Zachariah’s Acres breaks ground on barn

Zachariah’s Acres celebrated the groundbreaking of Zachariah’s Acres Barn on Thursday while also celebrating progress made on Phase I-A of its capital campaign.

The Oconomowoc-based nonprofit serves children with special needs and their families by hosting events, activities and recreation on its acres of natural land.

The organization’s barn, located on its Oconomowoc grounds, will act as a multi-purpose building, housing space for workshops, crafts and learning opportunities. The barn will hold up to 50 individuals at once.

Outdoors, the barn will feature an attached, open-air pavilion that can accommodate 90 people. The pavilion will primarily serve as a setting for special events designed for children with special needs and their families.

The barn represents the last element of Phase I-A of the nonprofit organization’s capital campaign, which so far has collected $550,000. A portion of the funds have gone toward improvements to the nonprofit’s site, including attention to public road utilities, well, septic, private drive and parking lot.

The barn is expected to be ready for use this fall and will complete Phase I-A. An additional fundraising push will propel the overall capital campaign to $1 million.

“We at Zachariah’s Acres are excited to serve our special needs constituents more frequently because of our Phase 1-A development,” said Terry Bartowitz, president of the nonprofit. “Our multi-purpose barn will also allow us to further engage the community. On behalf of Zachariah’s Acres, thank you to the volunteers, businesses, nonprofit partners, churches and foundations who have helped provide accessibility, inclusion, recreation and learning opportunities for our very special guests.”

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