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County receives money for emergency programs
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Posted: 2012 Oct 12 - 01:12

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St. Lucie County has been chosen to receive $156,437 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

In the past five years, more than $1million has come to the county through the emergency food and shelter program.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America.

The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The board is chaired by Cris Adams, vice president of community impact for the United Way of St. Lucie County, and is comprised of members representing the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Mustard Seed Ministries, Port St. Lucie First United Methodist Church, St. Lucie County Community Services and two members at large, one of whom is a former homeless person.

They are charged with distributing the allocated funds among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local nonprofit organizations. The St. Lucie County local board has determined this year's focus to be rent and utility assistance with a secondary focus on food.

The programs that received funding for this phase are as follows: Mustard Seed Ministries, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and Children's Home Society for rent, mortgage and energy assistance programs; Safe Space and the Homeless Family Center for their mass shelter program and St. Vincent de Paul Society, Faith Congregational Church, Sarah's Kitchen and Save Our Children for their food programs.

The board's plan will be submitted to the national board for approval. Funding will be distributed to local recipient organizations within one month of review by the national board. Funds must be expended by Dec. 31.

For more information, call (772) 464-5300 or visit www.unitedwayslc.org.

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