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Gifts to help Open Door build community center

United Methodist Open Door, which provides food, clothing and shelter services for low-income and homeless residents in Wichita, has received several gifts in its campaign for a community resource and referral center.

The agency received $500,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation for program support of the new facility; an additional $500,000 from Sedgwick County, which will be distributed over the next five years; $35,000 from the Catholic Diocese of Wichita; $75,000 from First Presbyterian Church; and $50,000 from local businessman Bill DeVore.

The group also created a fund in honor of Connie Gamm, a longtime community volunteer who supported the group and died in 2009. The lobby of the new facility, at Second and Topeka, will be named in her honor.

The "Open Your Heart to Open the Door" capital campaign is seeking to raise $5.4 million.

United Methodist Open Door, previously known as United Methodist Urban Ministry, has been serving the Wichita community for more than 45 years.

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