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1105 Project Needs Late Donations

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The 1105 Project is set to start serving people in need by mid-December, allowing four nonprofit organizations to work together under one roof.

But without some much-needed donations, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Crisis Center of Johnson County, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and the Free Lunch Program will start serving up higher rent payments, too.

The 1105 Project needed to take out a $500,000 construction loan to finish its renovations on Gilbert Court, and they want to make that money back in donations by January 1.

"This is a great project, it is worthy of whatever you have to give, and every dollar counts," said capital campaign chair Sara Langenberg.

If those dollars aren't raised, the cost will get passed on to the nonprofits in the form of higher rent. Collectively, they'll have to pay $1,400 more per month, something Langenberg does not want to see.

"So the agencies can focus their fundraising efforts on serving their clients, and not paying extra rent," Langenberg said.

But the building loan is already paying off. The walls that have been torn down in the building are bringing the nonprofits closer together, both physically and mentally.

"Every day, we have the opportunity to see new potential, to see another thing that could come true just by being in this space together," said Crisis Center marketing director Beth Ritter Ruback.

Those projects include new health clinics and services for mental health patients, something Ritter Ruback hopes will happen in the most cost-effective way.

Find out more about The 1105 Project, including how to donate, on the Crisis Center website.

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