Thursday, June 9, 2005

Homeless shelter gets boost

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The final check in a double-match pledge by employees of Alliance HealthCare System and Williams Medical Clinic and the two employers was recently presented to New Hope Village homeless shelter.

The total matching funds raised by the hospital and clinic from December 2004 until April 15, 2005, came to $20,000.

Community fundraisers helped raise the $10,000 necessary to get this double-match.

Sr. Mary Ann Grausam, chairman of the board of directors for Marshall County Community Development Corporation that oversees the shelter, said, “This helped the organization to keep afloat because we did not have a sustaining grant last year.”

Linda Turner, executive director for Alliance Charitable Foundation, explained why the hospital and clinic partnered in this way.

“We didn’t just want to make a cash gift,” she said. “We wanted them to get broad-based community support and we think they did. We wanted to see the project as a model and we think it thrived.”

“This is a project where employees approached management and management agreed,” said Perry Williams, hospital administrator.

The shelter currently has 19 residents, nine children and 10 adults.


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