THIS MONTH: A 'quiet' groundbreaking, Spotlight on CSS, and more!
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Campus construction to begin this month

Renovations are scheduled to begin on the future OneHeart transformation campus in mid-April, a full month ahead of the project’s timeline.

“OneHeart is now more than three years in the making,” Executive Director Charity Doyle said. “We’ve overcome a lot to get here and could not have done it without the support of so many amazing visionaries in this community.”

OneHeart leadership and staff hoped to host a big celebration to mark the milestone, but plans have changed due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and ongoing prevention efforts.

Like a “soft” opening for a new business, the OneHeart team is opting for a “quiet” groundbreaking with a very limited number of attendees.

Scull Construction Service will take the lead on renovations, starting at 201 Kansas City Street. The former National American University Animal Health Center will be transformed into OneHeart’s Secondary Provider Building. The facility will house a YMCA childcare center for the youngest OneHeart guests and will include space for a social enterprise opportunity.

Tenants remain in the other buildings on campus for now, but by early summer, construction should be able to progress to the site of the Main Provider Building and the residential towers.

"Renovation projects are always challenging in the construction world, and this one is spread over three buildings,” Project Manager Kim Sarver of Scull Construction said. “But we are excited to be part of the team taking on this challenge, and we are confident it will be a success when completed.”

OneHeart is tentatively scheduled to open its doors to guests in January 2021. Until then, much work remains, but the groundbreaking is an exciting step for many people walking on this journey with Doyle and the OneHeart team.

“While we are absolutely thrilled that we get to begin construction earlier than anticipated, we are saddened that COVID-19 is preventing us from getting all of our stakeholders together to celebrate the occasion,” Doyle said. “So here is a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our provider partners, committee members, supporters, board members, funders, and community members for sticking with us as we bring this dream to reality!”


Below: The first OneHeart building to undergo renovations, located at 201 Kansas City Street.


In lieu of your attendance at this month’s “quiet” groundbreaking, OneHeart leadership and staff would be grateful to receive celebratory messages from our supporters who can’t join us in person to commemorate the moment.

Please send a video – as an individual or small group – of no more than 15 seconds to by Wednesday, April 8. We’ll share these messages with the community in the days and weeks following the groundbreaking. Thank you, in advance, for sending us some love!

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services continues to serve our community in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, especially the poor and vulnerable, and all who are facing overwhelming challenges in these anxious times of pandemic response.
While the agency’s main annual fundraising event, the 2020 Palm Sunday Brunch, was cancelled in response to public safety needs, the important work of providing mental health services, parenting education, adoption and birth parent services, and poverty reduction through the Uplifting Parents Program and the Prosperity Initiative goes on at CSS.
The agency is pleased to offer confidential counseling and outpatient therapy services through Zoom, a HIPPA-compliant telehealth platform, or by telephone consultation, for current and new clients. For more information or to register for telehealth counseling services, please visit

When we get through these challenging times, and the staff and clients are able to resume normal schedules, Catholic Social Services staff is looking forward to its partnership with the OneHeart campus. CSS plans to serve OneHeart clients through the Prosperity Initiative, the Counseling Department and other services as needed.
Meet Crystal Cole
When the OneHeart administrative offices move to their permanent home on the Kansas City Street campus later this year, it will be a homecoming of sorts for one OneHeart staff member.

Executive Assistant Crystal Cole earned her bachelor’s degree from National American University back when NAU was located on the site of the future transformation campus.
Crystal was born in Rapid City and is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Her professional experience includes working in administrative and technical support positions for the Bureau of Prisons, the EPA and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, where she once worked one of two part-time jobs while also being a single mom, full-time student, and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

“The close proximity of school to work, employers’ willingness to work with my school schedule, and encouragement from within my community allowed me to maintain economic stability, earn the first college degree in my family with honors, and set a strong example for my son and others around me,” Crystal said. “None of this would have been possible without the help of caring individuals, employers, and agencies in the community. The encouragement I received I desire to pass along to others.”

Crystal has been a wonderful addition to the OneHeart team since starting in her new role in February. She is also an artist and writer with a husband and two children.


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