Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 22, 2013

HERO center moves forward

By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Work is progressing on the completion of the HERO Center, the structure the Housing Authority of Glasgow is building on South Lewis Street.

Sheri Lee, executive director of the housing authority, gave board members an update on the construction of the family self-sufficiency facility during a special-called meeting Tuesday.

“By tomorrow we will have permanent power to the facility,” she said, adding that once electrical power is available, everything that has to be climate controlled can be installed.

Painting is also taking place at the center, and there is a wait for bathroom partitions and flooring, she said.

“A lot of people are asking me what it is going to be used for,” said Geneva Haggard, board member. “I tell them it’s probably going to be used for multiple purposes. We can do basically what we want with it.”

Lee shared that the center will house a lot of programs, but did not disclose which programs will operate out of the center.

Following Lee’s report on the center, Sam Dickinson, representing the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County, spoke to board members about the capital campaign the club has undertaken. Dickinson did not indicate that the Boys and Girls Club is interested in relocating in the HERO Center.  

“I just wanted to be here to give you a general update because obviously, we don’t have any agreement in place at this point because at the risk of making this sound like we are not talking, we’ve obviously got to wait until HUD gives you all your approval, so there’s really no agreement,” he said.

Dickinson told board members he wanted to let them know where the club is with its campaign, but pointed out how much has been raised at this point is confidential information.

“We are in a non-public phase of fundraising,” Dickinson said. He gave board members copies of a document detailing the club’s fundraising campaign. “To date, you can see the number that we’ve raised. That is the current campaign status for the Boys and Girls Club.”

The club is conducting a $5 million capital campaign and is working with a professional philanthropic group from Wilmington, N.C.

“I doubt seriously we could be at the point we are at without them,” Dickinson said.

The club has extended its original fundraising goal and is hoping to meet a new benchmark by Dec. 31.

“I’m being a little bit vague on purpose because we are not in the public phase of this campaign yet, and that’s going to be soon,” Dickinson said. “Our committee has a goal of reaching a certain number before we go public because we want to be at a point to where we feel like we’re going to get to that number before we start broadcasting a lot.”

He continued that the club has been advised that it should be at 70 percent of its goal before announcing anything about the campaign.

“Just in simple math, that number you see there for December is exactly 70 percent of our goal,” Dickinson said.

A majority of those who have agreed to contribute to the campaign have pledged to do so, but Dickinson said the club has already accepted quite a bit of money. Not all of the pledges have been monetary.

“We’ve actually had a few people to ask us if they can give us cows,” he said.

The club anticipates receiving land in lieu of monetary donations and has adopted an acceptance policy that states what the club will and won’t accept.

“We’ve put on there we will accept land [and] livestock. We’ve actually had a couple of people who are probably going to make their gifts that way. I wanted to make it clear that we’re not out collecting checks,” Dickinson said.  

Club officials are asking people who make pledges when they would like to make their donations.

Some of the money obtained through the campaign will go to operating expenses, while another portion will be used for programming, he said.

“Some of it’s going to be capital expenditures,” Dickinson said. “We’ve got that all outlined in our case study, and like I said, we are not even in the public phase. That’s why this thing says confidential on it. When we get into the public phase, there will be a whole lot of chatter about this, I hope. I expect. We’re pretty happy at this point.”

The club is anxious to go public with its campaign, he said.

“We’re tired of the status that it is in right now,” Dickinson said. “We want it to be public. It’s just not something we can do right now, but we are close. We’re hoping to have something next month where we can kick off the public phase of this.”

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