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10 Allen County non-profits can help more resident with help of grant

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Ten non-profits will be able to serve Allen County residents better thanks to a federal grant.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Thursday 10 local non-profits that will receive some of the $360,000 available in the federal Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city. The grant’s purpose is to help low and moderate-income residents with shelter, basic needs, employment skills and youth development.

“It’s important for our community to work together to make a meaningful difference for individuals and families in need of opportunities for a better future,” said Henry.

The following non-profits will recieve grants:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne‘s Passport to Manhood, is a mentoring program for at-risk boys and young men
  • BrightPoint, a program providing translation services for immigrants and refugees
  • Catholic Charities, a program to mentor families living in shelters
  • Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, a resource coordinator for families in need of shelter
  • Literacy Alliance, a program providing instruction for adults whose reading level measures below fifth grade
  • Lutheran Social Services, a program that provides comprehensive training and coaching for unemployed or underemployed people
  • Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana‘s Wellness Recovery Action Plan, a program helping individuals living in permanent supportive and transitional housing manage mental illness and/or addiction
  • SCAN (Courtyard Services for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care), a program supporting an overnight case manager to provide life skills training to Courtyard residents
  • Wellspring, a food bank and clothing shop
  • YWCA, employment services to empower homeless people living in transitional or crisis shelters

Non-profits wanting to receive a grant must fill out an application. A committee of social service professionals score the applications and give a recommendation on where the funding should go.

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