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Catholic Charities Awarded $50,000 Grant to Create a Safe Haven at the Samaritan Center

Catholic Charities is grateful for a recent $50,000 grant award from the John's Island Foundation to help with repairs to the parking lot at the Samaritan Center, a housing facility in Vero Beach that serves families transitioning from homelessness to stable housing.  This award will exclusively cover the cost of the architectural plan that will make it possible for Catholic Charities to break ground on the parking lot replacement project.  The safety of the Samaritan Center residents is central to our purpose at Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities CEO, Dr. Ellen Wayne says “we appreciate the John’s Island Foundation for working with us to understand how important this capital improvement is to the safety and well-being of our residents and the program in general.  This investment will help assure that Catholic Charities can safely continue to welcome homeless families into the Samaritan Center for years to come”

Catholic Charities Samaritan Center is a transitional housing program serving homeless families who reside in Indian River County. The Samaritan Center is solidly grounded and deeply rooted in the Indian River Community. The program is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week with dedicated professionals who provide not only a safe haven, but necessary life skills development. The goal is to build their self-sufficiency and a nest egg so they can successfully maintain stable housing after graduating the program.

The John’s Island Foundation provides grant funding for capital needs to nonprofit agencies that serve residents in Indian River County. Agencies eligible for funding are those that serve people in need and whose programs are directed toward meeting needs or assisting with issues related to food, shelter, disabilities, health, aging, abuse or children’s education.

In a letter from the Foundation from Frances Cramb and Theresa Kilman, VP  Grant Chairs, they conclude: "The John’s Island Foundation wishes you well as you seek to fulfill your mission and to improve the quality of life for those in need in Indian River County."