Grantee Community of Hope Celebrates Topping Out of Conway Health and Resource Center
On Friday, April 12th The Community Foundation was honored to be among the dozens of donors, volunteers, and community supporters who joined Community of Hope to celebrate the topping off of the new Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8.
Community of Hope improves the health and quality of life for low-income, homeless, and underserved families and individuals in the District of Columbia by providing healthcare, housing with supportive services, educational opportunities, and spiritual support.
More than half of D.C. residents live in medically underserved neighborhoods, and one in five residents have no regular source of healthcare. These challenges are particularly evident east of the river, where only 35 active physicians actively serve more than 140,000 residents, making accessing healthcare and following up on treatments a significant burden. To address this need, Community of Hope is building a new, 50,000-square-foot Health and Resource Center in the Bellevue neighborhood of Ward 8.
The Community Foundation’s Workforce Collaborative has been honored to be a partner in Community of Hope’s efforts. Executive Director Kelly Sweeney McShane approached us in 2011 with a vision of creating jobs for neighborhood residents at the new clinic. We were able to provide an initial $15,000 to support the creation of a workforce development plan and an additional $25,000 to develop and pilot training curriculum. Though the project is still in its early stages, ten neighborhood residents have already secured employment working on the construction of the new facility.
We were thrilled to recently learn that Bill and Joanne Conway have made a gift of $1.25 million to Community of Hope’s One Step Closer capital campaign and pledged an additional $250,000 to match gifts by others, leaving the center only $500,000 from its total fundraising goal. In addition, the Conways have also pledged an additional $250,000 to sustain and grow Community of Hope’s Workforce Development Program, leveraging our initial investment of $40,000 to create career opportunities for many more neighborhood residents.
Shown above: Board Member Chris Kerns and Executive Director Kelly Sweeney McShane welcome visitors to the site; construction workers and guests tour the facility; Community Foundation support is memorialized on a first floor beam