First of all, we want to thank YOU for your financial investment in establishing Knoxville’s first recovery community center, The Gateway. I know you may be wondering where we are with the project as well as how your contribution has helped us thus far.
While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly hampered traditional fundraising efforts, we continued to refine plans and reorganize our capital campaign approach while raising money, including the addition of our enthusiastic campaign chair, Webster Bailey.
We are pleased to announce that with your help, we have raised $1.6 million towards the project, but have another $1.75 million to go. While we are continuing to raise the funding needed to complete the project, Metro Drug Coalition’s (MDC) board has voted to establish a line of credit in order to get the center open and serving the community as quickly as possible. We are also happy to announce that we have a generous donor who has committed to paying the interest on the loan until the remainder of the funds have been secured.
We can no longer afford to wait! The pandemic was extremely difficult on all of us, but for those with substance use disorders, it was our deadliest year yet, with 413 overdose deaths in Knox County alone. We know that CONNECTION to COMMUNITY is key to keeping someone in long-term recovery. The Gateway will be that hub where connection to others in recovery can happen, everyday all day!
We have secured grant funding to cover programmatic operations for next three years and we are excited to share with you how well our recovery coaching model is working with participants thus far: improved housing stabilization, decreased depressive symptoms, increase in employment, less trouble processing information and 100 percent substance free!
Are you able to continue to support this project with an additional one time or multi-year pledge? If so, we need YOU to help get this project to the finish line! Donate – Metro Drug Coalition. If you wish to donate stock or securities, we are able to that, simply by contacting our office at 865-588-5550.
Renovations will begin in late August or early September and we can’t wait to share progress updates with you as we begin.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS VISION A REALITY AND SAVE LIVES!
Please take a few minutes to watch the video below about The Gateway. Thank you to Rustic Roots Creative for producing this for us!
Watch Video HERE.
Thank you, again, for ALL that YOU do to make the Knoxville community a safer and healthier place to call home! Respectfully,
Karen Pershing Webster Bailey Jim LaPinska
Executive Director Capital Campaign Chair Board President