Local recovery group receives grant from WFET
Published 11:13 pm Friday, June 24, 2016
Looking to assist with women in the area, the Women’s Foundation of East Tennessee (WFET) found the perfect partner in Elizabethton.
The WFET presented a check to Red Legacy Recovery Friday in the amount of $10,000 to assist with transportation at the facility. The funding will provide a van, which will be used three days a week for court, attorney and probation appointments. Also included is transportation to workshops that features computer skills, parenting certification, relapse prevention and recovery skills, GED tutoring and job interviews provided by local group.
“We work through an arduous process to make the grant awards,” the WFET said in a release issued at the check presentation. “(the process) consists of research, vetting and site visits, then making grant recommendations for those programs that most closely fit our focus areas affecting life skills, work skills and education. We advocate to stop violence against women and look for exemplary organizations – ones that can be replicated, as well as new opportunities to help break down barriers for women and girls in east Tennessee.”
With the mission statement of: “We serve as a catalyst to transform the lives of low-income women and girls in east Tennessee”, Red Legacy Recovery serves as the perfect partner, Judy Ingala, board member with WFET, said Friday.
The art of keeping every woman self-sustaining is echoed through the work of RLR, a nonprofit organization, which services the counties of Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington.
WFET representatives added their are working toward transform barriers, which includes success on positive outcomes and network of support for women who have experience addiction, incarceration and dependence on outside financial assistance.
Ingala added that the Friday’s grant is the third the WFET provided to Red Recovery, with the group providing the local facility $40,000 in total.
“We are here today, as we not only believe in providing financial support, but want to shine the light on Red Legacy Recovery,” she said. “(We) want to help raise awareness, create publicity and new volunteer opportunities for this great community organization. We will continue to stand with them and work toward increased opportunities to grow their capacity to serve.”
The WFET began making grants four years ago and has created 23 grants totaling more than $300,000 to 16 of the “most deserving” organizations serving all 25 counties in our service region.
RLR is located on East Elk Avenue and operates a thrift shop to help raise funds to assist people within the region. For more information on the group, visit their Facebook page online or call 423-525-3066.