Rapid City Collective Impact secured $11 million of the estimated $16 million project before the Vision process began. RCCI sought the remaining $5 million in needed capital to purchase the property as early as possible in 2019 in order to open OneHeart's doors to people in need before the end of 2020.
Below: Rochelle Starkey, a member of RCCI's Young Adult Advisory Council, shares the struggles she has faced living in poverty. "This OneHeart campus can bring about change to so many people just like me," Starkey told the council during a special meeting Jan. 31.
After vetting more than 20 community projects, the Vision Committee last month recommended 15 projects for funding, ranking OneHeart fourth on its list and recommending an award of $4 million to be paid in full this year. The council voted 6-4 to allocate $3.9 million over three years.
The decision potentially impacts property acquisition and the timeline for opening OneHeart, but Doyle, the RCCI team and many supporters remain committed to the project and making the vision a reality.
After all, our neighbors in need are counting on it.