Dear Day One Supporters,
Happy New year to you all! We are extremely grateful for your support of the Day One Project. This letter is the first of our quarterly emails to keep you up-to-date on our progress and how your financial support is helping to get our project up and running
While checks from generous supporters continue to trickle in, our initial private fundraising effort raised over $80,000! Four donors have committed to donate for an additional four years, totaling $23,500, which is a great start for years two through five. We have hired a local consultant to help us strategize a long-term approach for foundation support as well as grant writing assistance. The Heinz and Pittsburgh Foundations have expressed interest in the project but are hesitant to step forward due to our lack of a track record. We are committed to moving forward with or without them.
We continue our search for real estate. At this point, we do not plan to take on the burden of owning five single-family dwellings, and we have yet to find a suitable five unit building. Currently, we plan to house our initial families in scattered site apartments, similar to the arrangement with our initial family.
We plan to begin programming with five families in March. They will be required to attend three months of successful programming before being placed in housing. Our hope is that our first five families will move into Day One housing in June, 2017.
As with any new venture, we expect a few adjustments along the way, but we are committed, determined and excited to move forward and thanks to you, we have the finances to make this happen. We plan to have an awareness and fundraising event sometime this year. We will be reaching out to all of you at the end of the year with the hope of having your continued support for year two.
Thank you for your help in changing the lives of our Day One families.
Muzz Meyers and the Day One Team