Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Capital campaign goal met; exterior renovation project to begin soon

SIOUX CENTER – Thanks to many generous donors, Promise Community Health Center has reached the fundraising goal for its 2016-17 capital campaign project.

As a result, a major exterior renovation project will commence soon.

And, soon, the deteriorating, yellow, steel exterior of the former bowling alley building in downtown Sioux Center will fade into a memory of the past and will be replaced with a much more inviting – and modern – brick and EIFS finish.

This is an artist's rendering of what Promise Community
Health Center's building will look like in downtown
Sioux Center following completion of its exterior
renovation project. Construction is expected to start
this month, thanks to donations given by businesses
and individuals during a successful capital campaign.
“Improving the exterior of the building for Promise is an exciting project for many reasons, but most of all, I believe it says to the community that the services and resources of a federally qualified health center are vital to a diversifying and healthy community,” said Nancy Dykstra, executive director for Promise. “I believe our patients, staff and the greater community can take pride in a building that is welcoming and inviting.”

Promise has been located in the building at 338 1st Ave. NW since opening in July 2008. Since then, it has continued to expand in services and facilities to best serve the needs of patients. In December 2015, Promise officially purchased the building that it had leased throughout its history. With the purchase, Promise decided that it was time to enhance the integrity and aesthetics of the building to preserve it for future generations.

Therefore, after much planning and design work, Promise launched a $250,000 capital campaign for the exterior renovation project during its eighth annual “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser on Nov. 3. The health center committed to 50 percent of the cost, but it appealed to the greater community to donate the remaining funds – or $125,000 – to make the project a reality.

Due to the generous donations of many individuals and businesses, that goal has been met. And Promise is deeply humbled and thankful.

Dykstra said the successful capital campaign reminded her again of the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

“What a wonderful personification of the story of Promise,” Dykstra said. “It’s been the story of how Promise came to be, and it’s the story of our continued development. I’m honored and touched by every gift Promise received and by the persons who chose Promise as the mission and nonprofit they wanted to support with their gifts and donations. I believe their giving speaks to the support of our work as an agency that reaches out to improve the health of all and to improve the wellbeing of the community. With the support of our donors, the ‘old bowling alley’ will be transformed into a beautiful building – one that will present a clearer reflection of the high-quality services provided inside.”

Schelling Construction of Sioux Center will serve as the general contractor for the project. Kevin Schmidt of Tucket’s Design of Sioux Center offered his design services.

Promise Community Health Center's yellow,
steel exterior will be transformed into a
more inviting and modern look during an
exterior renovation project expected to
commence later this month.
Here are the highlights of the project:
  • All four sides of the building will be renovated, including the north wall where Los Palmas Mexican Grocery Store is located. The bottom third of the exterior walls will be brick, and the top two-thirds will have an EIFS finish.
  • Promise’s awnings on the west and east sides will be replaced with a modern lighted feature. Los Palmas’ awning will be removed, and a new entrance will be installed.
  • A new front doorway and new floor-to-ceiling windows will be installed on the west side to bring in additional daylight to Promise’s reception area.
  • Artificial tree architecture, illuminated by lights, will grace the west, south and east sides of the building to create a modern and inviting look.
  • Sidewalks will be reconstructed to enhance safety.

Dykstra said the construction shouldn’t affect patients too much – other than possibly being redirected through a different entrance for a day or two.

“We will do everything possible to minimize disruption to patient care and everything possible to maximize safety,” she said.

Most importantly, she thinks the project is another positive sign of Promise’s growth as it fulfills its mission in the community.

“I believe that Promise Community Health Center will continue to thrive and be a place of service to all who need us now and into the future,” she said. “Everyone is welcome at Promise!

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video.

Nearly 90 individuals or businesses donated to Promise Community Health Center’s capital campaign for its exterior renovation project.

Every donation was greatly appreciated; however, five donors will receive special recognition by having their names etched on nameplates on illuminated exterior trees for donations/pledges of $10,000 or more:
  • American State Bank;
  • City of Sioux Center;
  • Center Fresh Egg Farm;
  • Natural Food Holdings;
  • Schelling Construction.

Many other individuals and businesses also will be recognized on a Wall of Honor – created in the form of a tree – in Promise’s front reception area. The donors’ names will be etched on stones at the base of the tree for giving levels between $5,000-$9,999 and on leaves of bronze, silver and gold on the tree for giving levels between $500-$4,999.