Increased Need for Comprehensive Nutrition Care Drives Expansion Plans
Averaging a 12% annual increase in new client enrollment over the past several years, this unprecedented growth has created a critical need for a larger, more efficient facility. This much-needed expansion will immediately provide additional space for storage, distribution and food preparation – allowing Open Hand to serve more clients with medically-appropriate meals and further expand our revenue-generating Good Measure Meals™ operations.
With the additional 17,000 square foot facility secured, Design firm TaC Studios immediately began work on spatial plans and architectural renderings for the joining of it and our current Ottley Drive building into one expanded campus.
Sheila M. Pool shared the exciting news of Open Hand realizing our Expansion Campaign goal with the community in a recent issue of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution!
With the official announcement by Open Hand’s Board of Directors that Open Hand has reached its $4.2 million Expansion Campaign goal, Open Hand is moving aggressively toward the realization of its goal of making prevention-based nutrition the catalyst for healthy living and affordable healthcare.
“CNC positions Open Hand as a pre-eminent model for nutrition-based healthcare support agencies of the future. Our expanded campus is critical to the success of CNC, and thus our entire Board is excited to see this campaign come to a successful conclusion,” said Jackie Yeaney, president of the Open Hand Board of Directors.
To ensure that the funding was secured to make the vision of our new space a reality, Open Hand leaders approached a number of longtime individual donors and highly respected philanthropic foundations to provide “lead” campaign gifts necessary to meet the ultimate campaign goal. The response, even in difficult economic times, has been overwhelming.
“We’re very appreciative to all those who helped us reach this historic milestone,” said Todd Tautfest, Open Hand Board member and Chairman of the Expansion Campaign Steering Committee. “We’re now at a point where we can visualize the future of Open Hand and be confident in our ability to serve the growing needs of our community for many years to come."
The Open Hand Legacy Project
"The Capital Expansion Campaign will provide funds to expand our meal production work, which is only part of Open Hand's mission. And while we are so fortunate to have the bricks and mortar portion of our campaign completed, our fundraising efforts are far from over." notes Open Hand Executive Director, Stephen Woods. "We continue to raise funds for our Legacy Project, which will be woven into the actual structure of the building."
"This Legacy Project will tell the story of Open Hand's evolution in words and photographs; photographs of the volunteers who give the gift of their time and of those they serve. Open Hand is much more than a building that produces meals - our mission is to empower others with the tools to live healthier lives. Our vision is a building which inspires and engages volunteers - in the fulfillment of this mission. We will continue to raise funds for this purpose until the building has been completed - and beyond."
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