Grant money helping those in need

Rutherford County Foundation announces $47,500 in grants to three nonprofit groups
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

Three Rutherford County nonprofit organizations have received grants from the Rutherford County Foundation. The grants total $47,500 and were awarded to organizations providing critical services for economically disadvantaged people.

Receiving grants were Forest City Housing Authority, $20,000; Isothermal Community College, $7,500; and Rutherford Housing Partnership for Housing Matters, $20,000.

The grant to the housing authority is for "Stories in Stitches" a domestic  violence education/support program primarily for victims of abuse who reside in FCHA  communities and in Rutherford County. 

"Stories in Stitches: Healing After Domestic Abuse" will be facilitated by Dr. Johnnie Martin, who along with Sally Claroni wrote the grant. They asked Forest City Police and Blair Clark with Parkway Behavioral to partner with them in the endeavor to offer a year-long education and support program for victims of abuse. 

The program is being offered, especially, to any woman residing in the Forest City Housing communities, but is also available to any woman residing in Rutherford County who has been a victim of abuse or wants to learn more about the signs of abusive relationships, how to avoid these relationships, how to move forward, and the effects of domestic abuse on children in the home, Martin explains.

"We are grateful to The Community Foundation Janirve Legacy Fund for giving us this opportunity to hopefully make a difference in the lives of women and their children," Martin said.

Session will begin, no charge, on Jan. 15, 2013 any woman interested may contact either Claroni at 245-1390, Ext 104 or Martin at 286-9590 for session times.

"We are excited to begin," Martin said.

The grant to Isothermal Community College is for the  Eliminating Career Barriers program.

The funds will be used to cover uniforms, instructional materials and exam fees for 40 College and Career Pathway students in CNA or welding technology, said Mike Gavin, director of marketing and community relations at Isothermal. 

"These are students who are coming back to get adult high school diplomas.Through this program, they have the opportunity to earn a nurse aide or welding certification as well. 

"Funding like this is greatly appreciated because the cost for uniforms, supplies and other materials in these programs can often discourage a potential student from participating," Gavin said. "This reduces that cost barrier and puts the student on a path to a job or continued education.

The Rutherford Housing Partnership for Housing Matters for use its $20,000  to aid in the construction of a home for a family in need, using primarily volunteer labor. 

These grants were awarded as part of The Community Foundation’s People in Need focus area  grant cycle, funded in part by the Janirve Legacy Fund. The next grant cycle will begin in August  2013.  Details can be found at 

The Rutherford County Foundation local volunteer board of directors works to raise awareness of the Rutherford County Foundation and to build assets for the future. Board members are —  Jane Alexander Bell, John Condrey, Forrest Edwards, Nick Elliott, James Faccone, Gavin, Vernon Hoyle, Katy Hunt, Sally Lesher, Karen V. Moore, Juanita Newton, Janice Paris, Michael S. Tanner, Nancy Tanner (Chair) and Diane Warner. 

For more information about the Rutherford County Foundation, contact Tanner at 828-286-4945. To support the Rutherford County Foundation, donate on-line at or by mail to the Rutherford County Foundation, P.O. Box 1171, Rutherfordton, NC, 28139.