O-R distributes $23,000 for homeless services

May 10, 2014
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Jon Stevens, Observer-Reporter Greene County bureau chief, presents a check for $2,500 to Lisa Neil, president of Southwest Training Services. Order a Print
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Jon Stevens, Greene County bureau chief for the Observer-Reporter, presents a $1,000 check to Karen Bennett, director of Greene County Human Services.
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Liz Rogers, editor of the Observer-Reporter, right, presents a check for $8,683 to Dr. Monica Speicher, director of WeCare Street Outreach. Order a Print
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Jon Stevens, Observer-Reporter Greene County bureau chief, presents a check for $1,000 to Sister Audrey Quinn, director of the Greene County unit of the Salvation Army.
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Karen Mansfield, Observer-Reporter staff writer, presents a check for $4,000 to Michelle Robinson Ritter, executive directror of Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Order a Print
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Liz Rogers, editor of the Observer-Reporter, presents a check for $2,500 to Dean Gartland, president of the Washington City Mission. Order a Print
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Denise Bachman, left, assistant managing editor of production at the Observer-Reporter, presents a check for $3,000 to Lynn Loresch, executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Washington County, and Rosetta Wilson, right, program director at the Circle Center in Washington. Order a Print

More than $23,000 has been distributed to organizations that provide homeless services in Washington and Greene counties, as part of the Observer-Reporter’s “No Place to Call Home” special reporting series. The newspaper established charitable funds at the Washington County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greene County.

Donations totaling $18,183 were received in Washington County, and $5,402 was contributed in Greene County. A committee composed of members of the newspaper series project team reviewed the proposals and recently presented checks to the following nonprofit agencies in Washington County: City Mission, on behalf of WeCare Street Outreach; Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania; Mental Health Association of Washington County, and City Mission.

Greene County agencies receiving grants were: Southwest Training Services Inc., Salvation Army and Greene County Human Services Department.

In addition to receiving donations from individuals and businesses, the Observer-Reporter held several fundraisers, including a purse auction in October that generated more than $10,000.

A similar fundraising initiative linked to the newspaper’s 2014 series addressing Alzheimer’s and dementia, “No Longer Me,” is under way. The next installment publishes May 25.

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