RALEIGH — Freedom Life, a nonprofit corporation born out of the prison ministry of McDowell Mission Ministries in Marion, received a $40,000 Mission Development grant from the State Employee's Credit Union Foundation.
The member-funded grant will assist the organization with capacity building, addressing organizational growth and long-term sustainability for the expansion of services and construction of an affordable transitional housing complex for previously incarcerated individuals.
An announcement was made the week of Feb. 20 during a SECU Advisory Board meeting where Jama Campbell, Executive Director of the SECU Foundation, presented a ceremonial check to Freedom Life officials.
Launched in 2012, Freedom Life works to help formerly incarcerated men and women from McDowell County and the surrounding region transition back into the community, while providing supportive resources for those still incarcerated.
In conjunction with community partners, the non-profit provides clients with life planning, job placement, pastoral care, mentoring and basic life support needs such as food, housing, and transportation, among other services.
SECU Foundation’s grant is intended to further Freedom Life’s mission to help individuals impacted by the justice system break through unhealthy life cycles and reduce the risk of recidivism.
“Freedom Life’s commitment to help men and women who have faced incarceration work through everyday challenges and find peace and fulfillment has not gone unnoticed,” said Ms. Campbell. “We are proud to help this organization develop expanded services to further their mission of providing individuals and families in McDowell County and beyond with hope and opportunity for life transformation.”
“On behalf of the Board, staff, volunteers, and most importantly the clients of Freedom Life, I want to express my utmost gratitude to the SECU Foundation for being selected as a recipient of this grant,” said Danny Hampton, Executive Director of Freedom Life. “The $40,000 award will help Freedom Life in its goal to enhance capacity both organizationally and financially. This capacity growth will not only have direct impact on increased capability in serving the substantial needs of our clients and their families, but also on the entire McDowell community – creating greater resourcing potential, especially within the area of additional housing.”
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Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $169 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.
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