Campus of HOPE and YOU
Alongside partners like you, GAP Ministries has been able to impact our community for 20 years, bringing help and healing, but maybe most importantly, HOPE to every life we touch. From foster children who have experienced abuse and neglect, to families in crisis working to provide a better life for their children, formerly incarcerated individuals seeking a second chance through job training, to children in low income schools going home with a hot meal in their tummies. Together, we have broken cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty, addiction, and incarceration to bring whole life transformations.
In 20 years we have never done a capital campaign or large scale plea to our donor base. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our world is broken and in desperate need of help.
God’s timing is perfect, and we believe that God is calling us now to step out to provide a more stable, sustainable future for GAP. Children are being hurt, families are being destroyed and our community is struggling under the weight of this brokenness.
That is why we are launching the Campus of Hope Capital Campaign for the next four years. The first phase of this $7,500,000 campaign is called Launching Hope. We are asking you to help us raise the first $1,750,000 needed for the downpayment on the new facility by March 2021. Phase 2 and Phase 3 will follow as we continue to build out the new facility, and then pay off the mortgage, finishing the campaign December 31, 2024. We have made a commitment to our community and know that, with your help, we can continue to bring hope and to serve those who are the most vulnerable among us.
Our current location’s lease expires December 31, 2022. An opportunity to purchase a 4 acre property that will meet all our needs, and then some, has just become available. With this new facility, GAP Ministries will save over a quarter of a million dollars in overhead each and every year.
This savings will allow valuable dollars to go directly into programs.
By designing this facility, we are able to expand and improve services in all areas, so we can create:
- A dedicated job training center for at-risk men and women in our Second Chance Job Training Programs (Culinary and Auto Tech, with plans to add other job training opportunities in the future)
- A canning station which will allow us to preserve high quality produce for families in need, teach valuable skills to our culinary students, and provide a stream of income through sales of custom products
- Improved security for our Supervised Visitation Center so children in this program are safe, families are given needed privacy during this challenging time, and extended hours are available because it is a separate building from the remainder of GAP
- An Event Center that will serve local nonprofits and the community, and provide valuable trainings such as TRBI, for families and workers who care for children suffering from past trauma
- A collaborative space for small and emerging nonprofits
- A more efficient warehouse for distribution of food and products to nonprofit partners so that we may serve more struggling families in our community
We can only accomplish this goal if you Stand in the GAP with us to provide Help for Children, Healing for Families, and most importantly, HOPE for our Community.
How you can help:
- Pray for us. We know that ultimately the plan is the Lord’s and He has carried us for 20 years. Your prayers are needed to chart this new path, and deeply appreciated.
- Choose a four-year pledge that fits your budget to help us purchase and build out the Campus of Hope. You have the opportunity to invest what God has given to you and plant a seed that will produce much fruit. You will leave a legacy, a heritage for generations to come for children, women, and men served at the Campus of HOPE.
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Campus of Hope Floorplan
Explore our New Plans for our Campus of Hope
This private area gives GAP Splash parents the ability to shop for all the items they need- food, clothing and household goods - without needing to go to a traditional store. In addition to being safe and private, it also allows us to save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on necessities for the children in our care.
Our Public Shopping area will be thoughtfully and beautifully designed so that families in need will be able to easily locate the products they need in a space that feels inviting, and preserves their dignity. This area serves low-income families in need, as well as foster families, and community-serving nonprofit organizations.
We will share openly with nonprofits, churches and other community-serving organizations by offering a low-cost option for them to host events, fundraisers, and conferences.
Our admin staff provide hope to the community each and every day. These renovated offices will be able to house all of our administrative staff and will also provide large and small meeting spaces.
New and emerging nonprofits need a space to build and collaborate. Our shared work space offers a low-cost solution for leaders and staff. Organizations will have a separate entrance and space for their name on the building.
Expanded to provide more high need items to families and nonprofits in need. This warehouse will distribute over $1,000,000 in product annually to serve thousands of families.
2nd Chance Training Room
Students in our Culinary Training Program will have a dedicated space to complete their exams, search for employment and complete their resumes.
Supervised Visitation Center
We are thrilled to be able to design a facility that will honor families, providing parents a safe, engaging and private space to work on the skills they need in order to reunite with their children. Children will be much more safe in this secure, state-of-the-art facility.
Our amazing Sport Court, provided by Tucson Conquistadores and Suns Charities, will be migrated over to the new facility in a nicely shaded outdoor area. This court will continue to encourage families to engage with their children safely. It will also be a valuable place for the children in our care to burn off some energy during school breaks.
This will help the kids in our care keep cool during the hot summer months. Traditional splash pads can be problematic for kids in care; this will be a safe and contained option that we will be able to offer.
Designed by our chef, this facility will be equipped to provide meals to thousands of children, families and the elderly each month.
We are prayerfully considering how we might be able to use this space to care for kids who have aged out of care. These young adults often struggle and we want to be there to help them once the government services cease so they don’t become a statistic.
Stories of Hope
From Discouragement to Full of Hope
Jennifer was arrested in 2018, when she says “her life was saved”. She spent 5 months in jail before being released to a 2 month drug treatment program. After that she checked herself into the Gospel Rescue Mission Women’s Center for 3 more months of continued treatment. Once finished, she was accepted into a program where she could get section 8 housing and help obtaining all the legal documents she had lost – birth certificate, social security card, and ID. And she continued determinedly with her intensive outpatient recovery.
