Wernle Receives a Transformational Gift to Complete Funding for the Construction of a New Residential Hall
March 10, 2016
Paul and Patricia Lingle commit $500,000 challenge gift to Wernle
April 25, 2012
Darrell Gordon, Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center’s CEO has announced that Paul and Patricia Lingle have committed a $500,000 challenge gift to Wernle’s Community of Hope campaign.
The Lingle Challenge Gift invites Wayne County residents to pledge $500,000 to secure the commitment. Completion of the challenge campaign will push funding dollars closer to the three year goal of $10 million.
Much of that total will be designated to rebuild, restore and construct new facilities.
Wernle will begin construction of a secure youth service center this coming June, which has evolved from longtime discussions with Wayne County government officials, judges and state and social service agencies. We will add numerous features that will enhance the safety of our residents and staff as well as increase employment opportunities and keep $500,000 in Wayne County annually. We will also modernize much of our century old administration building so it may continue to stand as a welcoming beacon to our services as a Community of Hope.
Portions of the campaign money will be dedicated to boosting our endowment. We are financially sound, but we need more of a cushion to battle the ups and downs of a rapidly-changing economic and political climate. Wernle must modernize and add new programs to compete and thrive. In that realm, we need to start serving girls again to broaden our base and serve the needs of our region. All will be done while continuing our 133-year Christian heritage, which began in 1879 as a Lutheran orphanage.
“Paul and Patricia Lingle are known as the Philanthropists of the Richmond community and are highly respected by many,” Gordon added. “In an effort to support Wernle’s campaign and mobilize others in the area to give, the Lingle’s proudly initiated a $500,000 challenge. Their gracious offer will eventually deliver our organization $1,000,000 of the $10,000,000 “Community of Hope” movement and help us continue the Wernle tradition of restoring hope in the lives of children. We are so ecstatic that the Lingles are great friends of Wernle. May God Bless the Lingle family, just as they have been a blessing to us.”
The Lingles’ gift will match dollar for dollar up to $500,000.