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Wernle Receives a Transformational Gift to Complete Funding for the Construction of a New Residential Hall

March 10, 2016

Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center received a transformational gift from a private family foundation in Southwestern Ohio that will allow the organization to complete the funding for a new 15-bed residential hall.    The overall cost of the residential hall building project is $1.9 million.
“We are truly blessed to have received this commitment,” said Wernle President/CEO, Darrell Gordon. The construction of another new residential hall will allow our organization to better serve more children and their families in a new, state-of-the-art facility.” 
The gift to Wernle comes in the midst of Phase II of the organization’s $10 million Community of Hope Campaign.  The goal for Phase II is $5 million.  The two primary goals of Phase II of the campaign include the construction of the residential hall and the construction of a new administration building which will also house Wernle’s outpatient services.
Phase I of the campaign was completed in December 2014. Projects included in Phase I included an additional $5 million for the construction of a new residential hall and the renovation of an existing building, which allowed Wernle to again serve girls on its campus.  During Phase I lead commitments were made by several individuals and foundations. 
Wernle is a family focused, child centered agency providing opportunities for the growth and development of troubled children and their families—individually, interpersonally, and socially-through caring programs and healing relationships which are reflective of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ.


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.


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