Emergency shelter launches $ 5 million fundraising campaign

The Northern Kentucky Emergency Shelter (ESNKY) has launched its $ 5 million fundraising campaign to complete construction of its new facility at 436 West Thirteenth Street in Covington.

The funds will also help expand the shelter’s programs, replenish cash reserves and create an endowment for the organization’s future, according to an announcement.

The fundraising campaign drew early participation from the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation and the Drees Homes Foundation, who each pledged $ 500,000.

Help Us Home, the name of the campaign, will help ESNKY double its current year-round capacity to 68 homeless beds at its new 10,000 square foot facility.

The new space, designed specifically as a homeless shelter, will also serve as Northern Kentucky’s first Day Navigation and Engagement Center (CDED), providing guests with a safe place to stay during the day where they can relax. shower, do laundry and connect to the services they might need. The CDED will include an on-site medical clinic, meeting rooms for community partners, guest courier services, self-service laundry facilities, showers, phone charging stations, Internet and computer access.

David Drees, CEO of Drees Homes, will chair the campaign in honor of his mother and late father, Ralph, who were instrumental in establishing the Northern Kentucky Emergency Shelter more than 13 years ago. years.

Ralph Drees was a judge / executive of Kenton Co. at the time. He died in March at the age of 86.

“We all need food, clothes, a warm bed and a shower, and I can’t imagine my life without these essentials,” said David Drees. “The Northern Kentucky Emergency Shelter meets these basic needs and more. They deliver their services with compassion, human dignity and an unmatched desire to move homeless people to permanent and sustainable housing.

“To continue this noble mission, the shelter needs our help more than ever, and I am grateful for this opportunity to help ESNKY continue its mission while preserving my father’s legacy of care and compassion for those without. -shelter. “

The Help Us Home campaign aims to raise $ 5 million over the next five years in four key priority areas, the organization said:

  • Shelter Requirements: $ 1.7 million to complete construction and furnish the facility to open to the community on November 1.
  • Program Extension Over Five Years: The funding will support the growth of ESNKY’s organizational capacity and enhance ESNKY’s educational programs and professional staff over the next five years. This will help support future operations, predict succession planning, and create opportunities for employee advancement within the organization. In turn, this will allow ESNKY to respond quickly and effectively to the emerging needs of the community.
  • Emergency cash reserves: Low-barrier shelters, like ESNKY, experience emergencies 24/7, 365 days a year. The current cash reserves were used to build and prepare his new home. There is a need to replenish cash reserves for future emergency uses.
  • Endowment for the future: ESNKY seeks to create an endowment to ensure that new funding is available for the future.

Dr Dawn Rhodes and Dr Carson Castleman co-chair the campaign’s top leads division. The campaign has eight vice-presidents who sit on the campaign steering committee and head the campaign’s main gifts division: Dr Susan Cook, Brent Degenhardt, Tim McClanahan, Michael Murray, Peter Nerone, Tom Saelinger, Greg Schneider and Aimée Wulfeck . ESNKY Board Chair Emily Toebbe, Executive Director Kim Webb and Office Director Ruslyn Case-Comption are also members of the campaign steering committee.

“On behalf of the people who use the emergency shelter’s vital facilities and services, our staff and board of directors, thank you to the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation and the Drees Homes Foundation for your generous donations. to our fundraising campaign. Said ESNKY Executive Director Kim Webb. “We are grateful for your generosity, leadership and faith in our mission to provide low-barrier shelters and services that save and change the lives of people in our community. With your support and that of our other generous volunteers and donors, we will be able to provide shelter and services to help people recover from homelessness.

-Staff report

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