Pioneer Credit Union
Beginning in 2009, Pioneer Credit Union in a sense, “adopted” Freedom House to partner with us for the long term. Their support includes finances, not for operational costs but for long term investment such as an upgraded security system and a professional display booth from Skyline to help us tell our story out in the community. They also give help securing grants through the hiring of a consultant expert in that area. And their staff members are paid to provide child care for our residents three days each week for three hours each day. This allows our adult residents the ability to go out into the community and look for jobs, housing and training without having to worry about their children being cared for. The president of Pioneer and one staff member also renovated one small room at Freedom House and outfitted it as a special place for teens that might be in house, an especially welcome and loved location for some of our most troubled residents.
Barb’s Centre for Dance
In 2009, Barb & Pete Cedergren named Freedom House as the recipient of all proceeds from the Spirit of the Holidays Celebration of Dance held in December 2009. From that event, more than $17,000 was donated to Freedom House for use in its programming.
“We were just so taken in by the ministry at Freedom House,” said Barb Cedergren, founder and owner of the dance studio. “In addition to meeting the basic needs of families in crisis, more than just getting them back on their feet, Freedom House educates and brings them back into community and teaches them to give back as well. Nothing highlights the spirit of the season more than that,” she explained. “The whole package you get with them is so overwhelming; you can’t help but be drawn in to it.”
In 2008, Merrill Lynch named Freedom House its ’08 Gala Recipient. That brought in $90,000, which has been earmarked to build a transitional duplex on site, something our residents can utilize when they’ve met all goals and “graduated” from our program, but may not be completely ready to go it on their own. Transitional housing on site will give them the opportunity to practice their new independent, life-changing skills while having ready access to support from Freedom House and its staff, if necessary.
Freedom House has partnered with area churches, unified in effort to serve the needs of the poor and homeless in our community. Each church is represented by an appointee who serves as Freedom House’s voice in the local congregation and acts as a liaison between the two organizations. In this way, we can celebrate the wonderful things God is doing in our community to help the less fortunate. More than 50 churches meet on a regular basis with Freedom House to keep the lines of communication open and to coordinate efforts…