Coralville City Council pledged $50,000 towards a $1.25 million project to bring four Johnson County agencies under one roof at their meeting Tuesday evening.
The 1105 project is a partnership between the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Free Lunch Program and the Crisis Center of Johnson County to renovate a building at 1105 Gilbert Court. Project organizers say the new facility will better serve clients throughout the county who seek the agencies’ assistance.
Sara Langenberg, the project's capital campaign chair, said the council’s gift is a huge relief as the agencies’ move-in dates are set for January 1 with the Free Lunch Program serving its first meal Dec. 30 at the new building.The city’s contribution means $810,000 has been raised towards the goal with $440,00 left to fulfill their goal.
“It’s just a really meaningful gift, Coralville’s contribution,” Langenberg said. “It really shows the council understands we’re all in this together.”
Becky Reedus, executive director of the Johnson County Crisis Center, said the project will also benefit Coralville residents. She said last year the center helped 190 Coralville residents through the emergency assistance program and the center provided over $16,000 in assistance for Coralville residents.
Coralville will provide an annual contribution of $10,000 for the next five years. Mayor Jim Fausett said the council agreed this was an important project to support.
"We saw this was another opportunity for the communities to cooperate and get behind each other," he said.