ELLSWORTH – Two grants are going towards an organization that aims to help homeless families.
Six families will soon be living in a farm house on North Street in Ellsworth.
“The Families First Community Center is a residential house for homeless families with children,” said Terri Ouellette, board president of Families First Community Center.
Recently, the center was awarded two grants totaling $225,000.
“Seeing all these grants come through and having the support of all these people is overwhelming,” said Alice Grindle, a founding member of Families First Community Center. “It’s amazing. It’s what we need.”
The grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation for $50,000 is being used for a heating system.
The other one from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, founded by Doris Buffet, will go towards hiring contractors to complete the home and start-up costs.
“We’re excited about being able to hire some of the work out,” said Ouellette. “I’d love to put a call out that we’re looking for dry wall carpenters and finish carpenters.”
Ouellette says they hope to finish the home by the end of this spring.
“We’re just so thankful,” Ouellette said. “This definitely is a huge impact. It’s just amazing, we’re really thankful.”
To learn more about the Families First Community Center and how to get involved, visit their website.