Donation jump-starts renovation project for Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

VIRGINIA BEACH – The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center accepted a $30,000 donation this week to help it launch a major renovation project to help the homeless.

The contribution came from from the PRA Group, a publicly traded debt-buyer based in Norfolk. Jana Hadder, development director for the outreach center, said the money will be a cornerstone to fundraising for a new dorm building for men. The existing building was in such bad shape it was condemned, she said.

The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center helps people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. It is embarking on a campus renovation that will begin with construction of an 8-foot brick wall with a gate to surround the center’s property at 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd, according to a release. The condemned men’s dorm building will be demolished and rebuilt with a new structure that has three floors and about 6,300 square feet.

The PRA group is helping JCOC fund their renovation project. (Courtesy of the PRA group)
The PRA group is helping JCOC fund their renovation project. (Courtesy of the PRA group)

“It’s going to help us more efficiently serve the people,” Hadder said. 

Todd Walker, the outreach center’s executive director, said in the release that the PRA contribution is the “first building block towards our campus renovation project launch.”

“These upgrades will help us deliver services more efficiently and become an even better resource to the Virginia Beach community,” he said.

Renderings of the renovation project will be released on the center’s website next week, Hadder said.

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