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DONORS NEEDED: Dollars soon to diminish for local nonprofit

March 11, 2014

Sidney Vanmeter, a volunteer for The Lighthouse, was recognized as one of three Volunteers of the Year for The Lighthouse. Catherine Vanmeter and Sam Law were also recognized for their volunteer efforts, which were key to the nonprofit’s on-going success, according to its board members.

COLUMBIA CITY — Funding is in jeopardy for one of Whitley County’s nonprofit organizations. Interfaith Mission, Inc., also known as The Lighthouse, provides transitional housing to those in need in Whitley County.

In 2013, the housing program served 63 individuals and provided housing, food, supplies, transportation and other supportive services. For the annual budget, 54 percent of The Lighthouse’s funds come from grants — in addition to 16 percent which comes from local grants.

“I don’t really know how we would function if we didn’t have grant dollars,” said Tania Keirn, executive director. “However, as we all know, federal dollars are never guaranteed. Who knows what the future holds for the grants we have been depending on for so long. We’ve already been told that one grant won’t be offered much longer.”

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