History of the Dream Fund Capital Campaign
In spring 2017 the Church Council overwhelmingly voted to form a committee to explore the possibility of a capital campaign to address local outreach issues that would address significant areas of need in Kalamazoo. After several months of discussion, the committee had developed a wide outline of a potential campaign with a goal of raising $1,000,000 over a three-year period. At the December 2017 annual church meeting, the new "Dream Team" presented their project to the congregation to ask for approval to move on to Phase Two: reviewing various needs within Kalamazoo and making a determination where the church can make a significant difference.
As the Dream Team researched the history of outreach projects of the church, they realized that we are a generous church that has supported many local, regional, national, and international ministries. They also noted that many of the larger projects were undertaken with partners, such as Robin Cabin, Eleanor House, and Robinson House. The physical property is owned and administered by another group. This allowed the church to continue sponsoring projects as they presented themselves.
In April 2018, the Dream Team had settled on focusing on identifying sustainable housing needs after the congregation indicated their two highest priorities were housing and hunger. Over the space of the next ten months, the Dream Team met with a variety of Kalamazoo agencies that are dedicated to finding solutions to affordable housing for people in a housing crisis. The congregation was invited to attend all discussions. Through these discussions, the Team learned that Kalamazoo has many non-profit organizations that are effectively addressing the needs of housing. All agreed though, that if we are successful in working together with these agencies on common goals, we can significantly increase the positive impact.
Planning the kick-off for the Dream Fund Capital Campaign began with articles in The First Word newsletter. In-depth discussions with the congregation about the capital campaign took place during six weeks of Academy Classes from March 3 to April 7, 2019. The organizations that the church decided to partner with were present to answer questions during class. Dream Team members were also available for questions on Sundays outside the Sunday School hour.
On Sunday, May 12, 2019 the congregation dedicated a pledge toward the Dream Fund Capital Campaign. The Dream Team is excited about this opportunity for the church to make a positive impact in our community. Please keep the church in your prayers as we lay the foundations for this partnership.