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St. Vincent de Paul H.E.L.P. Center Receives Support for Needy in Coeur d’Alene
Avista Foundation $5,000 grant supports Idaho’s first-of-a-kind, one-stop location for help

 

The St. Vincent de Paul H.E.L.P. (Helping Empower Local People) Center, located in the former Coeur d’Alene Library Building, is a single source of help to the area’s low income and homeless. The first-of-its kind in Idaho pilot project is a one-stop location for meals, job and life skills training, legal counseling, child and family advocacy services, parenting classes and more. The Avista Foundation has made a $5,000 donation to support the program, as part of the first quarter 2010 round of grant making,

 

“The H.E.L.P. program is a great collaboration of state agencies, the city of Coeur d’Alene and other non-profits that brings vital services together in one place to help some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community,” said Jeff Conroy, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “The services we’re able to provide help others to help themselves. This fits well with Coeur d’Alene’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.”

 

“There is an increasing need for assistance in our community, especially due to the current economic climate. As a community partner, we’re pleased to be able to help support such a worthy organization provide services to help residents meet basic needs and work toward financial stability,” said Patty Shea, Avista’s regional business manager for the Coeur d’Alene area.

 

For more information about the St. Vincent de Paul’s H.E.L.P. Program, visit http://stvincentdepaulcda.org/c5/help.

 

Avista Foundation’s First Quarter 2010 Grants

 

Recipient

Location

Grant

Purpose

St. Vincent de Paul

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

$5,000

Low income, homeless services

Mid-City Concerns

Spokane WA

$3,500

Senior meals program

 

Lilac Services for the Blind

Spokane, WA

$2,140

Building improvement

 

Olive Crest

Spokane, WA

$2,000

At-risk youth mentoring program

Community Frameworks

Spokane, WA

$1,500

Equipment

Center Pointe

Spokane, WA

$500

Art program for developmentally disabled clients

 

 

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 ratepayers.

 

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