O'Neal Helps Provide Elevator at Shepherd's Gate
GSA Daily Staff Report Published Nov. 23, 2010 O'Neal Inc. recently completed construction and installation of a new elevator for the Miracle Hill Shepherd's Gate shelter. "O'Neal was pleased to help Miracle Hill with the Shepherd's Gate project," said Brian Gallagher, O'Neal's director of marketing. "The team at Shepherd's Gate does a tremendous job helping people in our community." O'Neal, a Greenville-based integrated engineering and construction firm, donated engineering, planning and construction services to get the elevator in operation. Donors contributed more than $200,000 for the elevator project to provide a subcontractor and material costs. Shepherd's Gate, an outreach of Miracle Hill Ministries, exists so the neediest women in the Greenville area have a safe haven in which their emotional and physical needs are met. For more than 15 years, Shepherd's Gate has served hundreds of women each year, officials said. But until recently the facility was not available to the neediest of women, Shepherd's Gate said. Those in wheelchairs and on crutches could not be served, because the building's three separate floors require clients to travel between levels for sleeping, counseling, eating and to do laundry. "Although sufficient funds had been donated to purchase the materials needed to add an elevator, this new addition would not be possible without O'Neal's donation of engineering, planning and construction services for this project," said Reid Lehman, president and CEO for Miracle Hill Ministries. "O'Neal's generous leadership gift will have a transformative effect on the building. What's more important is that their investment will equip the building to welcome and serve the handicapped for years to come," Lehman said. Shepherd's Gate became part of Miracle Hill in 1993. On the first evening, a baby boy was born to a woman staying in the shelter, christening Shepherd's Gate as a place of hope for women in dire need across the Upstate. Women are part of the fastest growing group in the homeless population, Shepherd's Gate officials said. O'Neal, founded in 1975, has approximately 200 employees and is headquartered in Greenville with additional offices in Atlanta and Raleigh, N.C.