Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced $425,000 in one-time grant awards to help two nonprofit community projects.
Funds will support construction of an emergency family shelter, a project of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs as well as support the development of a heritage center being established by the African American Resources – Cultural and Heritage Society of Frederick.
From the County press release:
“Frederick County is a caring community, committed to making life better for people,” Executive Gardner said. “After a multi-year effort to sell surplus county property to support these worthy projects, I am pleased to make this support a reality. The family shelter will help to keep families together, provide stability, and reduce the stress on our community’s children so they can thrive. The heritage center will help us to learn about our past, recognize the contribution of Blacks in Frederick County, and guide us as we work to move forward to shape a bright future for everyone.”
The Religious Coalition received $375,000 for the Emergency Family Shelter on Hayward Road in the City of Frederick. “With the vital investment by the County and generous donors in our community, the establishment of a new emergency family shelter program is becoming a reality,” said Religious Coalition Executive Director Nick Brown. “With this new shelter we can keep families together and work towards our ultimate goal – returning families to permanent housing.”
AARCH’s grant for $50,000 will help fund a Heritage Center on Carroll Street in Frederick. “AARCH greatly appreciates the opportunity to partner with County Executive Jan Gardner and the County Council as we move forward with development of the African American Heritage Center,” said AARCH President David Key. “We look forward to providing an understanding of the significant contributions African Americans have made in Frederick County’s history.”
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