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Sharing the vision and hope for OneHeart

From banquet rooms to boardrooms, from places of worship to homes where book clubs meet, the Rapid City Collective Impact team has spent countless hours sharing the vision for the proposed OneHeart transformation campus.

The mission of OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing is to better serve people in poverty and without permanent homes by co-locating a variety of human services in one place and providing transitional housing for program clients.

The first presentations on local planning efforts took place in August 2017, when RCCI invited representatives from potential partner agencies to learn more about the concept and the roles they might play in it. Project Manager Charity Doyle continued to meet with individuals and organizations in smaller settings for several months.

Then, RCCI kicked off 2018 by hosting two standing-room-only public presentations at The Journey Museum in January. More than 150 people turned out for each of the evening events.

In just the past few weeks alone, Doyle has shared the latest on the OneHeart project with dozens of people, including members of the 2018 class of Leadership Rapid City, who took a unique tour of the town with stops at Feeding South Dakota, Pennington County’s Care Campus and the future OneHeart location on Kansas City Street.

Doyle also presented at Catholic Social Services and appeared at Calvary Lutheran Church, where she spoke one-on-one with interested individuals after Sunday services. Meanwhile, other RCCI team members have spoken recently with local service organizations and even a women's book club.

These communication efforts are not solely for promotional purposes. Doyle and the RCCI team offer facts about poverty and homelessness in Rapid City, and they share stories of real situations involving our neighbors in need and the challenges non-profit agencies face in trying to help them.

The OneHeart concept calls for a systemic change – a shift in the way services are provided in order to reduce the number of barriers that often keep people in poverty.

If your business or organization is interested in learning more about OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing, please contact Jodi Litz at 791-3034 or email her at By working together and keeping the lines of communication open, we really can build a more caring community and improve the quality of life for all who call Rapid City home.

Below: A rendering of the proposed OneHeart transformation campus.


Summer Food Success!
Rapid City Collective Impact's Food Security Oversight Committee is proof that we can make a bigger impact by working together.

Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota partnered this year with three of the organizations that provide free summer meals to kids so that adults, 60 years and older, could eat for free at several summer food sites as well. With Meals on Wheels' financial support, the Rapid City YMCA alone served more than 850 meals to adult seniors during the summer months.

Thank you all for helping to feed Rapid City's kids - and seniors!
Making Headlines
In case you missed it, Black Hills FOX News featured the new food pantry at Rapid City High School in its "Be the Change" segment on Sept. 23, highlighting the fact that a study by Rapid City Collective Impact showed a need for increased access to food in the RCHS neighborhood. Thanks to the efforts of Food Security Manager Mary Corbine and many other supporters, the new pantry is now available to families in the RCAS district.

And check out the latest issue of Black Hills Woman Magazine, featuring OneHeart Project Manager Charity Doyle in "The Girl Gives Back" profile. Great job, Charity!

"Together, building the most caring community."

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