RALEIGH, N.C. — Construction at Interact of Wake County's new Family Empowerment Center is moving ahead despite fundraising for it being nearly $1 million shy of its $5 million goal.
"We were totally on track, right where we expected to be," said Adam Hartzell, executive director of the nonprofit group, which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. "We raised 80 percent of our goal, and then the stock market crashed."
The fundraising campaign for the program started three years ago, and the group still needs $850,000 to cover construction costs, Hartzell said.
But now, it is competing for charitable donations in the midst of a struggling economy. Hartzell says that in tough economic times, people who donate to charities want to know exactly where their money is going.
"The challenge that we have is making sure they know their dollars are staying right here in this community to help families struggling right here in this community," he said.
The 55,000-square-foot center, which is expected to open by the end of the year, will house 10 nonprofit groups, including the YMCA, legal aid, substance abuse and mental health counseling, health care and food assistance. The Raleigh Police Department will also be housed at the facility.
"To our knowledge, there is nothing like this anywhere in the country, on this scale, with this scope," Hartzell said.