WARSAW – Leaders from K21 Health Foundation, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, United Way of Kosciusko County and Zimmer Biomet Foundation have announced the second wave of grants in response to the community’s needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initial round of grants totaling $20,000, announced less than two weeks ago provided support to local food pantries.
Now, this week, the groups are collectively issuing $25,000 in grants to area shelters and residential programs.
A joint statement from the groups reads: “As we continue to monitor the most immediate needs arising as a result of COVID-19, we are seeing significant increases in the expenses incurred by shelter and residential programs. The individuals utilizing these programs, who typically work or are active in the community during the day, are now sheltering in place around the clock.”
“Costs of food, supplies, utilities, staffing, cleaning, and in some instances, Personal Protective Equipment, have become tremendous. As funders, we remain united in our commitment to readily respond to our community’s challenges as they arise,” the statement said.
Area shelter and residential programs being supported through this round of grants include: All Things New, Beaman Home, Bowen Center group homes, Cardinal Services group homes, Fellowship Missions, Rose Garden Recovery Community (formerly Rose Home North), and Serenity House.
As this situation continues to unfold, the funders are dedicated to monitoring the needs of Kosciusko County and anticipate additional waves of grants to support the community in the coming weeks.