‘1601 At the Core of Community’ – A Historic Downtown Building Remodel is Beginning


JOPLIN, Mo. — The Alliance of Southwest Missouri is relaunching their capital campaign – 1601 At the Core of Community. They will be remodeling the historic building located at 1601 S. Wall Avenue. The nonprofit organization is looking to raise $25,000 by the end-of-year for seed money for Phase 3 of the project.

The building was built in 1906 and was donated to The Alliance in 2019 after remaining vacant for a few years. The project will cost $1.5 million and will completely renovate the building. It will utilize and add rooms that benefit the community, like an event center, office spaces, childcare rooms, and kitchen.

“We kicked off our capital campaign in December 2019 and then Covid.” says Jen Black, Executive, Director “Due to the global severity and financial impact of the pandemic, we chose to stop our full-fledged fundraising plan.

Since 2019, The Alliance has completed Phase I, which moved all staff into the administrative part of the building. Phase 2 will begin in Spring 2022 and fix the exterior issues, get new windows, add a new lift for ADA accessibility, and more. Phase 3, which they are currently raising funds for, will address the basement and add important rooms and space tor their programs, including childcare rooms, a meeting hall, additional office space, and a commercial kitchen.


Kaylea Furgerson, Director of Community Relations, says, “This is an excellent opportunity to give back and see the dollars you donate directly impact your community. It will help The Alliance run their programs more efficiently and help other nonprofits grow and serve the area in wavs we do not.

If you would like to donate or learn more about 1601 At the Core of Community, please visit www.theallianceofswmo.org.