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  • The Non-Profit Center wins award
  • The Non-Profit Center in Enid was a winner of a recent Oklahoma Main Street Award.
    The Non-Profit Center received the award for best adaptive reuse project in the economic restructuring division. The center also was among the top three entries in best building/ business signage. Enid also was named one of the top 10 Main Street communities. The awards were presented Tuesday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City........read the full story




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  • CDSA prepares for moving day
  • Volunteers from AdvancePierre Foods donated their time Friday to help Community Development Support Association prepare the new downtown Enid nonprofit center. CDSA Executive Director Cheri Ezzell said the nonprofit center will be ready for organizations to move in the week of Aug. 20, bringing to close a process of more than six years to create the facility........read the full story
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  • Enid's YouthBuild program is good for our young adults
  • Enid's YouthBuild program continues to do good things. The program, operated by Community Development Support Association, is for people 16 to 24. YouthBuild targets school dropouts, who also are part of at-risk programs, foster children or foster children who are "aged out" and youthful offenders........read the full story
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  • A CDSA dream to house non-profits becoming reality
  • Cheri Ezzell's master plan. A CDSA dream to house non-profits becoming reality. A center to house Enid's non-profit organizations in one location started out as Cheri Ezzell's master's thesis idea in 2006. Today, it is becoming a reality, as Community Development Support Association prepares to relocate its offices to downtown Enid in August and open its doors to others in the community........read the full story
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  • CDSA's YouthBuild program works on green competition
  • Community Development Support Association's YouthBuild program is working on a green competition using reclaimed materials as part of its emphasis on reusable materials. In the competition, students of YouthBuild take discarded material and use them to build something useful without wasting materials. YouthBuild is a national community program for low-income youths........read the full story
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  • Vance, CDSA join for literacy
  • All that was needed Friday was a red carpet at Vance Air Force Base for the premiere of a local initiative's promotional video. One For Enid is a project of Community Development Support Association's Smart Start program, geared toward supporting early reading for children attending preschool through second grade at Enid and area schools........read the full story
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  • CDSA to celebrate 32nd birthday Jan. 22
  • A birthday of sorts is coming up in Enid next month, when Community Development Support Association turns 32 years old Jan. 22. CDSA, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, was formed from a sociology class taught by Gary Thielen at Phillips University in 1979. Current Executive Director Cheri Ezzell said Thielen was talking with students about local groups.......read the full story
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  • CDSA gives Henson Construction nod for its downtown center
  • Henson Construction has been selected as contractor for Community Development Support Association's new headquarters and nonprofit center in downtown Enid.
    Henson was chosen Tuesday from among three bids, two local and one from out of town, during a special meeting of the CDSA board.
    Cheri Ezzell, CDSA executive director, declined to say how much the bid was for, but said CDSA will be able to do the entire project, furnish the building and fund its maintenance reserve, as was promised during its funding drive.
    CDSA completed a $2.5 million fund drive to renovate the old Newman's Department Store building downtown. Completion of the work is set for July 31, 2012.
    "We're pleased with the quality of bids we received and are looking forward to the completion of this project," said Jason Turnbow, building committee chairman.
    When complete, the building will become a nonprofit center, where organizations can work together and share resources. Ezzell said the centralized location will provide for easier access to service and be a model for nonprofit cooperation. Ezzell expects to have all the spaces full by the time the building is complete.
    "We are grateful to the hundreds of donors who helped us reach this place of success. Now, we will finish this project and realize the vision of many people who have worked tirelessly for the past several years," she said.
    Ken Corbin is the architect for the project.
    CDSA purchased the building with funds it had saved. Saving the money took careful planning and a long time, Ezzell said. The nonprofit receives money from federal and state grants and is a member of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. This year, CDSA has a $3 million budget.
    Work on the Newman's building mostly has been internal to date, with tasks such as removing hazardous material, including asbestos and lead-based paint. The primary cost of the renovation will be updating the electrical system, which has not been updated since the building was constructed, Ezzell said.
    When upgraded, the building will become an open-office complex that will serve CDSA and other nonprofits that lease space. Ezzell said there are three organizations now on board to lease space, and others are to come. She is talking to other groups and expects to have about 10 nonprofits in the building.
    "I think the shared space and services - like reception, phone systems - will cut costs of operation for us so we can be more efficient, more self-sufficient and our location will make it easier to serve," she said.
    The renovation will take the largest vacant building in downtown Enid and bring it back to life, and in turn bring more people downtown who will use other downtown businesses, Ezzell said. She thinks the nonprofit center will be good for the downtown area.
    One of the largest groups to use space in the building will be Enid Early Childhood Center, which serves children at ages when the greatest impact can be made, Ezzell said. She said when an impact is made on people during the early developmental stage of their lives, they have a better chance to grow up to be better people.
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  • Landing a leap of faith
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  • CDSA Reaches Goal!!!
  • CDSA's $2.5 million nonprofit center renovation project objective reached.
    A leap of faith by Community Development Support Association's board of directors has turned into a major renovation project for downtown Enid. CDSA officials announced Tuesday they have met their $2.5 million goal for renovation of the former Newman's Department Store building into a nonprofit center and a center for early childhood resources. Executive Director Cheri Ezzell met with the board early Tuesday and informed members the goal has been met. Architect Ken Corbin was present at the board meeting to provide information about the timeline for the completion of the renovation. He expects plans to be complete by the end of October, and the project could take eight to ten months for completion.
    The feasibility drive began in November 2008, Ezzell said. The capital campaign began in June 2009. The object of the drive recently was to raise enough local money to meet challenge grants by the Mabee Foundation and the Inasmuch Foundation.
