Peace House Celebrates Thrive Campaign Goal

Peace House Celebrates Thrive Campaign Goal

Peace House recently announced that the Thrive Campaign has achieved its goal of raising $11.64 million to fund the construction of the new Peace House Community Campus. After a two-and-a-half-year capital campaign and a generous outpouring of support from donors both inside and outside of the community, construction is now rolling forward with the intention of opening the doors in Spring 2019.

Leaders of Peace House are grateful for the public and private partnerships that have made this campaign a success. This Spring, the Utah State Legislature approved a one-time appropriation of $900,000 to support the new community campus construction. This public support pairs up well with support from Summit County in partnership with Tanger Outlets that helped kick-start the project with $960,000 to help build Transitional Housing.  Peace House also received significant support from Park City Municipal including the purchase of its shelter at market value for transit worker housing, and a partnership with Intermountain Healthcare which led to $816,000 in support of building Transitional Housing and a long-term lease of property on Round Valley Drive. A grant application for the Federal Home Loan Bank Competitive Grant was approved last December bringing the total public support for the project to over $5.77 million.

Additionally, this project earned the support of many generous members of the community who have supported the project with over $5.87 million committed through foundations, corporations or personal philanthropy. These funds are allowing Peace House to build the new Community Campus, and turn all fundraising attention on supporting the important programs that will make the new Campus effective.

“We are truly grateful to the many champions that made this campaign a success,” says Karen Marriott, Chair of the Peace House Thrive Campaign. “While the end of our campaign is a cause for celebration, the truly exciting thing will be the dramatic expansion of our capacity to help victims of domestic violence end the cycle of abuse, rebuild their lives and thrive, not just survive.”

The new facility is ideally located in a secure but public location on Round Valley Drive between the People’s Health Clinic and the Intermountain Park City Hospital. The campus will provide eight emergency shelter units, 12 transitional housing units, and space for support, training and education, addressing all aspects of domestic abuse at a single location. The new Transitional Housing Program will provide families with the space and time to rebuild their lives after the trauma of domestic abuse. These apartments will give families a home for 6 to 24 months and access to supportive services such as onsite access to case management, counseling and child care as they work towards complete independence. The new Peace House Childcare Program has a dual purpose – the first is to give a parent the peace of mind that their child is in a safe place while they access services, look for housing or employment, or continued education.  In addition, the program will provide an outlet for children to express their feelings in healthy ways; help them develop conflict resolution skills; and normalize their daily activities to provide stability and consistency for their families. “This new facility has always been about more than a building, it is about the life saving and life-changing programs that it will make possible,” says former Executive Director Jane Patten.

“We are so grateful to the individuals, foundations, corporations and public partnerships who have joined us in bringing Peace House and the issue of domestic abuse out of the shadows and into the light. Together we are building a Community Campus, where people can seek support, and services earlier in the cycle of abuse and hopefully before a crisis,” says Kendra Wyckoff, Executive Director of Peace House. “Thank you for believing in the importance of this project, and for investing your time, talent and treasure into making it a reality.”

Since 1995 Peace House has focused on saving lives as it seeks to end family violence and abuse through education, outreach support services and shelter. The future Peace House Community Campus will provide the resources to help those affected by abuse not only survive, but truly thrive.