SHARE Awarded $150,000 Grant from KMR Group Foundation
SHARE has been awarded a $150,000 grant from KMR Group Foundation, a private nonprofit in Vancouver, to help the agency transition local families from its shelters to permanent housing.
“This three-year grant will allow SHARE to hire a full-time housing navigator at our family shelter, connecting our shelter clients to the resources necessary to find and acquire permanent housing,” said Diane McWithey, SHARE Executive Director.
Securing permanent housing has become increasingly difficult in Southwest Washington. By adding a housing navigator, SHARE is joining a national trend of providing advocates to help vulnerable community members juggle the myriad of issues that might otherwise serve as roadblocks to permanent housing.
“KMR and the entire Vancouver community are keenly aware of the challenges facing local agencies working with the homeless in Clark County,” said Kate Jones, KMR Group Foundation Co-Founder and President. “We’ve assisted SHARE for many years in addressing this and other issues, but felt it was time for the Foundation to focus more on the local homeless crisis. After planning with SHARE, I believe we’ve found a way to make the kind of impact that can make a real difference in the lives of families in our community.”
KMR and SHARE have been partners for more than 20 years. Last year alone, KMR provided nearly 2,000 Essential Packs filled with hats, gloves and everyday necessities. The foundation is also involved with SHARE’s Backpack Program, which provides healthy food for school-aged children, as well as providing funding for SHARE’s move to the Fromhold Center in 2013.