March 5

Once Around Shop receives $5,000 challenge grant


Jenny McCarty, Manager, Once Around Shop


Once Around Shop receives $5,000 “Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need”
Challenge Grant

Eaton, Ohio (March 4, 2014) – The Preble County Emergency Assistance Programs, part of Graceworks Lutheran Services, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding was awarded to the Preble County Emergency Assistance Programs, based on its effectiveness in addressing physical and emotional needs in the local community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship, and care for the sick based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

For every dollar raised by the Preble County Emergency Assistance Programs from donors by March 31, 2014, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation will provide an additional 50 cents—up to $5,000—in support of the organization’s ministry.

“We are delighted to assist the Preble County Emergency Assistance Programs through this grant, said Richard Kleven, Vice-President of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

“I’m confident this grant money will help us continue to fulfill our mission of assisting Preble County residents in crisis by providing food, clothing, and financial assistance that is essential to achieve self-sufficiency,” explains Jenny McCarty, Manager of Preble County Emergency Assistance Programs. “It is the program’s intent to help households develop a stable path to self-sufficiency that promotes long-term stability by providing basic needs and connections to additional resources.”

Graceworks Lutheran Services offers a variety of nonprofit residential and community care services for senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and persons facing financial or personal challenges. Graceworks provides services in more than 50 locations in southwestern Ohio, eastern Indiana and northern Kentucky. Services include Bethany Village and Bethany Rehabilitation Center, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Graceworks at Home, Graceworks Enhanced Living, Graceworks Housing Services, Once Around Shop and Emergency Assistance Program in Preble County, and Senior Companion Program.