Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Veterans United Foundation to help create a health and social services center for Mid-Missouri residents.
The money will go towards finalizing renovation of the former chapel and gymnasium of what was once the Missionaries of La Salette Seminary in Jefferson City.
The new space will include a client choice food pantry, universal use rooms for health services, community and classroom space for group education and training, as well as Catholic Charities’ current programs.
These include Health and Nutrition Services; Community Services with Disaster Services and HousingCounseling;andFamilyImmigrationServices.
A community garden will be on site for individuals and families facing hunger.
Veterans United Foundation has a long history of supporting the diverse needs within local communities, and recognizes the significance of this “Open Hearts, Open Doors” renovation project.
“Veterans United Foundation is excited to work with Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri as they work toward the opening of their new Jefferson City home,” said Veterans United Foundation Outreach Coordinator Piper Brintnall.
“Not only does the ‘Open Hearts, Open Doors’ program align with the core values of Veterans United, it also allows our employees to feel more connected to an essential organization within our community,” she said.
Recently, Veterans United Insurance has expanded its presence by opening a new Jefferson City office.
Catholic Charities is excited to have Veterans United Foundation join their efforts in improving the lives of the most vulnerable and in need within Mid-Missouri.
CCCNMO Executive Director Dan Lester said this new facility will allow Catholic Charities to expand its services to people in need, not just in Jefferson City but throughout the 38 counties of the Jefferson City diocese.
“We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Veterans United Foundation and are inspired by the generosity of the Veterans United employees,” he said.
The renovation project includes transforming the historical building into one of the first near-net-zero energy buildings in Mid-Missouri.
It is located in the heart of what has been classified as a “food desert” due to its lack of proximity to healthy food choices for people who don’t have reliable transportation.
The facility will offer evening hours, weekend hours, and an array of services available under one roof.
Anticipated completion is early fall.
CCCNMO is the social services outreach arm of the Diocese of Jefferson City, which provides a range of programs and services to those in need in a 38-county service area regardless of faith, culture or situation.
To support the “Open Hearts, Open Doors: A New Home for Catholic Charities” renovation project, please visit cccnmo.diojeffcity.org/give.
To learn more about Catholic Charities, visit cccnmo.diojeffcity.org.
To learn more about Veterans United Foundation, visit enhancelives.com.