September / October 2020 Update
The North Campus project continues to flourish and proceed on schedule. We are currently working on getting the asphalt down on the South and West Parking lot as weather allows. With winter upon us, we hope to have the building all enclosed with windows by mid-November so work can continue inside without being exposed to the cold weather. Temporary heat is on and we are working on the interior finishes. Sheet rocking and framing have started on the first west wing, and work on the exterior siding is still ongoing.
Please know that your continued thoughts and prayers are being felt. We are constantly surrounded by your love and can be secure in knowing that we will not only survive this difficult time, but thrive! God Bless!
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~2 Timothy 1:7
AUGUST 2020 Update
Three wings are up, one more to go! Our new Skilled Nursing Facility is designed as an “X”. We feel this design will allow us to provide the best, most efficient, and safe care to the residents of our community. During a recent walkthrough, we got the chance to set up some furniture in a future resident room. The amount of space and the views are remarkable! We are so blessed to be on this journey and thankful to all who have stepped up to help us by making some of the first donations to our Capital Campaign. We will be working with our Committee to reach out to the community and have conversations about how you can get involved. We have produced a number of campaign materials and an example is posted below. God bless you and thank you for all your prayers!
JULY 2020 Update
“From the rising of the sund to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” –Psalm 113:3
By the grace of God we can be happy with the progress being made on our project. The wonderful team at Roers and all the contractors have kept busy and are on schedule. The pandemic has caused some delay in our Capital Campaign agenda and we hope to be getting the new timelines out in the near future. Please continue to pray for all who live and work at Missouri Slope. God bless you!
JUNE 2020 Update
We have been abundantly blessed with God’s protection as we continue operating throughout the COVID pandemic. It has affected many of our partners in the healthcare industry and we continue to pray for the health and safety of all. Our team has been working tireless amounts of hours to provide for the needs of our residents and tenants. Governor Burgum declared June 23rd Silver Linings Day and it was a nice celebration of all who live and work in healthcare. We had several families help us parade around our Hillview Campus.
The COVID emergency has really brought to light the importance of infection prevention in healthcare. One way we can protect our residents is by having all private rooms. We committed to concept years ago as a way to give our residents the privacy and dignity the deserve. We are still on track to open in October 2021 and will need all the help we can get to bring all the features and amenities of the project to fruition. The Capital Campaign materials are published and posted to the bottom of this page. Please get in touch with us to find out how you can help. We invite you to invest in our community!
May 2020 Update
Our team continues to fire on all cylinders as we combat COVID-19 in our existing campus and help manage the careful construction of the North Campus Project. We have toured the resident rooms to assure that it is set up well and all features will be installed where needed to promote safety and efficiency. How wonderful these spaces will be: all private rooms with two large windows, private bathrooms, and overhead lifts in case an extra hand is needed.
The Capital Campaign is also ramping up with many new materials now developed with the help of our media partner: KKBold. Please feel free to check in with us by calling Christine Lennon, Development Officer at 701-221-9349 to learn about giving opportunities. Thank you for your continued prayers throughout these busy and challenging times. May God bless you and your families and keep us all safe!
April 2020 Update
As we celebrate Easter in a way we never have, our North Campus Project is moving ahead at a fantastic pace. These moments, early in the morning while the sun begins to rise and the Earth is still are breathtaking! God is good and we are thankful to all who are helping us make this dream a reality.
March 2020 Update
Our world has been turned upside down with the COVID-19 Pandemic. As we do our best to keep the Hillview Campus running smoothly and safely, the team at Roers keeps busy at the North Campus. Unprecedented times have asked us all to do more than we ever thought possible. We are incredibly proud of all our team members and partners who have stepped up these past few weeks and pray for their continued health and safety as we continue working through this pandemic together.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV, Philippians 4:13)
Thank you all for your prayers, letters, and messages. It means the world to all who live and work at Missouri Slope!
February 2020 Update
The North Campus Project is covered in a beautiful blanket of snow with the early morning glow of lights across the city of Bismarck. God grants us beautiful moments such as this as well as all the time we get to share with our residents and tenants each day. We are so grateful and our lives are forever enriched by the connections we have here at Missouri Slope. God bless you today and thank you for your prayers!
January 2020 Update
We have started going vertical with our building! Despite the frigid weather, the great team at Roers has rallied the troops and construction continues at an exciting pace. Our Capital Campaign Committee continues to meet and are working to launch in early March. Happy New Year!
December 2019 Update
Despite the wet and cold weather, construction continues at the North Campus! We actually had a beautiful day to capture a panoramic image of our progress. The north west and south west wing’s foundation walls are being poured and digging continues for the rest of the building. We are thankful to all the great people at Roers Companies who are putting in long hours to try and get caught up. Please be sure to connect with us on social media to learn even more about our wonderful organization. God bless you and Merry Christmas!
