Son-Shine Outreach receives grant

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Son-Shine Outreach Center in Madisonville was selected to receive a Community Impact Grant from the United Way of the Brazos Valley in the amount of $10,000 annually for the next two years.

The Son-Shine Outreach Center is a food pantry and family assistance program located at 320 North May Street in Madisonville. They provide utility assistance to families in a crisis and allow clients to use the service twice a year for two years in a row maximum. They will make allowances for special circumstances and also collaborate with others to pay a bill.

The Center has been active in Madisonville since it was founded in 1984. It began in a closet in the United Methodist Church before they began to grow.

“We typically serve about a thousand clients per month,” said the Center’s Coordinator Lisa Wamsley. “We help with food, utilities, rent, medical prescriptions and expenses. We are sort of a one-stop shop here in Madison County because there really is not another organization like ours. You never really know what the need is, but we are here to answer that need.”

Through Community Impact Grants, United Way of the Brazos Valley is investing over $325,000 in 2018-2020 to support programs demonstrating measurable impacts in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

“The grant we are receiving through United Way helps us with utilities,” said Wamsley. “We fund utility bills for people who have found themselves in a crisis through no fault of their own. We step in before any more penalties can be placed on them and pay that bill. We try to do this twice a year, it is a one-time, crisis intervention, we are not a monthly budget. We want to help guide them through that crisis situation so that they can get on with their lives.”

United Way of the Brazos Valley believes in the power of community and working together to create a greater impact. They strive to help people learn, grow, aspire and live their best lives. More than 5,000 donors, advocates and volunteers are already involved and more are always welcome. With multiple causes that range from a number of different opportunities, there is a place for everyone.

To learn more about United Way and their Community Impact grants or to get involved with a specific project, visit www.uwbv.org.

To learn more or to get involved with the Son-Shine Outreach Center, visit the group’s page on Facebook.

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