After four years of planning and initial fundraising, YWCA and MIC have launched the public phase of a capital campaign to build a new facility that will provide much-needed services and shelter for homeless families and survivors of domestic violence. You can learn more by reviewing the content of this website.
Here’s the press release announcing the campaign launch.
YWCA Missoula and Missoula Interfaith Collaborative launch $8 million capital campaign to build new family housing center and domestic violence shelter
$1.1 million individual donation announced
July 11, 2019 — Missoula, Mont. — YWCA Missoula has launched the public phase of its $8 million capital campaign, which is being executed in cooperation with Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. The campaign will support the development of a new facility that will provide critical support and shelter to survivors of domestic violence and homeless families.
The organizations to date have raised $6.4 million of the $8 million campaign goal and they plan to raise the remainder through donations — of all amounts — as they proceed with construction. The project has a total budget of $13.2 million and is receiving significant additional funding including Community Development Block Grants, Tax Increment Financing and YWCA equity.
Kathy Veazey, a longtime Missoula community member and co-chair of the capital campaign, made a lead gift of $1.1 million to the project. “When we support our neighbors in need, we build up the entire community,” Veazey said. “This is a project for all of Missoula. Let’s take it on together.”
Missoula has the highest population of homeless families in the state, but is the only metropolitan area in Montana without a family shelter. This facility will be the first and only in Missoula to provide same-day access to emergency housing for families with children. The 36,750-square-foot building is expected to be located on West Third Street and to open by the end of 2020.
“This project will provide a much-needed safety net for vulnerable families in this community,” said Cindy Weese, executive director of YWCA Missoula. “By providing early intervention and stability for children, we have the ability to end the cycle of violence and homelessness.”
The new facility will contain YWCA’s program offices and an expanded domestic violence shelter, replacing the one operated by the YWCA for the past 20 years. Included under the same roof, a new same-day access emergency housing center for homeless families will be operated in partnership with Missoula Interfaith Collaborative’s Family Promise program.
“Our organizations have spent the last four years thoughtfully building this partnership,” Weese said.
“In joining efforts we will have the capacity to serve twice as many homeless families as we currently serve,” said Casey Dunning, executive director of Missoula Interfaith Collaborative. “We will also be able to offer more comprehensive mentorship and support to families as they get back on their feet.”
The new facility was designed by MMW Architects, which is based in Missoula.