To support services for abused women in Grant County, Indiana.
The Grant County Rescue Mission has been in operation since 1986. It began as a project to help men, women, and children who are struggling to find a safe place to stay and has since transformed into providing more than just shelter. The Rescue Mission provides hot, nutritious meals, clothing, and other essential items that have been donated by members of the community.
The Open-Heart Women’s Shelter, a product of the Rescue Mission, was in dire need of repairs and updates. The women’s shelter offers safety and rehabilitation to women and children who have come on hard times. Having a safe and clean facility is the backbone of making that goal a reality, and thanks to a grant provided by the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc., that goal can be put into motion through renovations of the shelter.
The goal of the Grant County Rescue Mission is to offer life-changing hope through the restoring power of Jesus by giving the homeless a safe place to stay, which will produce a more effective form of ministry. This goal is one that the Community Foundation can firmly get behind because it promotes the advancement of Grant County by getting homeless off the streets and assimilating them back into the community. This plan has long term implications for creating more productive citizens, which can only help the community to thrive.
The Women’s Shelter needed the flooring redone. Before it was fixed, the floors were damaged in some areas and made of different textures in others. It was incredibly outdated and posed a danger to any resident that may have health concerns that require them to have assistance in getting around. To help fix the issue, the Community Foundation provided $10,000 in grants through three separate funds, the Anna Mae Harrison Fund, Young Women’s Endowed Fund, and Peter G. Flinn Charitable Endowment Fund.
The funds provided have made a huge impact on the shelter and its residents. They feel more appreciated and valued at having a facility that cares for their needs in all aspects and wants to provide a safe living environment.
Linda Johnson, who runs the day to day operations, was excited to have this goal accomplished, stating, “The flooring has improved the way we are able to care for the residents.”
Thanks to the grants provided by the Foundation, the women’s shelter is better able to serve their residents. In 2018, Open-Heart served over 4,000 hot meals and provided 2,000 nights of shelter.
The Anna Mae Harrison Fund has also impacted Grant County through grants given to the following organizations:
- Charitable Causes for Abused Women
- Family Service Society, Inc. – Hands of Hope