LAF grant allowed group to improve building, employ homeless

LDR photo/Steve Smith

Volunteers at Ministers of Fire pack sack lunches to be given out to homeless people in the community. The group estimates that it feeds about 1,000 people every month.


Ministers of Fire has received a grant from the Lebanon Area Foundation to help fund its services. The grant was recognized with a meeting Tuesday at Ministers of Fire headquarters, 466 McPhail in Lebanon.
The $8,000 grant from Lebanon Area Foundation’s Legacy Fund was used to purchase the materials and pay for the labor to add insulation to their facility.
Lebanon Area Foundation Administrator Melinda Fries the endowment included $4,000 for the labor and $4,000 for materials.
“It was contingent on the fact that they would use individuals who needed the extra money to perform the labor,” Fries said. “It’s a lot cheaper than using a contractor and it supports the community.”
Fries said the two-part payment helped Ministers of Fire improve their facility so that it is welcoming for people who come in needing help.
“They have such amazing volunteers who meet here and have met here in very hot and cold conditions for a long time, so I’m sure they’re feeling a little bit spoiled right now,” Fries said. “But we are so thankful we can help through the Legacy Fund.”

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