New Scholarship Fund Honors Brian D. Slavenas of DeKalbNovember 21, 2023
Grants Available to Fuel Youth Impact in DeKalb CountyDecember 1, 2023
Together, with the support of our donors, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in DeKalb County. Grants from the Community Foundation come from a variety of grant programs. Each program is unique in how to apply, who it supports, and the impact it creates. So how do these grants impact the community in which we live? Learn more in this grant in action story below!
Thank you to the generous donors whose gifts make grants like these possible!
Hope Haven’s roots were planted 37 years ago when PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) began providing food and shelter to people experiencing homelessness in DeKalb County. In 1991, their board decided to stay open year-round and officially changed the name to Hope Haven of DeKalb County, Inc.
In early 2000, Hope Haven moved into the new shelter at 1145 Rushmoore Drive, DeKalb, tripling the capacity to serve individuals and families. While the facility has undergone small updates, the bathrooms have deteriorated because of heavy usage, serving thousands of individuals over the past 23 years. This deterioration created both a safety and health concern for clients.
Quotes for necessary materials were secured and asks for support went out. One request was to the Community Foundation for a spring 2023 Community Needs Grant. The grant was approved in the amount of $27,200. The Foundation grant, along with support from other grantors and donors, enabled Hope Haven to renovate the deteriorating bathrooms. Construction was completed in September 2023.
With heavy-duty materials used for this project and the installation of a larger ventilation system, the integrity of the bathrooms will last for many years. In addition, the renovations provide safety, accessibility, and opportunity to the clients of Hope Haven. Clients can take daily hot showers in a clean and safe environment.