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Good Shepherd’s SECU Lakeside Reserve Receives Grant and Challenge Match from Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation Inc.

Wilmington, NC – November 1, 2016 –SECU Lakeside Reserve, a 40-apartment affordable housing project of Good Shepherd Center, recently announced a $100,000 gift from the Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation.

Pledged over two years, the Foundation has further shown its support of this project by challenging Good Shepherd to raise an additional $100,000. Gifts received in the amount of $5,000 and above will be matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation, up to a maximum of $100,000. “We are deeply honored and humbled by this incredible support and very grateful to the Foundation and its Board of Directors for their overwhelming generosity,” said Reid and Linda Murchison, co-chairs for the Lakeside capital campaign.

Construction is under way on the SECU Lakeside Reserve affordable housing project. (Photo Courtesy of Good Shepherd Wilmington)
Construction is under way on the SECU Lakeside Reserve affordable housing project. (Photo Courtesy of Good Shepherd Wilmington)

“We are inspired to reach out to the community and have their gifts doubled by the Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation,” said Katrina Knight, Good Shepherd’s Executive Director. “We know our donors and friends will be equally inspired now that their gifts will go twice as far toward providing a solution to homelessness,” she added.

“The Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation Inc. is pleased to provide a grant for the construction of a very needed affordable housing community called the Good Shepherd’s SECU Lakeside Reserve,” said Scott Sullivan, President of the Foundation. “The Foundation’s Directors try to stimulate charitable giving by issuing challenge grants for projects that help change people’s lives in fundamental ways,” Sullivan added.

“With the success of the challenge match, and the outright grant from the Foundation, this gift has the potential of reaching $300,000,” said Jane Birnbach, Senior Development Director at Good Shepherd Center. “It brings us closer to our final goal for this project and we are deeply grateful to those who have recognized the importance of affordable housing in our community,” she added.

Thanks to the incredible support from the community including individuals, businesses, foundations and congregations, as well as a $1 million commitment from State Employees’ Credit Union, nearly $4 million has been raised in public and private support allowing the project to break ground this past August. The first phase will include 16 of the total 40 units plus common space including offices, lobby, kitchen, and shared laundry facilities. Construction began in September.

For more information about SECU Lakeside Reserve or how you can contribute to the campaign and have your gift of $5,000 or more matched by the Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation, contact Jane Birnbach at 910-763-4424 x110 or

About Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation

The Bruce Barclay Cameron Foundation Inc. was organized in 2009 by Bruce B. Cameron Jr., a native of Wilmington, active businessman, and prominent local philanthropist. The Board of Directors consists of Steve Coggins, George Taylor Sr., Peter Fensel Jr., Bob Warwick, Adair Graham Jr., Jane Sullivan, and Bruce B.
Cameron IV.

About Good Shepherd Center and SECU Lakeside Reserve

The mission of Good Shepherd is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing.

Established in 1983 as a modest Soup Kitchen, Good Shepherd has grown to become the largest provider of homeless services in the region. Current programs include the Soup Kitchen; Second Helpings food salvage and distribution program; Sgt. Eugene Ashley Transitional Living Center for homeless veterans; a Day Shelter providing the homeless with access to showers, clothing, jobs, and on-site mental health and health services; and a Night Shelter with 118 beds for homeless men, women, and families with children. SECU Lakeside Reserve is Good Shepherd’s newest program providing the important combination of affordable housing and supportive services that make it possible for even our most fragile neighbors to move from homelessness to housing stability.

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