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Fresh Start Emergency Overnight Warming Center Receives Grant from Avista Foundation
Third quarter 2013 foundation grants total $8,500 to organizations in Washington and Idaho

Sept. 4, 2013: Winter nights can be bitterly cold in Kootenai County, Idaho. For those who are homeless or near-homeless, the respite of a warm bed, a shower and some nourishing food on such a night can make a significant difference. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $1,500 to Fresh Start, Inc. to help fund the Emergency Overnight Warming Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
 
“As the only warming center in our community, Fresh Start will serve more than 1,500 bed-nights over the 60 or so days we will be open this coming winter,” said Howard Martinson, executive director of Fresh Start. “The support from the Avista Foundation is an important part of our being able to continue to provide this vital, unduplicated service for those in our community.”
 
“With fewer public resources available to help those who are homeless or low income, programs like Fresh Start bring private resources together in ways that strengthen the safety net of services people need to succeed,” said Patty Shea, Avista regional business manager for North Idaho. “Working together with other community organizations, we are bridging the gaps left by funding cut-backs and an increasing need for services.”
 
For the third quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $8,500 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory.
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
Hydro Research Foundation
Evergreen Colorado
Hydro Fellowship Program – WSU student
$4,500
Operation Healthy Family
Spokane, Wash.
Reactor Nation – Anti-bullying Program
$ 1,500
Fresh Start
Coeur d’Alene, ID.
 
Emergency Overnight Warming Center
 
$ 1,500
Palouse Audubon Society
Moscow, Idaho
Wetland Boardwalk Project
$1,000
 
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.
 

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