Journal Record: Concordia starts $3.5 million capital campaign for expansion
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Concordia Community Foundation has started a $3.5 million capital campaign fundraising effort to expand Concordia’s Kamman Chapel.
The fundraising effort is for a project to convert the existing Kamman Chapel to an independent living activities space, building a larger and improved chapel with more than double the current seating capacity.
“The Kamman Chapel is a gathering place – the heart of the community – and it’s just a little bit undersized for what we’ve grown into,” said David Seaman, president of Concordia Community Foundation and vice president of Lutheran Senior Citizens Inc. “Concordia’s building is great, the people are welcoming, the programs are exceptional and all the care from independent living to skilled nursing is fantastic. Now, this is where we take care of the spiritual needs of our residents.”
The new Kamman Chapel will expand seating from 40 to 100 people and add acoustics for the hearing impaired. Additional space for activities, offices, a conference room and storage will be developed underneath the chapel.
“At Concordia, we emphasize the importance of physical and spiritual wellness,” said Danny Eischen, CEO at Concordia. “Not only will this campaign provide additional chapel space and expand our ministry offerings to benefit residents, family, staff and community groups, but the space underneath the chapel will also be developed and we will use that space to expand our activity offerings.”
The campaign goal is to raise $3.5 million with an anticipated completion date of 2023-2024. When the goal is reached, any additional contributions will benefit Concordia’s Good Samaritan Fund, which gives life care residents comfort and peace of mind by providing for their care when personal funds are depleted.
Concordia Community Foundation was formed this year and functions as the philanthropic arm of Concordia Life Plan Community, 7707 W. Britton Rd. in Oklahoma City.