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The three-year capital campaign for the Jeanne Jugan Residence succeeded in reaching its $12 million target, the Little Sisters and the capital campaign committee have announced. The Building Together on Sacred Ground Capital Campaign was the largest fundraising initiative in our 145-year history.
The money came with the help of 8,804 generous donors who contributed gifts ranging from $2 to $2 million.
The funds were needed for numerous essential upgrades and repairs to the buildings and grounds. “Our home is a safer place today for our Residents and all the Little Sisters because of the outpouring of support and prayers from the community,” said Mother Mary Michael. “Importantly, this work allows us to sustain our Home and to care for this city’s elderly for many years to come. We thank God for the mercy and compassion of the many people who so beautifully opened their hearts to support our mission.”
Initial plans for the campaign were launched as the Great Recession roiled the economy. But despite the harsh economic climate, the Little Sisters recognized that to continue their mission, and to be good stewards of what God has given us through your generosity, the aging buildings and infrastructure demanded attention. Further delay would mean continued deterioration, unsafe conditions, rising repair costs and soaring utility bills.
The challenge was to raise $12 million without affecting the operating budget needed to serve our Residents. “We were confident in our plan and God,” said Mother Mary Michael, citing the words of Saint Jeanne Jugan, our Mother Foundress: “Give us this house. If God fills it, God will not abandon it.”
Certain in the urgency of our purpose, and blessed with the guiding presence of B.F. Saul as chair of the campaign, fundraising began in the spring of 2014. After we achieved what seemed a daunting goal, Mr. Saul said, “I have been honored to serve as chair of this campaign and express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has played a role in this historic effort on behalf of The Little Sisters of the Poor.”
Following is a list of improvements the generosity of our benefactors has enabled us to accomplish, ensuring the long-term sustainability of our Home and the ability for The Little Sisters to continue our mission to serve the elderly poor of Washington for years to come: