November 2016 kicked off our Kansas Capital Campaign – Hand Up for Hillcrest – to continue providing and expanding much-needed services to those who are in need of a hand up. The goal of our Capital Campaign is $750,000 to cover the cost of the following:
- A new, 12,000 sq. ft. building at Quivira Square Center to house a Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas Thrift Store. The store will help us clothe and provide household items for more than 200 Hillcrest residents a year. In addition, the store will provide affordable shopping opportunities to the underserved communities within Johnson County. The store will feature clothing departments, household items, furniture, and an online eBay store. Demolition work will begin in December and renovation work will begin in January. Doors are expected to open in May of 2017.
- The purchase and renovation of a four-plex that will enable us to expand our youth transitional housing program – helping those ages 16 to 20. The four new units will be set aside specifically for homeless youth in Johnson County. The units are in need of a complete overhaul, ripping up flooring, installing water heaters, heating and cooling systems, and turning a basement into additional living areas for onsite resident managers, and much more.
- Transitioning costs. For each family or youth we house to transition into self-sufficiency, it costs Hillcrest approximately $5,000. As the number of units to maintain and the number of households we serve grows, so will our operating costs.
In order to continue making a positive difference in the lives of the families we serve and our community at large, it is vital for our inaugural capital campaign to be a success. Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas is depending on your assistance and generosity.