Community Touch provides transitional housing and other programs to help the homeless.
Two Fauquier County nonprofit organizations that help the needy have received $5,000 grants from the charitable arm of Richmond-based Dominion Energy.
Community Touch in Bealeton will use its grant in its Rapid Rehousing program help the homeless in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties.
“We operate a 40-bed facility to assist those in need of transitional housing in our community,” said Tyronne Champion, who co-founded Community Touch in 2001 with his wife, Felicia. “We also try to keep people in their apartments or rental property if they should lose their income for a period of time. If local residents become homeless, we help them find a place to stay and we also provide counseling for them.”
Rev. Champion added: “We are so grateful to Dominion Energy for their generous grant, which has helped many of our local families.”
Warrenton-based Fauquier FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) will use its grant to help feed the needy, including the distribution of food baskets for almost 250 families during the holiday season. Over the past two years, Dominion Energy has contributed a total of $12,500 to Fauquier FISH.
FISH operates a food pantry three days a week and runs a Weekend Power Pack program, distributing more than 350 bags of food each week to children who might otherwise go hungry over the weekend, school holidays and snow days.
“We also host an event where children get a backpack full of school supplies at the start of each school year,” FISH Executive Director Carol Schumacher said. “Thanks to generous support from companies like Dominion Energy and other community partners, we are able to help our neighbors in their time of need.”
The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation awarded more than $1.6 million in Critical Community Needs grants this year to help feed, shelter and care for people in need. Donations went to more than 200 nonprofit organizations in 12 states. For more information, visit dominionenergy.com.