Healing Place starts drive

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Healing Place, a Raleigh nonprofit that in 2001 opened a 180-bed facility for homeless men with alcohol and drug addiction, has kicked off a drive to raise $10 million for operations and a new 90-bed facility for women.

The group also is getting 5 percent from the sale of “The Healing Blend,” a new coffee developed by Counter Culture in Durham. Based on idea by Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting, the coffee is being marketed through Whole Foods stores in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.

Civic volunteer Lou Mitchell is chairing the fund drive, which already has landed commitments of $1 million each from the Wake County Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control and from Wake County, $500,000 from an anonymous foundation, $200,000 from Progress Energy and $100,000 each from Capitol Broadcasting and the A.J. Fletcher Foundation.

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