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Gheens Foundation grants $50,000 gift to Family & Children’s Place

Grant will enable agency to help and support underserved children and families in Louisville’s West End

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 13, 2018) – The Gheens Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place, which leads efforts in Louisville and Southern Indiana to prevent, stop, and treat child violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

The grant will help support the agency as it expands services, including new parent support, counseling, and mental health assessments, to underserved communities in the city’s west end, including several offices in the new YMCA under construction at 19th Street and Broadway.

“We are beyond thrilled by the generous support of The Gheens Foundation,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “This grant will give families in the West End easy access to vital services and help that previously hasn’t been available to them.

“It enables us to keep our commitment to be there for all children and families hurt by violence and abuse, regardless of where they live in the community,” she said.

Over the years, The Gheens Foundation has provided more than $995,000 to the agency’s work, including support for the out of school program for at-risk students at Meyzeek Middle School, and for the capital campaign to build the agency’s Fifth and Kentucky streets campus.

The Gheens Foundation, Inc. was established in 1957 by C. Edwin and Mary Jo Gheens to continue their lifelong interests in education, religious programs and human services.

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