicks into high gear
Construction is now underway on virtually every corner of the future OneHeart campus. Demolition began last month outside the main entrance to the residential towers on the 100 block of Kansas City Street, while Scull crews and subcontractors continue their work at the Secondary Provider Building next door and the Main Provider Building on the west end of the campus property.
Meet Ron Hopp
 
While he loves the great outdoors, Ron Hopp has spent much of his professional life in cyberspace. Ron joined the OneHeart staff in July as the new Tech Manager who will also oversee the database system that OneHeart will share with many of its provider partners.
Ron grew up in Wisconsin. He moved around the country for school and jobs before settling in the Rapid City area in 1998. Prior to joining the OneHeart team, Ron worked as an IT and risk manager for a concessions company at Mount Rushmore.

Ron and his wife Tamie have two children, a 22-year-old son and a teenage daughter. When he's not learning the ins-and-outs of OneHeart's shared database, he likes to spend his free time with his family cycling, running, hiking, and enjoying other outdoor activities.

PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT: Mommy's Closet

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOA) has operated Mommy's Closet in Rapid City since 2014. It functions as a crisis resource center for low-income and homeless families, offering emergency supplies of diapers/wipes, formula, hygiene products, blankets, and food boxes.
VOA is an affiliate of the National Diaper Bank and works to broaden diaper distribution and improve access for those in need. A total of approximately 100,000 diapers are distributed by Mommy’s Closet annually.

Mommy’s Closet impacts the long-term health and safety of children during a critical period of development, where their needs might otherwise go unmet due to financial barriers. Through improved hygiene, skin infections and urinary tract infections are minimized in young children.  Further, access to childcare is often contingent on the family providing disposable diapers to the facility.

Case management services, point-in-time referrals, and housing assistance are offered to help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Operating at 111 New York St., Mommy’s Closet is a safe place to problem solve issues surrounding parenting, housing, education, employment, and finances. VOA works side-by-side with the families and other organizations, like OneHeart, to drive personal outcomes.
Watch for information on National Diaper Need Awareness Week, Sept. 21-27, during which education and donation efforts are elevated to increase community awareness.
Hitting the links for OneHeart
A heartfelt thank you goes out to the Pennington County Bar Association for making OneHeart the beneficiary of the 14th Annual Seventh Circuit Charity Golf Tournament at The Golf Club at Red Rock on Aug. 21.

Team OneHeart played great, and the rest of the crew happily helped with check-in and the putting contest.
Sign on with Amazon Smile
 
If you’re a regular on Amazon these days, consider ordering via Amazon Smile so your eligible purchases can benefit OneHeart, at no extra cost to you.

Added bonus? If the card you use for Amazon Smile orders is connected to the RoundUp app contributing to the campus project, OneHeart receives the Smile donation AND the "change" from that purchase because you’re already rounding up for OneHeart!
The 'Why' behind OneHeart
 
We shared a video last month explaining who might benefit from the OneHeart campus - the single dad trying to secure stable, full-time employment, or the family of five living in a motel room.

This month, learn WHY OneHeart is needed in our community as this video describes some of the problems the transformation campus can help to address for both program participants and our provider partners.

ONE COMMUNITY. ONE MISSION. ONEHEART.

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