Oneheart opens “transformation campus”
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - After four years of development, one heart is opening its doors. the four-acre campus is geared toward helping those at the poverty level.
The campus amenities feature three residential towers, a community health center and childcare.
Onehearts executive director Charity Doyle says it is a pathway out of poverty.
“The basic premise is that we want to cover basic needs because if we cover basic needs; it frees up that mental energy that emotional energy to be able to plan for the future and to execute a plan to focus on the future and bring that to fruition”
The campus aims to provide basic essentials like shelter, food and childcare.
People will have the opportunity to finish school or go to work. The community health center of the black hills will also operate an urgent care clinic and pharmacy, open to the public. When families enroll and meet with their care coordinator, Oneheart offers a room so parents can meet with staff in a comfortable setting.
“People are fleeing and high crisis lifestyles, their dealing with very real problems and we don’t want those kids to have to hear some of those issues, some of it can be really traumatic, so we don’t want to retraumatize the children”
Work has been underway for about 4 years and scull construction superintendent Tyler Derflinger is proud of his contribution.
“It’s a privilege to work on a job like this, you know it’s those kinds of jobs that make you feel good about yourself when you’re done with them.
The campus is expected to be at full capacity within the next 7 months.
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