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Servants to All receives First Fderal grantServants to All, which provides supportive services to homeless individuals in Schuylkill County and surrounding Northeast Pennsylvania counties, received a grant from the First Federal Charitable Foundation that it will use to provide case management and supportive services to the homeless.

The organization plans to use the grant money to hire a part-time case manager to handle supportive services work, which includes case management, emergency housing, transportation, and assistance with applications for housing, benefits and employment, and material goods.

Servants to All Executive Director Jeanette Triano Sinn said there is a great need for shelters and services that help the homeless, particularly in Schuylkill County.

“We are grateful to First Federal Charitable Foundation for this grant to support our work with the homeless. Our Servants to All shelter is the only emergency shelter in Schuylkill County that serves the entire general population. We target and work with specific and vulnerable populations such as veterans, people with disabilities, the re-entry population and families and youth. Many of our former clients have moved on from homelessness and now have a stable job and housing situation. These success stories are truly the heart of our work as an organization.”

Servants to All staffs and manages a 13-bed overnight shelter that is housed in a church in Pottsville. The shelter is open year round and services both men and women. Additionally, Servants to All provides clients with motel/rooming house vouchers based on individual needs. In 2018, Servants to All provided emergency housing to 146 new individuals and met material needs for an additional 309 people. Triano Sinn said the organization expected those numbers to increase to more than 150 new individuals and more than 500 people with personal needs by the end of this year.

First Federal Charitable Foundation Executive Director Megan Kennedy said, “Our foundation is proud to support the work of Servants for All with this grant because we share a common mission of providing services to those in great need within our community. With winter approaching, there is an event greater emphasis on helping the homeless population find a warm and safe place to stay. The work that Servants to All has done over the past seven years is incredible and it’s gratifying to know that they will be able to help so many additional individuals in need by adding another case manager.”

Servants to All has 10 employees and more than 30 volunteers who work at its My Father’s House day program and the overnight shelter. In addition to helping the homeless, the organization supports the needs of the elderly in collaboration with local Senior Services and Adult Protective Services, as well as people who are discharged from an institution and have no permanent residence, displaced victims of domestic violence, and those at risk of homelessness due to financial difficulties.

The First Federal Charitable Foundation was established to support worthwhile community causes. It strives to nurture nonprofit institutions and programs that will effectively serve those in need from the community, empower nonprofit institutions and programs that will expand their presence in and services to the area, and promote opportunities for new nonprofit institutions and programs that will serve the unserved.

Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) IRS designation that are located in Luzerne, Schuylkill, Carbon and Columbia counties are eligible to apply for a grant. Any organization whose headquarters is in another county but services either Luzerne, Schuylkill, Carbon or Columbia counties may apply for a grant to be used in one of those counties.

For more information on the foundation or to obtain a grant application, visit www.1stfederalcharitable.org or call 570-501-2784.

CAPTION: Servants to All received a grant from the First Federal Charitable Foundation that it will use to provide case management and supportive services to the homeless. Pictured are, from left: Tony Cusatis, president of the First Federal Charitable Foundation board of directors; Megan Kennedy, First Federal Charitable Foundation executive director; Jeanette Triano Sinn, Servants to All executive director; Wayne Herring, treasurer of the Servants to All board of directors; and Heather Boher, Servants to All case manager.

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P: 570.501.2784