November 2019 Update
After the successful groundbreaking ceremony in October, construction has continued. The first basement (pictured) has been dug, and concrete is being poured. We are so thankful to the supporters who have already committed to our project with a gift to the capital campaign! Gifts can be now be made both in cash/check and by credit card via our online donation page.
October 2019 Update
Construction has begun on the North Campus Project – Phase 1 Skilled Nursing Facility and Town Center. An official Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place October 16, 2019 at 10:00am at the North Campus at 4916 North Washington St., Bismarck, ND, 58503. Our Capital Campaign committee has been initiated and planning has begun to raise $10 million for the project. Naming rights will be available for several areas of the building/campus. Please contact Reier Thompson, President/CEO at 701-223-9407 or email@example.com for more information.
June 2019 Update
This month we have started our feasibility study for our Capital Campaign. We have hired the consulting firm Gronlund, Sayther, Brunkow to assist us in developing the strategy. Please feel free to reach out if you want to be involved or learn more about the next steps. We continue to ask for your prayers to guide us through this project over the weeks, months, and years ahead!
We need your advice and counsel regarding an exciting plan to strengthen our ability to serve our elderly and their families for whom we intend to provide the best in care.
MAY 2019 Update
Missouri Slope has selected Dougherty & Company LLC to lead the financing portion of our North Campus Project. Our approach includes developing tax-exempt bonds that will give us the capital necessary to construct our dream campus. It is important for us to allow as much local participation as possible. Dougherty will be leading community meetings to discuss those details.
While working through the financing, our initial plans have been turned into the Health Department and City of Bismarck for permitting and review. We are excited to be at this stage of development and things are progressing along nicely. Additional community meetings will be planned to review the status of the project and allow for discussion.
We ask your prayers to guide us through the many moving parts of this project. Prayers to keep the team members involved with the project healthy and focused. Prayers for the residents, tenants, and employees of Missouri Slope!
August 31, 2018 – Updates
Missouri Slope has conducted a series of 8 Stakeholder meetings with Staff, Residents, Tenants, Family Members, Corporate Members, Neighbors/Community Members, and Board Members.
Our design features four buildings: Skilled Nursing, Basic care, Independent Living, and a Town Center. Our next steps include working with our accountant and finance teams. We hope to have additional information on the financing packages,including an eventual Request For Proposal, in the near future. Please check back for further updates.
Timeline & Progression of the Project
December 1, 2017 – North Campus Project Announcement
Starting with our Strategic Planning Session of 2014, Missouri Slope identified the need to have more private rooms, better parking, and additional services that the community desperately needs such as Child Day Care. Our existing campus has been operating for 50+ years and is in need of many upgrades/updating to remain attractive and competitive for the next 50+ years. We want to “Re-Invent” the existing campus which would require major remodeling. Since our community has such full occupancy and increasing demand, we felt it would be unwise to temporarily take hundreds of beds out of service in order to achieve the extensive remodel. In order to achieve our dreams and keep services running in the community, we would need to build a second campus.
In 2017, Missouri Slope acquired an 18 acre property in North Bismarck known as the Good Shepherd North Addition. A 16,000 square foot building was erected on the property in 2005 by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Bismarck for use as a family and day care center. Changing economics forced the dismissal of Good Shepherd’s dream for their North Addition and they had to sell the property. Ten years later, the property was still looking for an owner to develop the property in a way that fits the neighborhood’s and greater community’s needs. Missouri Slope was able to connect with the City Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council, and the neighbors of the property to discuss plans for a future healthcare campus. All parties were very receptive to the idea and wanted to see the process move forward.
In October, 2017, the Missouri Slope Governing Board and Leadership teams interviewed and selected the firms of Roers Construction and Pope Architects for the project. Early project milestones include the completion of a Market Analysis that shows an increasing demand for Senior Healthcare Services such as Skilled Nursing, Basic Care, Memory Care, Assisted Living, and Independent Living. We have also signed a contract to complete a feasibility study on our existing campus. We feel that both sites will be needed to meet the needs of our community and the planning should be done together.
Next steps for the project will be establishing a timeline to include stakeholder meetings with our employees, our residents/tenants, our corporate church members, the neighborhood, and other interested parties. We are in the process of running financial projections that will help us learn how much fundraising will be necessary for the project. We intend to update this site as new information is available. Please be sure to check back often and feel free to send us your questions, comments, and suggestions via the upcoming stakeholder meetings.
Finally, we ask you to consider us in your thoughts and prayers. Just as members of this community did over 50 years ago when Missouri Slope was created, we will need all the help we can get. This project is very much a call and testament to our mission of Enriching Life and meeting the needs of our community. God bless you!