Lima Rotary Club looks to eradicate homelessness


By Camri Nelson - cnelson@limanews.com



LIMA — In an effort to eradicate homelessness in Lima, The Lima Rotary Club has partnered with the West Ohio Community Action Partnership and Family Promise of Lima-Allen County to raise money to provide the homeless with the resources that they need.

During a presentation at the Rotary Club meeting on Monday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center, Lima Rotary Club President Tracie Sanchez went through a PowerPoint that highlighted their fund goal and the donations that are still needed to achieve it.

The goal is to raise $15,200, and $9,000 has been raised so far by way of a $5,000 district grant and $4,000 from four local businesses: Radio Hospital, Webb Insurance, Spherion, and Lima Pallet.

“I appreciate what the Rotarians are doing and together we are going to combine and bring a lot of resources together,” said Family Promise Director Russ Thomas. “I think we can end homelessness. We are a very job-rich community, but we have to resolve those barriers in between the homeless and employment.”

To reach its goal, the club will need $6,000, and Sanchez said that help from other local businesses will help them reach that target.

“As Rotarians we have a unique understanding about the power of community and takes more than one person to make significant change and I need your help to end homelessness in Lima,” said Sanchez.

Individuals and businesses can also donate through the Rotary GoFundMe page at http://bit.ly/2CHohmK.

Sanchez said that the $15,200 can go towards providing the homeless with beds, a hotline number for the homeless to call and education to connect with resources needed for people to become self-sufficient.

“With our partnership with WOCAP, we will end homelessness in our community,” said Sanchez.

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By Camri Nelson

cnelson@limanews.com

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews.