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Holy Assumption Monastery is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Monastery, please mail a check to the address above and add to the Check memo: "General Donation".

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About: St. Nicholas House Building Project
Target 2021 St Nicholas House - $235,000.00
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

Thanks to many wonderful, generous donors, we finished 2020 with $265,000 in our St. Nicholas House fund! That is a quarter of the total campaign for $1 million. Our next goal is to hit the halfway mark of $500,000, so that we can apply for a loan that will speed up our building timeline.

Thus, our goal for 2021 is to raise an additional $235,000!

This is an ambitious target, but with God, all things are possible. Every donation is important, so please join us today by making a gift towards the new St. Nicholas House!

$235,267.34 raised of $235,000.00
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Recent Donations
$24.0109/04/2021 @ 8:32am
$96.9508/16/2021 @ 4:53am
$335.0008/05/2021 @ 11:33am
$2,500.0008/05/2021 @ 11:33am
$100.0008/02/2021 @ 11:32am
Cost & Planning Details

The 2 story building will be 2720 square feet.

Our cost estimate of $1 million is based on $300-$350 per square foot.  

($300 x 2720 = $816,000 ; $350 x 2720 = $952,000) .  This website shows some details of calculating building costs, and a "standard" home in California is tagged at $250/sq. ft.

Factors that raise our cost per square foot above the California average:

  • The building will be elevated due to proximity to the Napa River.
  • It will have a fire sprinkler system (mandatory).
  • It will have a small elevator (for handicap access to 2nd floor + transportation of groceries/kitchen supplies).
  • It will include two wheelchair ramps.
  • Windows and doors will be energy efficient and durable, rather than "cheapest available" (higher upfront cost, but long-term savings).
  • Exterior finishing matching Main House will be mixture of hardwood & shingles--more expensive than low-cost siding, but important for harmonizing the existing and new buildings.
  • Material and labor costs in the Bay Area have increased dramatically in the past two years because of ongoing rebuilding in the aftermath of local fires. We should expect cost/sq. ft. to be higher here than the general California average.

Local general contractor Paul Coates, a generous friend of our monastery, assisted by Thomas Stimpert, architect, have given of their time and skill over the last year to develop the plans for this building, and are committed to minimizing costs without sacrificing quality throughout the building process.

Mailing Address
Holy Assumption Monastery
1519 Washington Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
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We've raised
Our Goal
Target 2021 St Nicholas House - $235,000.00
Thank You, May 2021 Donors!
Thank You, NVCF!

The sisters are very grateful to the Lambert Family Fund and an anonymous donor of the Napa Valley Community Foundation for their grants to the St. Nicholas House Campaign! The Lambert Family Fund contributed $1000, and the anonymous donor $50,000.

Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) works side-by-side with local donors and nonprofits to tackle the most important challenges our Valley faces.  Now celebrating 25 years of service to the community, the foundation has distributed more than $50 million in grants to improve the quality of life for residents of the region, and currently serves as the philanthropic partner to thousands of individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and corporations in Napa Valley and beyond. For more information, visit or call 707.254.9565.

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Holy Assumption Monastery
1519 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515

(707) 942-6244