Emergency food and shelter program funding for Archuleta County

Archuleta County has been awarded federal funds by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The county was chosen to receive $8,345 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisting of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities; and United Way of America.

The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made up of Barbara Hendricks, Department of Human Services; Cindy Shenk, American Red Cross; Richard Wholf, United Jewish Communities; Karol Jackson, United Methodist Church; Cody Wilson, United Way of Archuleta County; Drew Harbison, Salvation Army; Carlos Alvarez, Catholic Charities; Deni Blaisch; R.A. George, Seventh-day Adventist Church; Liz Rosenberg, Archuleta County Department of Human Services; Rev. Douglas Neal, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church; Carmen Hubbs, Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program; Bruce Stephens, Centerpoint Church; Jerry Archuleta, La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation; and Tom Riedberger, Grace Evangelical Free Church will determine how the funds awarded to Archuleta County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private, voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) be eligible to receive funds, 3) have an accounting system; 4) practice nondiscrimination; 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds must contact Barbara Hendricks, Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 240, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, or at 264-2182 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is March 5, 2009.

For additional information, contact Barbara Hendricks at 264-2182 or Karen Davison, United Way of Archuleta County, 264-1215.