Bridge of Grace was awarded $20,000 from the Emergency Relief Fund for purchasing food, cleaning supplies, gas for food deliveries, and payment for staff time for food distribution.
Maria, a local teenager and patron, was one of the individuals that benefited from the 3,050 meals distributed by Bridge of Grace in just nine weeks during COVID-19. Maria did not know where her younger siblings' next meal was going to come from until she was connected to these resources. Due to the response of United Way during the COVID-19 outbreak, Maria was able to receive groceries, toiletries, and basic necessities for her family.
Together, UNITED, we are working now to ensure Allen County recovers from the effects of the pandemic. This August, to address our community’s needs, Bridge of Grace plans to convert their food distribution site into an Education & Resource Center that will provide adults and youth with a safe space to complete resumes, apply for jobs, receive virtual tutoring, and obtain access to e-learning courses as we work to recover our community and the number of individuals who lost their employment.
United Way will be here every step as our community breaks down the barriers that many individuals are facing in Allen County.