Daring to grow logo square3 rgb.jpgIn Spring 2020 we enter the public phase of Daring to Grow, St Stephen's capital campaign to fund new construction and renovation on our campus.  We invite you to learn more about it and support us as we seek to raise $1 million  in new and increased pledges from the school community.  We have been quietly findraising since 2017 and have raised over $5.1 million as of February 29, 2020, from the school and church communities and generous Houston foundations.  

Now more than ever, the people of St. Stephen’s recognize the importance of our strong progressive community to transform minds, lives, and spirit. We — school, church, and community — are more than 800 people who come weekly for worship, classes, and social justice, environmental, mental health, and civic organization meetings. All of our activities display a genuine commitment to justice, peace, respect and human dignity.

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As one strong community, we will embark on our next bold project — renovation of our historic facilities and construction of a new building on campus. It is time to build a physical environment that matches our transformative community spirit  — to create facilities that support our mission long into the future.

Our dream is a warm, welcoming, safe and highly functional campus that allows every person to “dare to grow and open themselves to transformation” spiritually, intellectually and as world citizens. The new building will be a beacon in the heart of Montrose with a large gathering area, new meeting rooms, classrooms, music room, and an expansive Parish Hall / Gymnasium. Renovations to existing buildings will address deferred maintenance to extend the serviceable life of our existing buildings and improve their comfort.

The project is school cap campaign 2020 goal.pngfueled by our school's growth and by the state of our current facilities. With activity on campus -- including meetings of civic and social justice groups -- from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, we have reached capacity and need larger and more flexible space for our mission and ministries. Our current facilities, 11 separate buildings constructed between the 1920s and 1961, are insufficient in both condition and size to support our current activities, or to envision additional ones. Most were constructed for purposes other than school and church activities and have been adapted for our needs. Our campus is hard to navigate, and many of our buildings are inaccessible to those with limited mobility, plus inefficient and expensive to operate. For decades our buildings have not represented the progressive nature of our school. It worsens every day. Imagine what we could be doing and whom we could be serving if we were not busy daily patching and paying for aging, broken AC, heating, electric, plumbing, roofs, pavement, floors, windows, and walls!  We invite your to make our vision a reality.

Goal and Timeline

In 2016 the school and church embarked on a master plan to reimagine our campus for the next generation. The capital campaign will fund Phase 1 of the campus master plan. The school and church have been quietly fundraising for this campaign since 2017.  In the fall of 2019, we entered the public phase and invited the church members to raise an additional $1.3 million. We are pleased to share that as of 12/15/2019 we have raised $4.9 million together between the quiet phase and the church campaign from school parents and grandparents, parishioners, and Houston foundations.

In 2020 we invite all members of the school community -- current parents, grandparents, and alumni -- to contribute $1 million of new or additional pledges to meet our project timeline. 

Timeline

2020
Select architect and begin construction documents

2021
Break Ground

2022-23 School Year
Move in to new and renovated facilities

How to Participate

Our families are generous. We regularly receive 100 percent participation for our Annual Fund. Capital campaign gifts are different. They are transformative for both the institution and the giver. We invite supporters to consider making gifts of 5 to 20 times their annual giving to be paid over a five-year period. We invite you to give for the next generation.

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Recognition
  • All donations will be listed alphabetically on a plaque in the new building.
  • Gifts of $10,000 or more will be listed in numerical categories on a sign on school grounds.
  • All gifts of $100,000 or more will be given the opportunity to name a room or space in the new facility should the donor so wish.