Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Nonprofit effort exceeds goal

Surplus earmarked for endowment fund

By Cindy Schroeder, cschroeder@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — When Catholic Social Services breaks ground for its expanded headquarters on July 22, the nonprofit agency will already have exceeded the funding needed for the project.

        “Our minimum goal was $1.5 million, and we've raised $1.7 million,” said Matt Hollenkamp, director of institutional advancement for Catholic Social Services. “That extra will go into our endowment fund.”

        The 71-year-old agency serves 11,000 Boone, Kenton and Campbell County clients a year, Mr. Hollenkamp said.

        Most of them are low-income residents and 55 percent are non-Catholic.

        Expansion and renovation of the three-story, 60-year-old building is expected to cost about $1.3 million, with another $200,000 necessary to update computer technology.

        The project calls for building a new addition 10 feet out from the current front of the building for a contemporary facade, Mr. Hollenkamp said.

        Located on Church Street in Latonia since 1979, Catholic Social Services is renovating the offices for the first time, he said.

        The agency, one frequently recommended to those seeking all types of help in the region, provides a wide-ranging program.

        It includes adoption services, education and support for students, teachers and parents, housing support and development services, individual/family counseling, pregnancy counseling and substance abuse services.

        Programs are housed both in the Church Street offices and in Northern Kentucky schools.

        Catholic Social Services' fund drive, which began in November, was the first capital campaign in the agency's history.

        Money was raised through a direct mail campaign, as well as through foundation grants and a gift from the Diocese of Covington.

        “We have a generous core of constituents who really care about the agency and believe in our mission,” Mr. Hollenkamp said.

        The expansion will add eight new offices to the current 35, allowing more privacy for parents or school principals who need to hold confidential conversations with therapists or counselors, he said.

        All administrative offices will be on the upper floors.

        The entire first floor, now administrative offices and a kitchen, will become meeting space for families and organizations.

        “Right now, our biggest office on the first floor probably can house 50 comfortably,” Mr. Hollenkamp said.

        “The new one can house 100 comfortably.

        “We would be able to lend that area to (community groups) for meeting space.”

        The project also calls for adding an elevator and more entrances, expanding the waiting room and adding machinery to show educational videos.


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