A donation from our Community Support Fund has helped a Devon charity to expand its food store and build a new arts and crafts room.
Gilead Foundations Charity is based at Jacobstowe, close to our Market Quarter Hatherleigh development, and provides a supported living service to women suffering from addictions, homelessness and domestic abuse.
The charity applied to the Kingswood Homes Community Support Fund for a grant of £1,000 to pay for new refrigeration equipment for its food store which it uses to support its residents in need and partners with local foodbanks which are helping 40 families in need in the Okehampton area.
Part of the donation will also be used towards turning a damp store room into a new arts and crafts room for the benefit of Gilead’s residents.
Kingswood Homes’ head of sales Lesley Myers, said: “The Gilead Foundations Charity provides stability, shelter and support for vulnerable people whilst also helping them learn new skills in order to lead an independent lifestyle.
“It also offers a lifeline to some local families by supporting local foodbanks and we’re pleased to make this donation to help them continue these essential community services which make a huge difference to many people’s lives.”
Joanna Drew, fundraising manager for Gilead Foundations Charity, said: “Thank you to Kingswood Homes for supporting two of our most pressing needs as a charity.
“Our food store was in desperate need of improvement and with new refrigeration we can now help even more people most at need in the Okehampton area.
“Furthermore, our residents expressed a desire to experience art therapy which we know reduces anxiety levels whilst also teaching new hobbies and skills. We have the skilled staff and volunteers in place and now we can purchase the materials we need in order to develop and equip this project.”