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“Strengthen Our Community – Invest in OUR Story”
The OUR Center raised $4.7 million capital campaign for our new program services and administration center at 220 Collyer Street in Longmont. Through the “Strengthen Our Community – Invest in OUR Story” capital campaign, this former lumber store was transformed into a much needed larger facility with improved efficiencies our former three small buildings near 303 Atwood and the Clothing Bank at 50 E. Rogers Road did not afford. The new consolidated OUR Center on Collyer Street includes:
|Community Resources (former Intake Center)||Community Café (former Hospitality Center)||Community Market (former Food Pantry)|
|Community Closet (former Clothing Bank)||Volunteer Support Center||Flex Space for Partners|
|Critical Needs Center (for People Who Are Homeless)||Administrative Offices||Life Skills & Self-Sufficiency Classrooms|
OUR Center’s vision for a larger, consolidated facility is based on the projected needs of the community for the next 25 years. Our vision has been driven by compassion to serve the increased number of people in the greater Longmont area who are struggling to stay in their homes, keep the heat and lights on, and put healthy food on their tables as they work toward self-sufficiency. This campaign presents a unique opportunity for community members to invest in Longmont’s future and strengthen this community for all of us.
Why the OUR Center needed a new facility
- Over the last decade the Longmont area has grown 18% while the OUR Center’s services have expanded anywhere from 118% to 698%, depending on the program.
- The former configuration with multiple, dispersed buildings made it difficult for our program participants to access the full suite of services they may need to help move them toward self-sufficiency. Consolidating under one roof makes all services easily accessible and more available to all participants. It is also more efficient for staff and volunteers to do their jobs and for donors to drop off donations.
New Facility: Costs and Fundraising
- You may still help with the campaign to finish the remainder of the mortgage, and your gift may be eligible for special state tax credits through the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit (minimum $250 gift and must be designated with notification to OUR Center.)
- The OUR Center’s former space on Atwood Street consisted of 18,510 square feet in three inefficient buildings. The new space on Collyer is a total of 30,000 square feet, an approximate 62% increase over the current space. Square footage was added on the main floor and a mezzanine level was built. These additions provide flex space for community partner agencies as well as space needed for future OUR Center expansion.
The Former Atwood Street Campus – OUR Hospitality Center, OUR Conference Center, and OUR Intake Office were sold to private and nonprofit entities, providing additional campaign funds.
Questions? Contact Edwina Salazar at 303.772.5529 ext. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.