Salvation Army gets $49KThere may be help for residents in the Douglas County area needing assistance with rent, mortgage payments or utilities.
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
There may be help for residents in the Douglas County area needing assistance with rent, mortgage payments or utilities.
The Douglas County Salvation Army was recently awarded a $49,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation.
The grant, according to Jennie Hevern from the local Salvation Army, will be used for emergency funding for people in financial crisis who need assistance.
“We are pleased that the Otto Bremer Foundation supported our need,” said Hevern.
She added that Douglas County requested that the funds from the grant be used strictly for rent, mortgage payments and utilities. At first glance, said Hevern, this may seem too restrictive because it doesn’t include automobile repair or other unmet needs.
But the Otto Bremer grant, she said, will be able to provide funds for propane, fuel oil, natural gas and electricity.
“The Salvation Army has not been able to fund a tank of propane or fuel oil without finding partners to help fund the need,” said Hevern, adding, “We may still need partners, but now we will we able to assist more people.”
Hevern said that when people are in a financial situation, they usually do all they can to resolve it before seeking assistance. She encourages those who are struggling to contact The Salvation Army Outreach at (320) 304-4233.
“Hopefully we can assist them in taking care of the emergency and when needed, find partners to help resolve the emergency,” said Hevern.
The Otto Bremer Foundation provided 80 Bremer emergency fund supplement grants worth $3 million to agencies in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
ABOUT THE OTTO BREMER FOUNDATION
Created in 1944, the Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The foundation’s work to help build and maintain vibrant communities is based on the vision and legacy of Otto Bremer, whose commitment to the Bremer Bank communities and to those working to make their lives better continues to guide the foundation. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.ottobremer.org.