    "They now come in with their gift, and we will have the money needed to complete the project," Ezzell said. The plan for the building is to keep it as an open floor plan and not cut it up into offices, Ezzell said. There is sufficient space for the entire CDSA staff, plus as many as eight other offices, depending on size. Some primary work has been done, such as removing asbestos, replacing most of the windows and some bathroom renovations. There is still a large amount of electrical, heat and air and infrastructure work to do, she said.
    "The plans are 90 percent complete by the architect. When that is complete we will go about selecting the general contractor," Ezzell said.
    She hopes construction will be started by January.
    "This has been a real learning process," Ezzell said.
    Ezzell wrote her master's thesis on nonprofit centers, researching around the country to see what they did and how they help communities grow. The board approved of the idea and was willing to match with its own contributions and some of its own resources.
    "The board bought the building before we had the money to renovate it. It was a real leap of faith," she said.
    Board member Brad Blankenship, president of Security National Bank, said the community always has been extremely generous, and he is in awe of the community generosity for deserving projects.
    "Everyone involved is to be commended, and more importantly the community of Enid and surrounding communities who helped," Blankenship said.
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  • CDSA's Smart Start trains parents, kids how to
  • Parents and their children learned Thursday how to make tasty snacks that are good for them, too. Participants in the Parents As Teachers Program received training in the new Healthy Eating campaign launched by Smart Start, a service of Community Development Support Association.......read the full story
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  • Sidewalk Superintendent certificates to help finish
  • Cheri Ezzell is renewing an old idea in her quest to finish up fundraising for the former Newman's building, which will become a downtown nonprofit center. The Sidewalk Superintendent idea was conceived by the late Heinie Bass of Bass Construction, when the Newman's building was reconstructed in 1942 following a fire.......read the full story
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  • Cheri Ezzell is ready for the fundraising drive
  • Cheri Ezzell is ready for the fundraising drive to renovate the old Newman's building downtown to be complete so the project to create a one-stop non-profit center can move forward. Only $103,000 is needed to complete the Community Development Support Association drive to raise $2.5 million to renovate the downtown Enid building......read the full story
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  • CDSA started in 1980 with no money, no staff
  • Community Development Support Association was started in 1980 by a Phillips University professor, Gary Theilen, and others who were interested in community planning. Theilen taught sociology at Phillips, and along with the others started CDSA with no money and no staff. Today, CDSA has 40 employees, a $3 million budget and administers 15 community programs......read the full story
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  • CDSA celebrates year of growth
  • Community Development Support Association celebrated a year of success and growth during its annual meeting Tuesday evening. The meeting, held at the CDSA branch office, highlighted the work of the board of directors and staff as they strive to improve the Enid community....read the full story
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  • Boosting CDSA: Every dollar matched
  • Community Development Support Association received a boost Friday in its Building Potential Campaign from Enid oilman Lew Ward. Ward announced Friday he had established a $10,000 matching fund to encourage local donations for CDSA, which is working to turn the former Newman's Department Store building downtown into a nonprofit resource center and early childhood resource center....read the full story
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  • CDSA looks to cross fundraising finish line
  • For a couple of years now, local organizers have been raising money to turn the former Newman's Department Store building in downtown Enid into a nonprofit resource center and early childhood resource center. Now, it's time to cross the fundraising finish line, said Cheri Ezzell, executive director of Community Development Support Association, which has taken the lead in developing the center....read the full story
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  • Labor Dept.'s $900,000 grant to YouthBuild a solid use of government money
  • In a society where so many of our youth are at risk, it is important for programs like YouthBuild to receive support. We are extremely fortunate Enid's YouthBuild program has received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Labor Department. Community Development Support Association (CDSA) operates YouthBuild for Enid, and this funding helps it continue its good work for three more years....read the full story
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  • Feds award YouthBuild $900k
  • An alternative education program in Enid designed for young adults got a $900,000 boost from the U.S. Labor Department. YouthBuild, operated by Community Development Support Association since 2009, now is funded for about three more years thanks to the grant, said CDSA Executive Director Cheri Ezzell. YouthBuild works with people ages 16 to 24....read the full story
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  • CDSA Awarded Challenge Grant
  • A $250,000 Inasmuch Foundation grant has been awarded to Community Development Support Association for redevelopment of the former Newman's Department Store in downtown Enid as a nonprofit center.
    The announcement was made Monday. CDSA already has begun to restore the old department store on South Independence to create a nonprofit center and a center for early childhood resources....read the full story
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  • CDSA seeks Enid community's help to secure grant
  • The Mabee Foundation has issued a $320,000 challenge grant to Community Development Support Association, challenging the Enid group to raise the remainder of the $2.9 million needed to finish a nonprofit center project....read the full story
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  • Gifts in Kind
  • The nonprofit center will be better furnished that we thought thanks to a wonderful gift from Gifts in Kind International. CDSA received a truck load of fine furniture for use in the nonprofit center. Gifts in Kind distributes surplus goods to nonprofit agencies. CDSA only had to pay the cost of shipping and received furniture valued at over $100,000. The gift totals 70 pieces, mostly dark wood, but some light and other odd pieces, but all very good quality. We are also very appreciative of YouthBuild volunteers who helped unload the truck!
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  • Zarrow Foundation
  • Enid-CDSA has received a notice of a $100,000 gift today from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation to support the creation of the nonprofit center in downtown Enid....
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  • Bank of America Foundation
  • The Bank of America Foundation, Inc. announced a grant to Community Development Support Association (CDSA), in the amount of $20,000.00. This grant is to be used to support self-sufficiency programs offered by CDSA....
 
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