Trinity Church, founded in 1698, announced today in a press release that they will announce the public launch of a capital campaign at an event at the church on February 15, 2017 at 4:00pm.
Trinity Serves supports a bold suite of projects to restore and renew the centrally-located Trinity campus to better serve the people of Newport and the surrounding areas. Maintaining the historic church building as the central feature of the campus, the project will:
- Increase and improve usable program space through the construction of a new, environmentally and historically sensitive building on the site and foundation of the former Carr-Rice House;
- Restore Honyman Hall for continued and expanded use and improved accessibility;
- Continue preservation efforts in the historic church building with special emphasis on building systems; and
- Address critical issues of pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow on the campus.
To date, over $950,000 has been raised towards a projected goal of $3,000,000.
Church leaders, led by the Rector, The Reverend Canon Anne Marie Richards, have committed to making campus space available to community organizations, meeting and conference planners, and to the active Newport bridal industry. All with a vision of establishing Trinity Church as a center for gathering, celebrating, and serving the residents of Newport and the surrounding areas.
Central to the campaign is the construction of a new building on Trinity’s historic campus. This bright new facility will include meeting rooms, a 150 seat assembly space, a dedicated music suite, as well as a commercial kitchen. Anchor partners in this venture include Harvest Kitchen, a program of Farm Fresh Rhode Island; Newport Police Department’s Community Policing Unit; Community Meal Network; and East Bay Literacy Volunteers. These dynamic ventures join Trinity’s outstanding music program and existing recovery meetings.
Commenting on the goals of Trinity Serves, Canon Richards said, “More than the construction or restoration of buildings, this is a campaign to support and expand service to and with our community. Success will not be measured in square feet, but in lives affected. Success will not be about buildings, but about the creation and utilization of a true community asset.”