City of Lewisville Creates Nonprofit Center – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers
The City of Lewisville announced last month that it is providing financial assistance to help establish a nonprofit center in Lewisville that will dramatically increase the city’s ability to help those in need.
The Lewisville City Council gave its approval to move forward with plans for the new “Serve Lewisville” facility at its July 18 meeting, according to a city news release. Serve Lewisville’s goal is to bring multiple nonprofits together in one facility, making it easier for people in need of health and social services to get help without having to travel to multiple locations. .
The vision for this facility is to meet critical community needs over the next five years and promote collaborations between nonprofits, churches and civic organizations. A recently completed feasibility study revealed a need for this type of facility in Lewisville. This study focused on five areas of concern: adult health care, mental health, rental and utility assistance, affordable childcare, and food. It is believed that the Serve Lewisville facility can meet three of these five major needs in phase one of the project.
“Serve Lewisville will become a hub of innovation for social service agencies in southern Denton County,” said Lewisville Mayor TJ Gilmore. “We are proud to invest in tools that will help our residents quickly access the resources they need.
The city will provide Serve Lewisville with a $2.5 million forgivable loan from its U.S. Bailout allocation. Serve Lewisville will be responsible for raising all other funds needed to purchase a vacant building on Edmonds Lane, renovate it to meet customer needs and cover running costs. This location was chosen because it qualifies for New Market Tax Credits, is easy to get to, is close to several neighborhoods, and is near churches and schools.
“The creation of Serve Lewisville represents an investment by city leaders to increase capacity to help those in need,” said Serve Denton CEO Pat Smith. “From our experience at Serve Denton, we know this will attract new agencies to the community and double capacity over the next five years.”
Serve Lewisville, a new 501(c)3 organization, will be created with a five-member board (two city members, Serve Denton’s CEO, and two community members). The board will reflect the current governance structure of Serve Denton. Serve Lewisville will also be responsible for attracting nonprofit and social service tenants to fill the center. It will offer a reduced rental rate not exceeding 80% of the market rate for nonprofits and social service organizations.
Major flagship nonprofits including Denton County MHMR, City of Lewisville Co-Care Team, PediPlace, Giving Grace, Catholic Charities, North Central Texas College, and a WIC store (Women, Infants & Children), have already expressed interest in being part of Servir Lewisville. A tentative schedule has been set for the establishment of Serve Lewisville, with a possible grand opening scheduled for spring 2023.