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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