Local ways to work awarded $9,000

Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and the Family Alliance has received $9,000 from The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust through the Sackett-Graves Fund. This grant is for our Ways to Work program. Ways to Work provides small interest loans of up to $6,000 for car purchase or repair to low-income individuals with challenging credit histories. The purchase of reliable transportation is crucial to individuals for maintaining or improving employment and achieving financial stability.

This grant will allow us to continue to serve hundreds of low-income families, enabling them to obtain or advance their employment, repair damaged credit histories and stabilize their finances.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust over the years and because of this grant we will be able to improve the quality of life for many families in Central Virginia,” said Mary Winston Deacon, Director of Financial Support Services. “If you take a moment to think about how your life would be without a vehicle, you can get a sense of how important these car loans are to our participants.”

PHFS and the Family Alliance provide services and programs to help children, adults and families in the community. Our programs range from credit counseling and parenting classes to residential care for at-risk teens and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our programs and services wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of individuals, churches, foundations and corporations. PHFS and the Family Alliance merged in July 2010 to have a greater impact on the communities we serve and are working together to strengthen families for success. We serve 8500 individuals annually.

- From a release

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