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C.S. Mott Foundation awards year-end grants

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(12/15/13) - Seven Mid-Michigan organizations that help those in need, are getting a helping hand themselves.

The C.S. Mott Foundation is awarding grants totaling $785,000 to the organizations.

It comes at an important time for the agencies, when money is tight and they're trying to stretch their dollars to finish out the year.

"As Genesee County, like other communities across the country, works to create a new economic blueprint, many residents continue to struggle with painful choices about their most basic needs," said William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation. "These grants may not necessarily create a systemic solution to such challenges in the Flint area, but they can help lift some of the immediate hardships that many people face and provide them with some much-needed stability."

Here's a look at how the money will be used, according to a press release from the C.S. Mott Foundation:

-Carriage Town Ministries: $65,000 to provide nutritious meals this winter to area homeless individuals and families;

-Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties: $285,000 to support the St.
Christopher medical transportation program; to enable the North End Soup Kitchen to continue offering two hot daily meals; and to help fund a winter "warming" center near downtown Flint;

-The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan: two grants totaling $125,000 to offer high-protein food items, such as meat and peanut butter, to area food pantries, and to help with the distribution of over one million diapers;

-The Old Newsboys of Flint: $50,000 to provide children from low-income families with hats, gloves, socks and other warm clothing;

-Resource Genesee: $60,000 to supply critical support services to area homeless and near-homeless individuals and families;

-The Salvation Army of Genesee County: $100,000 to assist county residents with rent and utility payments that will enable them to remain in their homes; and

-The YWCA of Greater Flint: $100,000 to support programs that assist and shelter women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and young women who were formerly in
foster care and are homeless and without family support.

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