Summit Ministries, which offers student leadership programs during the summer, and nine others won the city's
--Summit Ministries for the new stair-elevator tower and improvements to the back of the historic
--2013 Preservation Pioneer: Dr.
Built in 1891 by the Paulson family, the Grand View was purchased by another concern in the 1950s, which sold the building to Summit in 1962. It's since served as the organization's headquarters. The ministry's first of a three-phase capital campaign, which prompted the award, was focused on "life safety" and included creating a new elevator tower, installing sprinklers throughout the 30,000-square-foot structure as well as adding new carpet and paint.
The ministry offers 12-day programs for about 1,300 high school students from all over the country. The program walks college-bound students through their spiritual questions from a "Christian point of view," Myers said. "But we also want to inspire them to influence others in a positive way and to create change in the culture."
As soon as the last of this year's students leave, the second phase of the campaign begins: updating the facilities to be more accessible for disabled students. The final phase is to winterize the building.
The building doesn't have heating or air conditioning, Myers said. And without the former, the program has been forced to restrict itself to summer programming.
"The award was an affirmation to our team here, who worked really hard for seven months to get the project started and finished," he said. "I think it's an affirmation that we really are acting on our principles for caring for the students that are with us through the summer program. ... We want to be a joyful, contributing part of the community."
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