Because of YOU…we turned the dirt!

Because of YOU…we turned the dirt!

A note from Allison Melangton.

Dear friend,

We’ve broken ground!

On Wednesday, November 13, we came together with friends and supporters to turn the dirt and ceremonially kick off expansion. The temperature outside our heated tent was freezing, bringing to mind all the women and children who desperately need our help. That made the morning so surreal. Very soon, thousands more women and children each year will be given the help, warmth, and shelter they sincerely deserve.

We launched this campaign on October 20, 2018 and are humbled and in awe of God’s enduring faithfulness and our community’s rapid response and generosity. This $13 million (originally $12 million) campaign is the largest in Wheeler Mission’s history, and we’ve already raised $11.8 million and broken ground…all in just 390 days!

With $1.2 million left to raise, we’re not yet at the finish…but this is a milestone we’ve dreamed of, prayed for, and anticipated.

An INCREDIBLE celebration!

On the road the our groundbreaking, there were several key gifts that propelled our progress forward:

  • Lilly Endowment: $3 million, plus an additional $1 million in a 1:1 match. Currently, we’ve raised $924,754 toward that match!
  • Tax credit allocations through the City of Indianapolis: Earlier this year, the City of Indianapolis was awarded $55 million in New Markets Tax Credits and has graciously awarded Wheeler Mission $9 million in Tax Credit allocations. We are currently working with Chase Bank to purchase these credits with a realized net proceed for the project, anticipated to be around $1.4 million.
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust: $1 million!

To all who’ve given so far, thank you for your confidence in us and your incredible commitment to the women and children who will be served here.

See for yourself!

As I watch this coverage of the groundbreaking ceremony, I just can’t stop smiling! Throughout this campaign, God has heaped His goodness upon us. We’ve talked, prayed, planned, and asked…and now we can finally get started!


Friend, with just over $1 million left to raise, our eyes are fixed on the finish, and we have no doubt we’ll reach our goal.

Thank you to all who are making this expansion a reality. Together, we’re providing help, hope, and healing to hundreds more women and children experiencing homelessness.

Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow.

Working together,

Allison Melangton
Building for Change
Campaign Chair