“The coronavirus has given us a new dimension of service. We now are seeing people who have never had to ask anyone for help.”

Project Timothy, which opened its doors to the Dayton community in 1990, received a $20,000 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grant that will help increase capacity and provide funding assistance to families struggling with housing, food and utility payments. Additionally, the grant will help provide vouchers for transportation costs throughout Columbia County.

“When people come to us for help, they are often worried and share some sad and all too often repeated stories of their immediate financial difficulties,” said Jeannie Lyonnais. “We do our best to provide comfort and assistance, and our clients leave feeling better, with hope and gratitude. Many of our clients have lived in poverty their whole lives – they only know poverty.”

“The coronavirus has given us a new dimension of service. We now are seeing people who have never had to ask anyone for help,” said Jeannie. “They are people who have always worked, have paid their bills and may have been living paycheck to paycheck, but they’ve been financially responsible for meeting their personal financial needs.”

Click here to see the full list of organizations that received a first round COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grant.