Community Funding helps our most Vulnerable Citizens
Each year, the City of Puyallup makes contributions to organizations that serve the needs of our City’s most vulnerable citizens. In addition to the $55,000 in initial funding awards outlined below, the 2012 budget adopted by the Council included $50,000 in additional assistance directed towards addressing family homelessness. Please contact City Clerk Barbara Price at (253) 841-5480 if you are a community service organization that would like to receive more information on applying for these funds.
2012 Community Funding Allocations
Good Samaritan Domestic Violence Counseling Services - $15,000
This program provides free counseling services and a support group to domestic violence victims in Puyallup. The counseling provides direction, hope, and solution-based therapy within a safe and confidential environment. This program accepts referrals from the City of Puyallup Domestic Violence advocate, increasing the likelihood that victims will break repeating cycles of violence and regain normalcy in their lives.
Helping Hand House - $20,000
Helping Hand House works toward ending family homelessness in East Pierce County. To forward this cause, they provide homeless prevention services, emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Housing assistance is accompanied by support services that teach financial literacy, life-skills, and workforce training.
Open Hearth Ministries - $6,000
Open Hearth Ministries provides emergency housing in local hotels for families with children in the Puyallup School District. Their stay may be from one night to two weeks while volunteer case workers meet with each family to develop an action plan to secure a longer-term housing option. Open Hearth is 100% volunteer staffed and all contributions go directly to sheltering and providing necessities to families in need.
Puyallup Food Bank - $5,000
The Puyallup Food Bank provides nutritious food to Puyallup-area neighbors in need with the effort of 100 volunteers and 1 paid staff member. The food bank has experienced increased demand in recent years due to economic conditions.
Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County - $2,000
The Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County is the primary provider of sexual assault education and prevention services in Pierce County. They do this by working cooperatively with schools and the greater community. The center also provides support and information to the victims of sexual assault.
Salvation Army Food Bank - $1,000
The Salvation Army Food Bank provides nutritious food for Puyallup-area neighbors in need.
St. Francis House - $6,500
St. Francis house provides a variety of services to assist the most vulnerable citizens of Puyallup. They offer a meal program every week day at various locations in the community, ESL classes, an emergency food bank, as well as a clothing and furniture bank for households that cannot afford these basic necessities. St. Francis also has a role in connecting families to other community resources, such as emergency housing and rental assistance.