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The Ark Awarded $100,000 Kharis Foundation Grant

May 2010 Flood – Silver Lining

The Kharis Foundation has awarded The Ark Community Resource and Assistance Center, Inc. with a $100,000.00 grant to purchase the building located at 710 HWY 70 in Pegram, TN.

The Ark, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has served  those in need in South Cheatham County since 2003 with a weekly food pantry, meals on wheels senior dining, emergency utility and rent assistance, referral services, clothing/household goods give-a-ways, collaborative community programs (i.e. Angel Tree, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Community-Wide awareness programs, Cheatham County Long Term Recovery, etc.) and disaster case management.

The grant allows The Ark to move towards more community involvement. “The organization began as a way to come together as a community of neighbors to help those in need,” said Missy Bolt, The Ark’s Executive Director. “The Ark’s board, staff and volunteers are ever thankful for God’s blessings during uncertain times. We are grateful to the Kharis Foundation for sharing in our vision and financially aiding The Ark to be God’s hands in South Cheatham. There are many possibilities ahead”.

Board members of The Kharis Foundation visited the relief center at the Harpeth Middle School during the immediate aftermath of the 2010 Flood. The foundation assisted with funds for case management to assist those in need. Since the initial visit, the two organizations have followed the other’s growth.

During a follow up visit in early 2012, the foundation’s president, Melinda Lawrence Sanders, visited The Ark’s new location and toured the South Cheatham area. “The Board of the Kharis Foundation is delighted to help with the ministries that The Ark is doing in Cheatham County. Although it is hard to admit that the blessings came from the Flood of 2010, it was what led us to The Ark,” said Melinda Lawrence Sanders. “We commend The Ark’s staff and board, and all the volunteers for all they are doing to make a difference in lives. We are confident that The Ark is God’s hands in South Cheatham County.” For more information: www.KharisFoundation.net.

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