On December 10th, 2018, ForKids released the design plans for their $17 million headquarters, the Center for Children and Families (CCF) to be constructed in the historic South Norfolk borough of the City of Chesapeake. ForKids has collaborated with architects Tymoff + Moss and Hourigan Construction for more than two years on project programming and the design of the facility.
The 60,000 s.f. headquarters will be home to the new ForKids Research and Advocacy Center, allowing the nonprofit to connect on a national level. The CCF will also include an education center with five classrooms and four tutoring rooms and the ability to serve up to 120 children, a family shelter with 96 beds that is designed to accommodate up to 20 families of any size, a kitchen and dining hall able to serve 150 meals each night, the ForKids Regional Housing Crisis Hotline that receives over 45,000 calls each year and administrative offices for over 100 staff members.
The new center is part of a $20 million capital campaign chaired by Frank Batten, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC. The Landmark Community Foundation provided the lead gift to the campaign of $2.5 million. The Campaign also includes a new $2+ million Regional Service Center in Suffolk to serve Western Tidewater which was dedicated on November 8th and a $1 million endowment.
The 7,000 square-foot project has allowed ForKids to dramatically expand educational facilities for homeless and formerly homeless children of Suffolk and Western Tidewater. The trauma-informed Center provides space for distinct classrooms, donation distribution and volunteers, as well as designated room for community partners to offer services to ForKids families. While it does not include an overnight shelter, the space will house job coaches, mental health professionals and case managers handling services and housing placement for 30-35 families daily.
For more information on The Campaign ForKids, visit www.thecampaignforkids.org.