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Rural Ministry Projects Receive Grants

Date 04 May 1996 20:47:33


95353         Rural Ministry Projects Receive Grants 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Eleven rural ministry projects have been awarded grants by 
the Rural Ministry Advisory Committee of the National Ministries Division 
for their efforts to rebuild community life in their locales. 
     The committee, chaired by the Rev. Richard Poppen of Willow Lake, 
S.D., awarded the grants at its August meeting in Jefferson City, Mo. 
     The grant program was established by the 1991 General Assembly when it 
adopted the papers "Rural Communities in Crisis" and "The Church: 
Responding to Rural America." 
     Grant recipients (with their presbytery and synod) are: 
Koala Bear Care, Garner, Iowa (North Central Iowa, Lakes and Prairies): 
$3,000 to support the creation of a child-care service serving the rural 
community of Garner and the surrounding area, providing equipment needed to 
start the program, such as tables, chairs, high chairs, cots and cribs. 
Lemmon Community Youth Center, Lemmon, S.D. (South Dakota, Lakes and 
Prairies): $3,000   to support the creation of a center for the youth of 
Lemmon, a rural community affected by economic decline and out-migration, 
providing equipment for the youth center. 
Red Wing Area Women's Center, Red Wing, Minn. (Twin Cities Area, Lakes and 
Prairies): $3,000 to provide "seed money" to develop an innovative rural 
demonstration project designed to provide high-quality emergency housing 
combined with a "one-stop-shop" concept of obtaining social services, 
health, educational and housing opportunities. 
Melnick Community Arts, Resources & Education Services, Whitelaw, Mich. 
(Winnebago, Lakes and Prairies): $3,000 to provide "seed money" for the 
development of a pilot project that will provide opportunities to broaden 
the horizons of young people through a mentoring program to encourage 
growth in self-esteem in Melnick, an unincorporated rural community. 
Protect Our Children, Columbia, Ky. (Louisville, Living Waters): $3,000 to 
support a new program of the Adair County Social Action Committee that will 
focus on the health and safety of the children in the community. 
New Trinity Community Outreach, Camden, Ala. (Sheppards and Lapsley, Living 
Waters): $3,000 to support an after-school tutoring/mentoring project and 
to purchase supplies for the spiritual enrichment of children and youth in 
Belleville After School Program, Belleville, Kan. (Northern Kansas, 
Mid-America): $2,000 to provide "seed money" for the development of the 
Belleville After School Program, which will provide daily affordable, 
accessible child-care services to Belleville and its surrounding 
communities in Republic County. 
Harambee Older Adult Ministry, Charlotte, Va. (Peaks, Mid-Atlantic): $1,500 
to provide "seed money" for the development of an older adult ministry in 
rural Southside, Virginia, that will provide cultural and multicultural 
activities, affirm the aging process, promote health and well-being, and 
provide information about available resources. 
Mora Valley Presbyterian Services--Carino Pre-School and Mental Health 
Hospice, Mora, N.M.  (Santa Fe, Southwest): $3,000 to provide "seed money" 
to support the creation of a mental health hospice and the provision of 
reasonably priced child-care services to families in Mora and the 
surrounding communities. 
Good Shepherd After School Care, Farmington, N.M. (Santa Fe, Southwest): 
$2,500 to support the provision of equipment for an after-school child-care 
program that will serve the Farmington community. 
Neighbors: 'Cross the Street, Mancheca, Texas (Mission, Sun): $3,000 to 
support the creation of a program that will intentionally provide exchange 
between the members of St. John's Presbyterian Church in Mancheca and their 
neighbors 'cross the street in Mabee Village Community Living Center, which 
provides supervised living and independent living to 112 mentally retarded 
adult men and women. 

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