Harbor House Announces Public Phase of Building Hope Campaign in Support of $4M Expansion

Groundbreaking on Harbor House Expansion Set for September 6

Contact: Jenny Krikava
Title: Development and Marketing Manager
Phone: 920-955-9119
Email: jenny.krikava@harborhousewi.org

Harbor House Announces Public Phase of Building Hope Campaign in Support of $4M Expansion

Groundbreaking on Harbor House Expansion Set for September 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 5th, 2017

(Appleton, Wis. – 9/5/17) – Community partners, donors, staff and volunteers will gather at Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs at 720 W. Fifth St., Appleton on Wednesday, September 6 at 9:00 a.m. to celebrate the groundbreaking of the organization’s expansion effort and kickoff the public phase of its Building Hope Campaign.

The event will feature several speakers, including Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna; Beth Schnorr, executive director of Harbor House; capital campaign co-chairs Jan and Denny Lamers, and Shannon Kennedy and Bill Shepard; and Mary Beth Nienhaus, a campaign donor. The program will conclude with a private sharing of a survivor’s personal journey. In the interest of the survivor’s safety, this final segment of the program will be closed to the media.

Harbor House staff and capital campaign leadership cabinet have spent the last year planning and fundraising to expand and improve the facility. In August, Harbor House reached its capital campaign goal of $4 million. Nienhaus has pledged a matching gift of $150,000 during the public phase of the campaign. Contributions to the public phase of the campaign will bring life to the expansion by supporting Harbor House’s programs and services.

Since first opening as an eight-bed shelter in Appleton 33 years ago, Harbor House has been the singular organization in Outagamie and Calumet counties committed to understanding the breadth of domestic abuse and victims’ evolving needs. For the last several years, the shelter and programs are seeing higher demands than ever before—including 1 in 3 days housing more people that the shelter has beds and families doubling up or sleeping on mattress on the floor in non-bedrooms—which is what prompted the development of a capital campaign.

Some of the new building expansion features include an increase in bed and bedroom capacity from 55 beds in 13 rooms to 68 beds in 32 rooms, the addition of quiet waiting rooms for clients who arrive at Harbor House in crisis, an advocacy center with collaborative, co-working spaces for outside organizations that already provide services to Harbor House clients, and an exam room that will allow nurses, chiropractors and doctors to visit with clients and help the organization provide better trauma-informed care.

To learn more about campaign details and the shelter expansion, visit www.harborhousewi.org/buildinghope.

Harbor House staff and campaign volunteers will be available for interviews following the Groundbreaking event starting at 10 a.m.

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About Harbor House

Since 1984, Harbor House has been the singular organization in the community committed to understanding the breadth of domestic abuse, and the evolving needs of the individuals and families who experience domestic abuse. Harbor House continues to lead a community-wide partnership – including areas throughout Outagamie and Calumet Counties - in the prevention of domestic abuse, and offers safety and support to diverse families in crisis. Each year the organization serves more than 1,600 children and adults.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jenny Krikava at 920-955-9119 or email Jenny at jenny.krikava@harborhousewi.org.