After gaining the security of permanent housing she became part of the Goodwill Adult re-entry program, where she found out about GAP Kitchen’s culinary program. She graduated GAP’s 10 week program with a culinary arts certificate and servesafe manager’s certificate. This helped her gain a cook position at the Bisbee Breakfast Club. She recently got her driver’s license, which had been suspended for over 4 years. Jennifer said, “none of this was easy so I’m extremely grateful to all the amazing people who have supported me, and God giving me the strength for the battle.” She will now have a better life than before the addiction stole it from her.
From Gangster to Gainfully Employed
When Nick was 12 years old, his addict mother “gave him” to a man she knew. For the next 19 years he dealt drugs for this man. During this time he got married and had four children.
In 2014, it all came crashing down and Nick went to prison for 5 years. His prison reading teachers were Christians. They helped him earn his GED, and shared with him that nothing he had done was too bad for God’s love. Nick gave his life to Jesus and immediately felt peace, like a “weight falling off.” He gave up drugs and has been sober since.
After prison, he enrolled in the GAP Culinary Training Program. There he learned structure and how a kitchen runs. Most importantly, he was surrounded by people who genuinely cared. He said, “It was a magical place,” right down to the Christian music playing in the facility.
Since graduating GAP’s program, Nick has gotten his CDL license. He said the financial classes, life skills, and mentorship at GAP gave him the confidence to pursue a goal he always had to become a truck driver.
Nick said before his life was total darkness, but now he’s like a new baby learning everything for the first time. His kids, 11-18 years of age, are getting to know an entirely different father than before.
From Street Smarts to College Degree
Kenya’s mother was unable to care for her and at just 2 months old, a woman her mom knew became her caregiver. At age 5 she moved in with her grandparents, who had issues of their own, so she mostly raised herself. In her early teens, her mom re-entered her life with her new husband, who became an abusive stepfather to Kenya.
By age 15, she had been kicked out of her home and was shuffled between multiple group homes. Her face was filled with piercings and she had been arrested for fighting. Living a life on a course for destruction was her norm. When she came to GAP she didn’t trust her house parents or get along with the other teen girls.
After several months, Kenya began to realize that her house parents really cared. She finished high school and enrolled at Pima Community College, where she graduated in May with her associates degree. She majored in social services so she can help others, and plans to finish her degree at the ASU extension in Tucson.
Today she says she has a “firm foundation.” She has faith in God and His love for her, she has “sisters” in the other girls who shared a home with her at GAP, and she knows that there are adults who have her back as a safety net if she needs help.
Make a Pledge to
Help Gap Launch Hope
With your gift of $1 to $1,000,000 you can partner with us to provide services to children, women and men that lead to a transformed community for all of us.
Your 4 year pledge through Dec. 2024 will do the following:
Phase I Launching Hope
Purchase the Property Goal: $1,750,000
September 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
- A special property has been found that meets the needs of GAP Ministries going forward for the next 20 years and beyond. This can be applied wholly to programs benefiting hurting children, women, and men.In order to secure the down payment by March 31, 2021 we need to raise $1,750,000 of the $4,000,000 purchase price.
Phase II Building Hope
Build out the Property Goal: $4,000,000
June 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022
- GAP will save $18,000 per month, or $216,000 per year by owning rather than leasing at our current property. A blessing for this new property is that the current renters, occupying only a small portion of the property, are committed through Dec. 2021. Their rent will cover GAP’s mortgage payments until January 1, 2022. Fundraising will continue and renovations will be made to the buildings in stages, moving from the old facility to the new as each area is completed. All departments will be in the new facility by December 31, 2022, when our current lease expires.
Phase III Future of Hope
Pay off the Property Goal: $7,500,000
January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024
- The final phase of the project will be to retire the mortgage and own the property outright. This will mean that a minimum of $36,000 per month, or close to a half a million dollars annually, will be saved and this can be used 100% for programs at GAP Ministries. GAP’s impact over the past 20 years has been a show of God’s miraculous provision. Your participation in purchasing the property for GAP Ministries’ Campus of HOPE will take this ministry and the people it serves forward for the next 20 years and beyond.
Thank you for your interest in the Campus of Hope. We know the decision to invest in this is one you don’t take lightly, and we would like to share more with you in person. We are also happy to email you more information or give you a personal call.
Ready to Bring Hope to our Community?
You can pick several monthly choices by clicking the Donate button, or choose an amount that works for you. For larger donations, we know that you will want to meet with us to discuss this investment. Please Connect with us and we will reach out to you to set up an appointment to meet with a member of the executive team.
20 Years of Service!
GAP Ministries’ heart is for children. For 20 years we have served children and teens who have experienced abuse and neglect, caring for them in a loving home atmosphere with house parents and staff who love them and pour their hearts and effort into helping them find their true value and worth. But these children have families. If we only care for the children, these cycles of brokenness continue. But if we can reach out to their families before they are in crisis with needed resources, or help them find healing after they are in crisis, generational cycles of poverty and abuse can be stopped. This leads to transformed communities. It is our desire to stand in the GAP to bring help to children, healing to families, and hope to our community.
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