St. Jude House recently received a $5,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation which will allow them to replace their walk-in freezer.
The current unit, a 22-year-old model, had become unreliable and required costly repairs over the last few years. Additionally, unexpected loss of functionality has allowed large amounts of food to spoil and become unusable for clients.
With nearly 480,000 meals and 73,000 snacks served annually, the ability to store food and accept large donations from community members is exceptionally important to St. Jude House. The replacement freezer will allow them to ensure compliance with food safety standards, ensure consistent meal plans and preparation for clients, and allow them to accept large donations of perishable food from members of the community, which also reduces their food costs.
St. Jude House is thankful for the support from the Legacy Foundation, and looks forward to this upgrade in their current equipment.
“We are grateful for this grant award from the Legacy Foundation and their continued support of the services we provide to empower survivors of domestic violence. As a nonprofit organization, support from the community is critical in helping us provide safety and programming for our clients. It is our goal to ensure their stay with us is meaningful and impactful to their lives when they leave us,” said Linda Perez, Executive Director of St. Jude House.
St. Jude House, located in Crown Point, IN, a family violence prevention center and 30-bed shelter, pursues a vision where all engage in healthy relationships characterized by the mutual sharing of resources and responsibility. St. Jude House is a catalyst in Northwest Indiana for the prevention, education, and awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse; providing quality, compassionate and effective services to those impacted by abuse.