Local organizations receive social justice grants

Published: 12/2/2021 3:05:27 PM

When the Rev. Dawn Garrett-Larsen concluded her ministry at Nelson Congregational Church in 2019, the Garrett-Larsen Social Justice Fund was created to honor her and help the cause of social justice in the world. The money that was raised will be given away in entirety by 2024.

Most of this year’s applications involved helping people find safe and affordable shelter, and three organizations received grants totaling $2,000.

Monadnock Quaker Meeting in Jaffrey received $1,000 to help build a short-term emergency shelter within its meetinghouse. The funds will go toward comfortable and secure quarters for up to four people, as well as furnishings and bedding. Members of Quaker Meeting are coordinating with local churches and social service agencies for referrals.

MATS (Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter) received $500 for its Hope Fund, which offers reliable transportation -- including car repairs, vehicle registration and gas -- for guests who are experiencing homelessness to help them toward independence. The Hope Fund is one part of MATS’s main mission, which is to provide transitional housing and support for individuals and families in need of shelter. Since 1991, 746 people have lived at MATS, including 391 children. MATS connects individuals with community resources, legal aid and counseling to prevent recurring homelessness.

Sacred Ally Quilt Ministry received $500 for its work in racial justice. A documentary film about this project will premier in New York City in May of 2022. The quilts, created by nine New Hampshire UCC churches after the death of George Floyd, are traveling to schools and churches throughout New England to inspire conversations about racial justice. The grant was given with no restrictions to support the project.


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