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OneHeart supporters await Vision decision

Supporters of Rapid City Collective Impact and its project, OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing, filled the Council Chambers at the City/School Administration Center on Dec. 20 for RCCI’s presentation before Rapid City’s Vision Committee.

RCCI has requested $5 million in Vision funds, the remaining capital needed to purchase a 4-acre property and complete building renovations for the proposed transformation campus. The property includes the majority of the 100 to 300 blocks along the south side of Kansas City Street.

Project Manager Charity Doyle opted to forego a traditional presentation in favor of showing a 10-minute video produced by RCCI. In it, several people, including a formerly homeless man, a downtown business owner and a Lakota elder, help to explain the need for OneHeart and the possibilities for positive change that come with it.

Doyle then addressed questions from the committee, including one regarding what she would consider “success” for OneHeart. Doyle, who became choked up as she began to answer, composed herself before replying, “Success for OneHeart is going to be when, no matter who you are – Native or white, affluent or poor – you feel like you are part of this community."

OneHeart would provide transitional housing and multiple human services in one centralized location for program clients struggling with homelessness and in need of “wrap-around” services - from behavioral and mental health counseling, to life skills and job training, among others.

Existing agencies and organizations are critical partners in the project, and representatives from many of them attended the Vision hearing last month. They not only will refer appropriate clients to OneHeart, but they also will provide the on-site services there, either on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Vision Committee vetted more than 20 community projects for potential funding in the current round of allocations. Committee members must now prioritize those projects and will present their final recommendations to the Rapid City Council for consideration at a special meeting on Jan. 31.

According to the city's website, the council will receive a list of city projects to be considered for Vision funding at the same meeting. The council makes the final decision on which projects receive funds and how much each receives.


Below: Vision Committee members watch and listen during the OneHeart presentation.

Don't have time to watch RCCI’s full-length OneHeart video?
HERE to view a shorter version!

Initiative Update
Learn more about Rapid City Collective Impact and its priority areas of focus in the latest edition of the RCCI Initiative Update.

The document highlights the work happening around Food Security, Affordable Housing and OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing, and explains the role of the 2018 Emerging Leaders cadre.
Emerging Leaders
RCCI and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation will celebrate the contributions of the 2018 Emerging Leaders at a banquet this month.

The year-long fellowship gave 30 individuals an opportunity to participate in the collective impact process, support RCCI’s efforts and learn more about the community in which they live and work.

"Together, building the most caring community."

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