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Corky Marquart and Pat Dillon kick off the public portion of the Noyes Home for Children's capital campaign, which was jump-started with a sizable gift from the St. Joseph News-Press Wednesday morning.

After three months of the private portion of its capital campaign, the Noyes Home for Children announced the beginning of the public part on Wednesday — with more than $2 million of the $2.25 million already raised.

The “Opening Our Doors Wider” campaign has drawn substantial gifts from area businesses, sponsors and grants. Now about $180,000 remains to be raised for renovations and expansion of the residential care agency, which serves children up to age 18.

“We are on the downhill slide of getting to our goal of $2.25 million,” said Kristine Gibson, director of development. “This kickoff is just to get the community excited about what we are doing and to get them involved with programs, so we can reach our ultimate goal.”

Benefits from the campaign will renovate space on the Noyes Home’s first floor to create a crisis nursery for infants and developmentally appropriate space for children through age 3; renovate the second floor for older children; modernize bathrooms and increase handicapped accessibility. Since the beginning of March, renovations to the crisis nursery and the addition of an outdoor handicapped access ramp totaled roughly $250,000.

Established in 1894 as the Home for Little Wanderers, the later renamed Noyes Home launched the agency’s first capital campaign seeking public assistance this March. Managed by the Ladies Union Benevolent Association, the home offers parents who are struggling with crisis situations a place to house their children, primarily free of charge, until the family can provide a safe structure for the kids.

“It is so exciting and energizing to know that the community really cares about the children we are trying to serve, and that they are allowing us to open our door wider to provide the service that children here need,” said Executive Director Gretchen Herndon. “We will do our very best to keep every child safe in our community.”

Finishing touches were nearly complete in the crisis nursery on Wednesday, as guests toured the facility. With a $100,000 gift from the News-Press, the Noyes Home took one large step closer to the completion of the campaign.

“This is going to be a huge improvement,” Ms. Gibson said. “We will have a truly amazing facility that will benefit these children throughout their stay here.”

The Noyes Home was selected as one of the qualified agencies to receive Crisis Tax Credits for donations made until Aug. 28. Donations of $100 or more could receive a tax deduction of up to 50 percent. For more information, call 232-5650.

Kristin Hoppa can be reached

Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPHoppa.

Kristin Hoppa can be reached at kristin.hoppa@newspressnow.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPHoppa.

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dreammid

Please help and support your local kids in need.
The St. Joseph Music Foundation will be helping with this fund raiser July 7 2012 at Coleman Hawkins Park down town 5-11pm , 3 bands, food, beverages and family fun.

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