Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

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A Note From the Campaign Co-Chairs:

Nobody expects it to happen to them. A breadwinner loses a job, a devastating illness strikes, a single mom working minimum wage jobs must choose between a needed car repair or food for her family. Bad things can happen to anyone to turn a family’s life upside down.

Since our beginning in 1968, Neighborhood House has been a lifeline for those facing unexpected housing, financial and family emergencies. Through the ever-challenging years since then, the need for assistance has not diminished but grown in regularity and complexity. Over the past five years, nearly 10,000 of our neighbors have benefited from the services of Neighborhood House.

As the need for our services increased, so did the realization that we required a larger, more flexible space to provide better, broader services to the struggling families in our community. For the first time in 47 years, we are asking for your help to make our new home a reality. Upon completion of our capital campaign, Neighborhood House can stand as a lasting tribute to the generosity and care our neighbors have for struggling families in our community – we are Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

Gratefully,

Pat Botkin
Capital Committee Co-Chair
Joanna VanRaaphorst
Capital Committee Co-Chair

 

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From 1970 to 2016 we were blessed with office space generously provided by St. Andrew Catholic Church. While the demand for our services grew, their parish needs expanded as well. The current Neighborhood House office space is needed to accommodate St. Andrew’s mission and ministry.

A solution presented itself. Through a unique convergence of timing and generosity, an anonymous donor gave $500,000 to put a down payment on a 8,750 square foot building at 1720 S. Livernois in Rochester Hills.

1720 S. Livernois Floor Plan

The new building is 8,750 square feet with ample parking provides space for Client services, Client support, Community Education and Program Support.

Program Support Quadrant

  • Emergency food availability
  • Equipped with commercial refrigerator and freezer
  • Emergency basic clothing: socks, underwear, coats

Client Services Quadrant

  • Handicap Accessible entrance
  • Welcoming Reception Area
  • 30 seat, child friendly waiting area
  • 2 private family interview rooms
  • 5 additional interview rooms
  • 2 client dedicated computer kiosks
  • Client restrooms

Community Education Quadrant

  • Flexible gathering space for community activity
  • Multimedia classroom
  • Laptop computers for classroom use

Client Support Quadrant

  • Secure confidential work space
  • 4 private offices for Case work
  • 4 volunteer work stations
  • Secure records room
  • Staff meeting space

Our Progress

house-1.000.000An anonymous donor’s generosity serves as a catalyst for our fundraising effort, launching a new generation of support to our neighbors. With one million dollars in additional donations, the effort will be successful. Your participation is key!

With your help, Neighborhood House can complete the renovations needed in our new home and meet the growing needs of struggling families in our community.

Join the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign – Changing the Life of a Neighbor in Need

Emily’s Story

story-soldierEmily loved her family and her country. She served in the special forces, leaving her young daughter with her parents while she was deployed. Emily excelled in the service gaining experience and training that she dreamed of bringing to civilian life and building a future with her daughter.

Emily earned an honorable discharge and came home to find the transition to civilian life was not so easy. Emily lost her parents shortly after her discharge. The job market was not an easy place for a veteran with a young child and her limited savings quickly ran out. Emily came to Neighborhood House for rent assistance, food and clothing for herself and her daughter.

On her last visit, a gas card enabled her to get to a job interview with a local automotive company. With job coaching and interview support, Emily got the job that provided an income and benefits for her to support her and her daughter. We are thankful for Emily’s service to her country and honored to be able to help her become self sufficient.

Tim’s Story

story-timNeighborhood House staff met Tim when he came into our office, desperate to resolve his potential eviction and threat of utility shutoff as his world was shattering. His wife Kimberly lay in hospice with just a few days left to live. Tim’s three children were struggling as Kimberly’s four year courageous fight with cancer was ending, not as they had hoped it would.

Kimberly was the love of Tim’s life and they were married 23 years ago. Together they worked hard to build a home and family. Cancer was not part of the plan. They never imagined this illness would leave them struggling for food, shelter and emotional support. Tim fought the cancer every step of the way with Kimberly, caring for her until hospice had to step in. The cost of insurance limited their health care options and Tim stepped in to provide the support his wife and children needed during this family crisis.

Neighborhood House helped Tim find his footing as he endured the grief of losing his wife and caring for his children alone. With assistance the family was able to stay in their home. Today they are making slow steps forward, living in the home where they shared so many family times, getting back to work, and honoring the memory and love of their wife and mother.

Norma Jean’s Story

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Norma Jean was successful in her 30+ year career in management at a major retailer. She was an energetic 60 year old single woman, ready to and willing to work 10 or more years before thinking about retiring with her social security and savings. An unexpected company buyout and downsizing suddenly found her unemployed, hungry and depressed on the steps of Neighborhood House. Her savings gone, hopeless as job after job interview yielded no new income, she lost her car, her utilities were shut off and she was about to be evicted with nowhere to go.

Neighborhood House was able to step in and help her stay in her home, obtain counseling and a mentor to help her develop and execute a new plan. Job coaching and interview support helped her dust off her resume. Norma Jean received several job leads. With Neighborhood House’s growing program support, Norma Jean is back working hard, becoming self sufficient and happy in the new career she found in health care.

Our Service Area in Oakland County has Great Advantages but Renders Invisible the Many Who Struggle for Daily Living Needs

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Link to ALICE Report (PDF)

According to the United Way of Michigan there is a significant percentage of Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families in our area of service.

Their Study of Financial Hardship report provides details about these households.

 

Between 2010 & 2015 Neighborhood House is Proud to Have Provided the Following Services to Our Community

  • Provided essential services to 5,655 households living within our 100 square mile service area
  • About 17,000 individuals in our community have benefited from Neighborhood House services
  • Filled 10,180 food orders, providing our families with over 400 tons of food
  • Hosted 13,186 visits to the Clothes Closet for gently used clothing and household items
  • Granted $667,061 in direct financial assistance for a variety of essential needs
  • Facilitated distribution of $334,380 in utility relief through The Heat And Warmth Fund
  • Transported clients to 2,859 medical appointments, booking 74,532 miles in our van
  • Benefited from 52,728 volunteer hours to provide these services and more
  • 71% of families served live in Rochester/Rochester Hills
  • 90% of the annual budget comes directly from private donations from the community
  • 100% of the annual budget stays in the community

We are NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Serving Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township & Addison Township

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Donation Opportunities

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign Docments

Campaign Documents

We have been blessed with the support of many individuals and organizations who share our vision and commitment to the people in the community we live in. We are grateful for their support.

Join us with a pledge or donation to help us raise the $1.5 million needed to make our new home a place where we can continue to meet the emergency and self-sufficiency needs of those struggling in our neighborhoods. We welcome gifts at all levels. We also have special naming opportunities within our new facility available. Learn about  Naming Opportunities.

All gifts from $1 to $1 million will be given appropriate recognition, or we can honor your wish to be anonymous. To make a donation or pledge, please use the link below. To mail a donation, please make your check payable to Neighborhood House and include ‘Capital Campaign’ on the memo line. All checks can be mailed to:

Neighborhood House
1720 South Livernois Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

For addition details, download our Campaign Documents or contact Kathy Losinski at 248 651-5836 or director@ranh.org.