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THIS MONTH: Construction progress, Bush grant & more!
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More amenities coming soon to OneHeart campus


Construction is nearly complete on OneHeart’s Secondary Provider Building.

The building located at 201 Kansas City Street will house a non-profit coffee shop called HomeBrew, which will be open to the public, as well as an on-site childcare center (pictured below) run by the YMCA for OneHeart's youngest guests.

“We are just waiting for some equipment to be installed, like handrails and ADA door openers, to get the approval from the City to occupy the building,” Wayne Asscherick, OneHeart’s Director of Operations and Residential Life, said.

Asscherick expects that equipment to arrive later this month.

Work continues on the grounds surrounding the Secondary Provider Building. Asscherick says fencing still needs to be installed, but the play area for the childcare center on the backside of the building is complete.

Down the street at OneHeart’s Residential Towers, the main entrance is still under construction, but work is progressing nicely inside the towers’ commercial kitchen and dining area.

“Even the walk-in refrigerator and freezer has been installed,” Asscherick said. “It is just waiting on the proper wiring by the electricians to be up and running.”

Additional appliances will be installed any day now in the towers’ central kitchen, which will also be operated by the YMCA, a key campus partner.

“OneHeart exemplifies the goodness that happens when agencies join together to meet a critical need,” Roger Gallimore, the Y’s Executive Director, said. “The YMCA is honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow nonprofits as together we demonstrate the caring nature of our Rapid City community.”

Until the commercial kitchen is in service, OneHeart guests are able to prep meals in the kitchenettes in their Family Tower suites. The Family Tower is the only residential tower with private kitchenettes and the only tower occupied at this time.

While OneHeart is still a work in progress, it currently houses more than 40 people who have a safe, warm place to call their temporary home, and new guests join the campus community each week.

 

Below: A look inside HomeBrew on the left and the towers' commercial kitchen on the right.

 
OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing is the proud recipient of a 2021 Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation of St. Paul, Minn. The $207,000 grant will help to fund OneHeart’s transitional housing and wrap-around assistance to reduce the reoccurrence of homelessness in Rapid City. Click HERE to learn more.

               ONEHEART IN HER WORDS: Anita Deranleau

 

"I was able to sit with a parent and her Care Coordinator to collaborate on eliminating some barriers to success … The Care Coordinator and I would have been happy with one goal to assist with, what poured out was not one goal, but four. I was in utter dismay! It was amazing to watch. Together we had a plan for success and actually had to stop the parent from setting more goals! Those were enough for a few weeks!!! The amazing thing was at each goal there was a team of professionals all housed at OneHeart to assist with each step. No running all over town for assistance. Having a stable place to live and food to eat had given this family wings to fly!!"

            ~ Anita is the McKinney-Vento Coordinator for Rapid City Area Schools

Spreading the news!
 
A heartfelt "thank you" goes out to our friends in the media who have shared OneHeart's story with their readers and viewers around the region over the past several weeks.

In case you missed the news coverage, check out the links here: Rapid City JournalKEVN/KOTA-TV, KNBN-TV, and KELO-TV.
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Make a one-time donation, order directly from our wish list, or sign up to RoundUp for OneHeart. Your generosity truly warms our hearts!

 
Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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