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Grants for QC Homeless

Mark Holloway, president of In From the Cold, hands out this year's grants to agencies that help the homeless in the QC.

Some welcome help for agencies in the Quad Cities that help the homeless. Wednesday the organization called In From the Cold handed out this year's grants - ten grants totaling 8,000 dollars.

Family Resources will use the money to help residents of its domestic violence shelter, according to Director of Survivor Services, Ashley Odom.

"Most of the time they flee from domestic violence situations into our shelter - they leave with nothing but the clothes on their back. So these funds will allow us to get the basic necessities that are needed for the survivors that we serve in our program."

De La Cerda House in Rock Island serves people who are homeless and HIV positive. Executive Director, Tiffany Norwood, says their grant will help clients overcome barriers to working and living on their own.

"If a client needs to get their driver's license but they don't have the funds to do that - we can then access these funds and pay for their driver's license or to get them reinstated to help them get their vehicle and be able to drive and get to work. So these funds are very important for our clients."

Barry Gallagher from Vera French Mental Health Center will use the grant to help his clients who are in danger of being evicted or having their utilities shut off. 

Since it was founded 25 years ago, In From the Cold has raised and handed out more than 345,000 dollars to these and other agencies. 

Its major annual fundraiser, the Mayor's Hunger Luncheon, will be held November lst at the Golden Leaf Convention Center, 2092 East Kimberly Road, in Davenport)

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