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 nonprofitâs on-going success, according to its board members.
COLUMBIA CITY â Funding is in jeopardy for one of Whitley Countyâs 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 Lighthouseâs funds come from grants â in addition to 16 percent which comes from local grants.
âI donât really know how we would function if we didnât have grant dollars,â said Tania Keirn, executive director. âHowever, 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. Weâve already been told that one grant wonât be offered much longer.â
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