Plantation Community Foundation
Our Mother’s House receives grant
Venice—For the third year in a row, Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities was awarded a grant from the Plantation Community Foundation. A total of $2,612 was given to the agency to cover the costs of printing a newsletter.
“Without this grant, they would just have to do without,” said Peggy Hinton, a member of the Grant Review Committee for the foundation. “I believe in the mission of Our Mother’s House,” she said. “It is very important to inform volunteers, donors and supporters about what is happening at the program.”
Last year, a grant was given for four new computers, software and a printer, and the previous year for a new playground for the children who reside at the facility.
The foundation recently honored 32 local non-profits at a Grant Appreciation Luncheon held at the Manor Restaurant at the Plantation Golf and Country Club. At the event, themed “Making A Difference,” grants totaling almost $110,000 were given to attendees.
According to Jim Neal, Chair of the Grant Committee, nearly $2 million has been awarded to local charities in South Sarasota County since 1988. “This was all started by a small group of people who were retired and wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Neal said. Today, the Plantation Community Foundation raises money through several annual events such as celebrity and pro-member golf tournament, a fashion show, the Royal Ride, a tent sale and a tour of homes.
Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities is a residential program for single mothers and their children who are at risk of becoming homeless. The mothers work to achieve self-sufficiency through education, vocational training and personal growth while living at the facility. On-site childcare is provided, while the mothers attend school, life skills classes, or go to work.
For more information about Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities or to volunteer in the child care center, please call the program at 941-485-6264.
Photo: Our Mother's House of Catholic Charities Program Director Joyce Scott (right) receives a grant from Peggy Hinton, a member of the Grant Review Committee of the Plantation Community Foundation, at the foundation's Grant Appreciation Luncheon.