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News: 10/15/2015

La Luz Center seeks local support for new Community Services Center

A capital campaign to build a new Community Services Center for La Luz Center was launched in March of this year.

The building project started in 2012 when Impact100 awarded La Luz a $25,000 grant to remodel the front office intake space of its decades old bungalow building to provide privacy for client interviews. La Luz subsequently received significant grants from First 5 and Sonoma County Health Services to provide suitable waiting and interviewing areas for its clients, and adequate working space for its staff and volunteers. Planning for a remodel and discussions with local architectural firm Bevan & Associates began shortly thereafter.

However, based on professional advice from many sources, La Luz decided to replace the aging bungalow with a new, code compliant community services center.

At present, drawings for the new building have been submitted to the County for approval, a conditional use permit has been issued by the county, and a building contract is being finalized.

The first phase of the capital campaign was very successful thanks in part to several major donors and to a substantial matching challenge from the Hamel Family Foundation. The next phase will be addressed to the many other supporters of La Luz with the hope of fully achieving the campaign’s goal of raising at least $1.5 million to cover the costs of designing, constructing and maintaining the new building.

“We know we have a broad base of supporters in the community,” says La Luz Executive Director Juan Hernandez. “We believe they will come forward to help us meet our goal so that La Luz can even better serve its large Sonoma Valley community in achieving health, education and financial security.”

If you would like to make a donation, mail a check to La Luz Center, 17560 Greger Street, Sonoma, CA 95476, or call Sharon Somogyi at 938-5131, ext. 102.

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