Rapid City Collective Impact keys in on downtown location

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Rapid City Collective Impact took a big step forward Thursday toward creating an all-inclusive transitional center that aims to improve the quality of life for those struggling with poverty.

After two years of research and community conversation, the group identified the majority of the former National American University properties along Kansas City Street as a prime location.

Project Manager Charity Doyle said she’s now speaking with providers for services like mental health, identity recovery, transportation and ongoing drug treatment to have a location on campus. But the goal is to create well-rounded individuals — so it will also feature life skill programs like education and job training in addition to a safe place to sleep at night.

Doyle said the downtown location brings with it extra benefits, like access to transportation and nearby jobs.

"Rapid City is very spread out for its population, so when someone is in crisis, and they need a handful of services, there's not one place they can go and get that help. So, we want somewhere that's centrally located,” Doyle said. “The three rules of being on this campus are: You have to be clean and sober, you have to be on an income plan, and you have to be on a housing plan. This is not for people who want a free ride. This is for people who want to change the condition that they're in."

This proposed campus is separate from the Pennington County Community Restoration Center, which will include a crisis care center, safe beds and other resources.

It’s currently under construction, directly across Kansas City Street from the Public Safety Building, and city leaders hope to have it open by May 2018.

RCCI’s location, which is just to the east, could open as soon as March 2019.

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