FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House
Cabbage Patch Settlement House Fully Funds $6.2 Million Capital Campaign
100+ year old organization secures gifts and pledges sufficient to avoid long-term debt
Louisville, KY (January 30, 2013)— The Cabbage Patch Settlement House has fully funded a $6.2 million capital campaign that added 19,000 square feet and updated 10,000 square feet of existing program space at the organization’s location on South Sixth Street. The Room to Grow Campaign received major support from the James Graham Brown Foundation, which contributed $1.1 million—including a recent $300,000 challenge grant which helped Cabbage Patch reach its goal. Other major support came from the Lift a Life Foundation and the Gheens Foundation, along with 509 individuals and organizations.
“We are humbled and energized by the generosity of our faithful donors and the community. We have avoided long-term debt while improving programs and services for those we serve,” said Rev. Tracy Holladay, Executive Director of The Cabbage Patch Settlement House. “The Cabbage Patch is positioned to make a profound impact on the lives of at-risk children and families for the next 100 years.”
The new and improved Cabbage Patch re-opened to the public in late 2009 with marked increases in attendance and participation. Additions and improvements to the grounds include a dedicated reading room, wellness center, classroom and program spaces, renovated gym with movable divider walls, and elevators and ramps to make the building accessible to persons with limited mobility.
“We are proud to support organizations that have a positive impact on our community. The Cabbage Patch now has up-to-date facilities and can offer more opportunities to at-risk children; giving them a place where they can build healthy relationships, learn important values, and expand their horizons. During the school year about 100 different children attend their programs daily. In the summer, it’s about 150 children a day,” said Mason Rummel, president of the James Graham Brown Foundation. “We’re proud to see Cabbage Patch’s growth and be a part of this much needed expansion for their organization.”
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House has served at risk-children and families in the Louisville community since 1910. Annually 1,000 to 1,200 children and youth (ages 8 through college) and their families participate in Youth Development/Recreation and Educational Opportunities programs as well as Counseling and Family Services.