Written By: DBD Team
We don’t say it enough: we’re so proud of our clients. They do amazing work day in and day out. When extraordinary times come – whether that’s an ambitious campaign or an act of nature – they meet the challenge.
Here are just a few of the teams we can’t stop talking about:
Harbor House (Appleton, WI)
Last year, Harbor House was at a critical point in its 30-year history: one out of every three days they had more people in their emergency shelter than they had beds. Last week, they reached their $4M capital goal that will allow them to increase their capacity to serve people with more dignity, respect and privacy. Surrounded by community leaders, donors, media and clients who have been served by Harbor House, there was no question that the community will rise to the challenge and support their efforts to break the stigma of abuse, offer refuge to survivors, and create pathways to empowerment.
University Place Presbyterian Church (University Place, WA)
This past Sunday, UPPC opened their new kid’s ministries/preschool center, completing the first phase of their $4.5 million capital campaign. A year ago we were just beginning their feasibility study and now their bustling pre-school program is kicking off the school year in newly renovated classrooms. They have more construction work to do, but they are off to an amazing start.
Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA (Marshfield, WI)
Donors, volunteers, community leaders, partners, and invited guests broke ground on the expansion and renovation of the Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA (WI) on August 23. The $12M+ renovation / expansion will add a child care, field house and healthy living center to the facility. The project will allow the Y to form deeper partnerships and collaborations with area schools, Head Start, Marshfield Clinic Health System and others, ensuring that more people in the community will have access to a full range of opportunities to improve their quality of life.
YMCA of Greater Houston and YMCAs across Southeastern Texas
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, much of the city of Houston as well as communities all throughout Texas’s Gulf Coast, struggled with extreme flooding and other hurricane damage. The YMCAs stepped in to open their facilities as shelters, to provide child care and extend day camp as the schools weren’t able to open as expected, and to funnel resources into local neighborhoods as quickly as possible. Basically, the Ys did what Ys always do – evolve to meet the needs of their communities, even if those needs are as simple as a place to take a shower, recharge a phone, or let kids who have been cooped up too long out to play. For more information, visit the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Facebook page.
And, as the YMCAs in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama regroup after Hurricane Irma, they too will be adapting to help their communities heal.
This is just a glimpse into the great work we get to witness every day. Thanks to all of you working in nonprofits, schools, faith-based communities and other organizations. Your diligent efforts make a difference and we’re so proud to walk along side you!