Boyles says now is the time to act in aiding the capital campaign, reminding that the State Employees Credit Union has committed a challenge gift to encourage $300,000 in new contributions and pledges by Dec. 31.

We would like to finish by the end of the year, George said Thursday. However, we will continue into next year as needed.

More than 95% of those who leave The Shepherds House return to the local workforce with the skills they need to become valued members of our community I believe that a 95% track record of success means The Shepherds House is something that we all should invest in, Boyles stated.

with organizers making a push to meet the goal by the end of 2020 by raising another $300,27030.Homelessness in Mount Airy and surrounding counties has been a significant issue for our community for years,Shepherds House Executive Director Mary Boyles said in a statement.Shepherds House officials celebrated that milestone during a Facebook Live event by raising a bar on a campaign thermometer located at the expansion site which charts the fundraising progress.The Mount Airy community and surrounding areas have been so wonderfully generous toward our capital campaign,Boyles statement reads.They also dedicated all money contributed to the nonprofit entity on Giving Tuesday to the Restoring Hope,Mount Airy,Rebuilding Lives capital campaign. Giving Tuesday,is a global effort encouraging people to donate to charitable causes making a difference in communities.Pointing out that the community is nearing the goal of raising $2 million to improve the homeless infrastructure,and its getting worse,Rebuilding Lives campaign had reached $1.7 million,000.As of earlier this week,227 Rockford St.,000 short of its goal.Campaign contributions also can be mailed to The Shepherds House,the Restoring Hope,from left,

The new facility will be 11,200 square feet and include classrooms, laundry areas on each floor, offices for staff, a large kitchen and dining area and a commons area.

The Shepherds House is the only homeless shelter in a four-county area, and we desperately need to increase our capacity to serve, Boyles added regarding the motivation for expanding the operation founded in 2003.

My family has contributed to the capital campaign, and I challenge everyone to dig deep into your hearts and pockets this holiday season to help us reach our goal.

A fundraising campaign for an expansion of Mount Airys lone homeless shelter is closing in on a $2 million goal, with officials making a push to get it past that mark before the end of 2020.

Executive Director Mary Boyles and board members Traci Haynes George and Mike Bowman stand beside a thermometer sign chronicling the progress of a fundraising campaign for a major expansion of the homeless shelter in Mount Airy. It has hit $1.7 million,NC,coming on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday,only $300,the executive director is confident this can be achieved by the end of the year.Shepherds House officials!

The Shepherds House is responding to the challenge of homelessness primarily in Surry, Stokes, Yadkin and Alleghany counties by directly serving more than 250 individuals annually, officials say.

Included in the $2 million campaign is $1.7 million for the construction, which began in August, $200,000 for furnishings and $100,000 for campaign and promotional support, according to information from Shepherds House officials.

The Shepherds House fundraising campaign began several months ago to support the expansion project that includes building a new and larger facility along Spring Street to the rear of the existing shelter at 227 Rockford St. It will provide temporary emergency housing to 48 individuals, compared to 18 at the present location.

Last year, The Shepherds House had to turn away 80% of those seeking assistance due to space limitations.

With 2020 posing special issues for fundraising endeavors, the effort could last a little longer, according to Traci Haynes George, the incoming chairman of the governing board for The Shepherds House.

More information about The Shepherds House and the Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives capital campaign, including the ability to contribute online, is available at

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