Barbara C Terry Emergency Assistance Fund
Purpose of the Fund
There are thousands of citizens throughout the Greater Fredericksburg region struggling to keep their lights on, to pay their rent and to provide food for their families. The Barbara C. Terry Emergency Assistance Fund may be able to help.
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History of the Fund
In January 2009, as the national economic crisis was at its worst, the RUW Board of Directors took the unprecedented step of allocating $85,000 of operating reserves to provide emergency assistance grants to local working families newly affected by the economy.
In an effort to ensure grants were given to those individuals and families who were most in need and not eligible for other community based services, RUW partnered with The Salvation Army to identify households eligible to receive one time grants to meet basic needs (housing, utilities, transportation and employment). The Salvation Army had a history of screening individuals seeking assistance for the first time and could ensure said individuals had explored and exhausted all other personal resources.
By June 2009, the full $85,000 grant had been distributed to over 66 households and 182 individuals. Unfortunately, however, The Salvation Army continued to receive a high level of calls for Emergency Assistance; thus prompting the RUW Board of Directors to establish The Barbara C. Terry Society to continue to support the Emergency Assistance Fund.
This fund continues today to provide emergency assistance to struggling households who do not qualify for other community based services and who are facing economic crisis for the first time. Financial assistance helps households meet housing (rent and mortgage) transportation and utility needs.
Please note "Barbara C. Terry" in donation form.