Loveland resource center to seek aid

LOVELAND – A community resource center on Tuesday will ask the Loveland City Council for $500,000 to help support a new facility envisioned to be a central location for social services.
House of Neighborly Service is reqesting the funds for its new Community Life Center, which ultimately will impact up to a dozen other nonprofit organizations and their clients serving the Loveland area.
The Community Life Center will be located in a 60,000-square-foot building at 1511 E. 11th St. in Loveland. HNS has purchased the building with financing through Home State Bank. HNS will own and manage the building and be the primary tenant and provider, but up to 12 resident nonprofit agencies will lease space and provide a centralized “mall” of social services in the building, including financial assistance, food and clothing, employment resources, mental health services, recreation and education. In addition, numerous other agencies will utilize the public area in the facility to further their missions of service to Loveland citizens. This collaborative model is designed to bring together those in need, community volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
The funding request includes a $250,000 cash grant to be funded this year as reimbursement for expenses to improve the safety and accessibility of the building. The remaining $250,000 would be in the form of a challenge grant that would encourage people to provide additional financial support to the project.
House of Neighborly Service has raised $1.4 million of the $3.5 million capital campaign for the Community Life Center. The request also will include letters of endorsement and signatures from more than 150 businesses, churches, community leaders and organizations.
“For the past 51 years, House of Neighborly Service has served the city of Loveland by providing essential services to over 25 percent of its citizens on an annual basis, said HNS executive director Glorie Magrum in a press statement. “The relationship we have enjoyed with the city has served as a model for public/private partnership. Each year, we serve more citizens than any other nonprofit agency in Loveland.
“Traditionally, House of Neighborly Service’s funding model relies on broad based community support,” she said. “More than 93 percent of our annual operating funds come from private sources, but to launch a community collaborative effort of this magnitude we also need public support to create the robust partnership that will ultimately make this project successful.”

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