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United Way of Wilkes County presents Venture Grants to representatives of three nonprofits, including the Hospitality House of Boone. The group includes, from left, Tanya Shire, United Way co-chairwoman of fund distribution; Tina Krause, Hospitality House; Jean Graf, Wilkes Circles of Care; Shirley Inscore, United Way co-chairwoman of fund distribution; Todd Carter, Hospitality House; Gretchen Barelski and Julie Smith, Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes. Photo submitted.

Originally published: 2013-09-06 12:33:02
Last modified: 2013-09-06 15:45:46

Hospitality House receives United Way grant

by Staff Reports

The Hospitality house of Boone has received a $5,000 Venture Grant from the United Way of Wilkes County, the agency announced Friday.

For the second year, the United Way committed resources from its annual campaign to address unmet or undermet needs for Wilkes County residents. This year it split $15,000 in funding among three regional nonprofits addressing specific needs: the Circle of Care of Wilkes, the Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes and the Hospitality House of Boone.

United Way's Fund distribution committee reviewed all applications and recommended to the full Board of Directors the three for consideration. Venture grants are offered at the discretion of the Board of Directors and vary from year-to-year depending on the needs in the county.

"In 2013, our board felt these three organizations exhibited a dynamic push toward addressing poverty with measurable results that improve lives and make lasting changes, not just temporary fixes, said United Way Executive Director Rick Stegall.

Tina Krause, director of services for Hospitality House, said they were thrilled to receive the grant.

"Out of the seven counties served by Hospitality House, Wilkes County has the highest percentage of the homeless population," she said. "In this past year, Hospitality House has served more homeless individuals and families from Wilkes County than any other county other than Watauga. We look forward to continuing to serve Wilkes County and to helping those Wilkes residents living in crisis, poverty and homelessness rebuild their lives."