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1105 Project Success Means All of IC Wins

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Just more than a year ago, four community organizations in Johnson County started coming together to renovate office space that they could all use.

More than a million dollars later, theyve reached their goal.

The work that the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Free Lunch Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Domestic Violence Intervention Program do around Iowa City reaches plenty of people who need those individual services.

They all came together as part of the 1105 Project and they say everyone is better off. For some community organizations, the building they work in is just four walls and a roof. But for the 1105 Project, putting four groups in on structure at 1105 Gilbert Court in Iowa City is more than just a way to cut down on costs.

"Some ways are in how to collaborate and to combine some programing was something we started to envision early on in our campaign, said Crisis Center of Johnson County Executive Director Becci Reedus.

It comes in handy for the people that those individual groups already serve.

"I met a woman at the free lunch program who's 21, on social security, disability income, and she had an infant of one, said 1105 Project Capital Campaign Chair Sara Langenberg.

Sara says this woman needs the Crisis Center for diapers but also goes to the Free Lunch Program for food. Before, those two services were more than a mile apart, but now, theyre right next door.

"The distance she has to travel to get access to those services is much shorter, said Langenberg. It's all in one location now."

The 17-month long fundraising campaign brought in more than a million dollars, polished off by a three-month, $200,000 push at the end, with a grant from Iowa City to put the project over the top. Its that kind of cooperation, not only with the City and County Officials, but also with each other, that Sara says made it all possible.

"Really the stars had to align just perfectly for the right people to come to the table to buy into the concept of a shared use, social services facility, said Langenberg.

Work has already started on the building. The groups expect to be fully operational this summer with a Grand Opening set for July 6.

 
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