D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s (DABSJ) reached its fundraising goal of $10 million to build a multipurpose facility, bringing children and family services under one roof.
The Together for Kids Campaign, launched in 2018, marked the start of fundraising for the new building, which will become DABSJ’s campus cornerstone, moving all services onto one campus and saving the organization $2 million over the next two decades. The new facility will be near DABSJ’s Knapp campus in northeast Grand Rapids, enhancing services for the 7,000 children and families the organization serves annually.
“We are so incredibly grateful for our community’s support in helping us reach our $10 million goal,” said Mary Muliett, president and CEO of DABSJ. “To have nearly 500 donors, supporters and foundations come together to make this next chapter a reality seems almost surreal. We’ve reached our goal, our building planning is almost complete, ground has been broken, and we have so many people to thank for making this possible.”
Funding for the project came from more than 500 community donors, local businesses and area foundations. Notable donations include a $1 million lead gift from honorary campaign chairs, the late David Samrick and his wife Susan, who have been longtime supporters of DABSJ. Because of their support, DABSJ plans to name a health center in the new facility the David & Susan Samrick Health & Family Center.
The new campus will feature expanded areas for programming and administration and will provide educational and wellness space for those who use DABSJ’s services. The organization foresees better outcomes for children and families with the consolidation of services under one roof, as they will benefit from improved employee collaboration, a centralized medical clinic and classrooms, a new critical operating space and upgraded utility systems.