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Foellinger Foundation Has Awarded $15,000 To MHANI For Cedars Hope Program Support

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 by Foellinger Foundation. The funds from this grant will be used to support Cedars Hope.

This grant from Foellinger Foundation will help support our Cedars Hope program. Cedars Hope currently houses 15 women and offers support services to past residents and 2 men living in the community. The women living at Cedars Hope would very likely be homeless without the kind of permanent, supportive housing offered there. In addition to having a home, the residents learn to be productive and independent while living at Cedars Hope, with the hope that one day they will be able to live on their own again.

“Residents at Cedars Hope have a safe, warm place to live, where they are supported and encouraged to focus on getting mentally well,” Lisa Smith, executive director of MHANI, said. “Thanks to the Foellinger Foundation, we can continue to offer that much-needed support and encouragement to these strong and amazing women.”

Foellinger Foundation was founded in 1958 by Helene Foellinger and her mother, Esther. Helene Foellinger was the owner and publisher of The News-Sentinel. In fiscal year 2016, the foundation awarded approximately $8 million in grants. Its focus is on supporting organizations in Allen County which serve children and families with the greatest economic need with the least opportunity.