By Todd Cohen
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — With a $2 million challenge grant from the SECU Foundation, Family House at UNC Hospitals has launched the public phase of a capital campaign to raise $5.5 million to build a facility to provide temporary housing for families of adult patients undergoing critical care at UNC Hospitals.
Heading the fundraising effort, which already has generated more than $3.5 million in gifts and pledges, is Greg Kirkpatrick, former executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, who has been named director of development and capital campaign manager.
The grant from the SECU Foundation, funded solely by members of the State Employees’ Credit Union, challenges Family House to match it dollar for dollar.
Family House has raised roughly $1 million and needs to raise $1 million more to meet the challenge, and another $1.5 million to complete the campaign.
The group’s new 32,500-square-foot facility, expected to be completed on 5.85 acres adjacent to Ronald McDonald House near UNC Hospitals, will serve families of patients receiving treatment for organ and bone-marrow transplants, cancer, severe burns, eating disorders and other critical care.