The Town Clock CDC is concentrating its efforts this year on raising funds. Sound all too familiar? Yes! Well, with the funding cuts to all the social service agencies within New Jersey, all trust funds and grant providers for affordable housing are having difficulty. That means that we must concentrate our efforts to raise funds outside of these “typical” agencies, such as the city, county, and state. Frustrating, but it is the reality of the day.
With that being said, we invite you to consider philanthropists you may know, or persons who have board affiliations to organizations which provide grants. We would be delighted to hear about any contacts. This project is an amazing opportunity to do something unique to an historic structure. Just today, I explained to Erie about how the fire in the sanctuary in 1971 was laid by a man, whose girlfriend we were supporting. He was abusing her, and we were giving her shelter. Our choice for building 11 units of permanent supportive housing for women and their children stems from this event. What a wonderful way to make something good out of something that destroyed the interior so long ago!
Speaking of fundraising, we are also working on just letting folks know about this great project. In March, I was invited by Women Aware, Inc. to speak at their main fundraising breakfast. Three hundred people were in attendance! Wow! Perhaps you know of another such opportunity? Don’t hesitate to contact me, please.