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SEPTEMBER 2018
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County's Care Campus to open soon

Pennington County’s Care Campus is scheduled to open later this month, bringing questions to the forefront again about how the county’s facility differs from Rapid City Collective Impact’s proposed OneHeart campus. While the two will not necessarily serve the same clients in the same way, they align in their missions to more efficiently and effectively help the most vulnerable members of our community.

The Pennington County Commission approved funding in December 2016 to reconstruct the property at 321 Kansas City Street in order to consolidate several county programs and services. Now known as the Care Campus, the facility brings Pennington County Health and Human Services, Safe Solutions, Detox and the Crisis Care Center under one roof. The facility will also house the Rapid City Police Department’s Quality of Life Unit and, once second-floor renovations are complete, in-patient treatment programs as well.

In short, the Care Campus will serve people in behavioral and mental health crisis situations, while also providing a safe space for individuals under the influence who simply need a place to “sleep it off," or need to get out of the cold of a harsh South Dakota winter.
County officials say the majority of people served by these programs walk through their doors voluntarily. By having so many services in one location, staff will be able to ensure those clients get to the appropriate program in a timely manner, and they will be able to encourage clients to continue their recovery efforts because the next step in the process may be, quite literally, just steps away in the very same building.

Eventually, some of those who successfully complete programs at the county facility could be good candidates for the future OneHeart transformation campus, to be located on Kansas City Street immediately to the east of the Care Campus.
OneHeart guests may not be in the throes of a behavioral health crisis, like many of those who will seek services at the Care Campus, but they will be living in the crisis of poverty and homelessness.

OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing will provide transitional housing for program clients and co-locate a variety of services – from life skills and job training, to mental health counseling and spiritual services – in a college campus-style setting.
OneHeart will not be a “free ride” or an emergency homeless shelter. Guests will be expected to create and work daily toward self-directed income and housing plans, and they must agree to live clean and sober. The ultimate goal is to move them into permanent housing and a better quality of life within 18 months, and keep them there with continued support for a year after they leave campus.

Rapid City Collective Impact team is guiding the OneHeart mission in collaboration with numerous non-profit service providers who will be located on the campus either on a full-time or part-time basis. Together, we continue to work toward making Rapid City a more caring community for all who live here.

 

OneHeart is not about duplicating services; it is about filling gaps in services. The illustration below shows how OneHeart and the Care Campus fit within the spectrum of poverty-related services and the efforts and initiatives at work to address challenges in our community.

TAKING A BITE OUT OF FOOD INSECURITY:
 
  • Feeding South Dakota has increased its mobile distributions in Rapid City, taking more food directly into neighborhoods deemed priority areas by RCCI's Food Security Oversight Committee. According to FSD, 378 people signed in for food during the Saturday distribution in August, impacting a total of 1,440 people: 727 children, 596 adults and 117 elderly individuals.
 
  • The local organizations that provide free meals to kids during the summer did a fantastic job this year! Youth & Family Services received a food security grant to feed adults accompanying kids to the Monroe Street site, and attendance at that location skyrocketed mid-summer. YFS Nutrition Director Darcie Decker reports that lunchtime numbers increased by nearly 600 kids and more than 300 adults in July 2018 compared to July 2017.
 
  • Anita Deranleau, the homeless coordinator for Rapid City Area Schools' McKinney-Vento Program, tells RCCI that her staff begins their year with a freezer full of food, knowing they will be inundated with requests from families in need the moment they begin their work in early August. This year, Deranleau says they received only a handful of requests during the first two weeks of the month. She believes it is the result of all the efforts of RCCI and its community partners to make food more easily accessible to Rapid City's children and families.
RCCI Initiative Update
 
Rapid City Collective Impact officially became a program of the Black Hills Area Community Foundation in August 2017, and a great deal of work has been done in the past year.

For an overview of all things RCCI, check out the latest Initiative Update now available on our website.
ICYMI: RCCI on 'Focus'
 
Rapid City Collective Impact was the featured topic on the August edition of "Focus with Jack Caudill" on Black Hills FOX, with Liz Hamburg, Charity Doyle and Julie Oberlander appearing as guests.

In case you missed it, you can view the program in its entirety (and commercial-free) by clicking here.

"Together, building the most caring community."

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