SALEM, Va. (October 26, 2022) – HopeTree Family Services, a leader in life enrichment and mental health services, has successfully completed the $25,000 matching gift challenge set earlier this year by the Charles B. Keesee Foundation. In total, $68,075.76 of funding was secured for the updates and renovations to HopeTree’s on campus chapel, Keesee Chapel, located on their Salem campus.
Renovations to the chapel included upgrades to equipment, new worship decor, enhancements for scalable spaces, and more. The goal for the project was to enhance spiritual and educational experiences for all that enter the chapel’s doors. Whether it is a HopeTree resident being able to pray without interruption, or a youth group utilizing the audio/visual upgrades for their services, guests should feel welcome and empowered in this modernized space.
The matching gift challenge was met as a result of generous contributions from more than 80 donors and individuals. Lisa Clause, HopeTree Chief Advancement Officer, states, “We are happy to exceed our goals to renovate the Keesee Chapel. We had many individuals and churches support this project including the generous support of Elevation Church and the Keesee Foundation. The Keesee Matching Challenge really put us over the top. Now we have a beautiful chapel to share with the community.”
Since opening in 1956, Keesee Chapel has been a staple on HopeTree’s campus. Through the years, the building has seen approximately 1,000 professions of faith and thousands of children experiencing their first exposure to Christ. Today, Keesee Chapel has expanded its use to become a place for worship, reflection, understanding, and celebration.
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