In the longest recession in America’s history the Lincoln City City Council continues to lend a helping hand to children and families that are always a paycheck away from homelessness or who are already there. Also, low income seniors, agencies that feed the hungry, those who help victims of domestic violence put their lives back together and more.
Here’s the breakdown of how the $46,000 was offered by the city:
Angels Anonymous – $4,250, B’Nai B’Rith Camp – $1,000, Boss Program at Taft High – $1,000, CASA – $2,500, CSC Head Start – $1,000, Lincoln City Food Pantry – $10,000, Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center – $5,000, My Sisters Place – $12,000, North End Senior Solutions – $2,000, Oregon Coast Children’s Theater and Youth Art Center – $500, Oregon Coast Community College Foundation – $1,000, Retired & Senior Volunteers – $2,750, Samaritan Early Learning Center – $3,000.
Total requests for funding from local area groups and agencies totalled over $65,000. They had to pare it down to an even $46,000 to stay with an established budget. Some groups got less than they did last year, some got more, some got nothing. A subcommittee of the council and a few others said they labored heavily to award the money in areas where the need was greatest. They said the reason that the rising star of helping homeless families “Family Promise” was not awarded funds is that their non-profit status was not established at the time the applications were due and so they failed to qualify. Councilors said that next year’s outside agency request program might be kinder to them because they’ll be a bonafide non-profit. Family Promise has been working tirelessly to bring the faith community together to provide critically needed help to Lincoln County’s growing number of homeless families, especially those with children.
However, Family Promise announced that they had won the hearts of a Lincoln City business family, Debbie and Don Williams and something wonderful was happening as a result. Debbie Williams was on hand to be congratulated by the council for purchasing the old Taft Fire Hall and were proceeding to turn it into a kitchen and banquet facility as well as meeting space for fledgling churches. Williams said she and her husband are renovating the building and that a large part of it will be used by Family Promise for their north county programs. Rent will be a dollar a month. The council expressed their gratitude for the generosity shown by Don and Debbie Williams.