Did you know that in the 2,889 households assisted by the Presbyterian Community Center last year there were 1,692 children? The safety and welfare of at-risk children is a priority for our mission. A special fund subsidized by a $10,000 grant from The Edgar A. Thurman Charitable Foundation for Children allows us to supplement available financial aid for families with children in the home. The Thurman Foundation has been a valued partner for many years in our work to prevent homelessness for the most vulnerable members of our families.
With summer just around the corner, we are busily planning six weeks of programming for our Pathways for Youth students. Additionally, each child will have the opportunity to participate in a journey of faith at Camp Peaks, Massanetta Springs or Montreat.
With children home from school, summer also brings the greatest demand for food in the PCC pantry. In addition to sustaining Hunger Buster collections, this year we will meet the need to feed our children with a $5,000 grant from The Hope Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia. This funding is for the specific purpose of purchasing food for busy summer months.
Among the many blessings received by our mission, each day at the Presbyterian Community Center presents an opportunity to change a child’s life for the better. Thank you for your support of this important work.
Karen McNally, Executive Director