Preventing homelessness, Ending Hunger.
For 35 years, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) has worked tirelessly to address the most critical and basic needs of the Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains communities. With the help of the community, MOM would like to complete a $1.4M capital campaign in 2015 so that we can continue and expand that work. The campaign started in the summer of 2013 and has raised more than $1 million so far with the help and generosity of individuals and businesses from the area. MOM is asking for community help in raising the last $400,000 needed to meet the goal.
With growing demand for basic necessities in our 60,000 person service area, in 2012 we faced the challenge of meeting client need despite outdated and inadequate facilities. The Building Hope, Strengthening Communities Campaign supports the purchase and renovation of the consolidated facility at 3502 Parmenter St. in Middleton that houses the MOM food pantry, clothing center and administrative offices.
“The families we serve couldn’t wait so we made the decision to purchase and renovate these facilities, “said Jim Hartlieb, co-Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, member of the MOM Board, and Vice President of First Business Bank. “The facility has allowed for expanded capacity and increased efficiencies in food and clothing storage, distribution and management, as well as space for enhanced client services. Simply put, the new facility has enabled MOM to serve more families and better provide for those in need.”
The Building Hope, Strengthening Communities capital campaign has quietly raised more than $1 million so far with the help and generosity of many individuals, including Marlene Mack and Nate and Sarah Herbst, and businesses from the area, such as Starion Financial and MGE. In addition to Hartlieb, Tim Carey from T5 Real Estate Solutions is co-chairing the capital campaign efforts, with Matt Lepay and Al Toon as honorary co-chairs.
With an investment in the Building Hope, Strengthening capital campaign, the community will help MOM eliminate a long term mortgage and allow us to redirect those funds to help more people with more services. Additional renovation work still needs to be completed, such as repairing the parking lot and replacing heating and air conditioning equipment.
“Once the debt is paid off, we can redirect those funds to enhance our housing programs, implement additional educational resources, bring in a greater selection of nutritious food and bring in other resources that our clients are telling us they need to help them,” said Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director. “Ultimately, you would help MOM continue to be that force for instilling hope and driving change in our community for our neighbors that need our help.”
Throughout the remainder of 2015 there will be a number of giving opportunities for the public to get involved. To learn more about MOM’s efforts to prevent homelessness and end hunger through the Building Hope, Strengthening Communities Campaign, visit momhelps.org/campaign.
If you would like to donate now you can send your investment to MOM at 3502 Parmenter in Middleton, care of “Building Hope” or visit momhelps.org and donate online. If you would like to make a multi-year pledge or would like a tour of the facility please contact Al Ripp, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 826-3408.