Whole Man Ministries (WMM)) has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $427,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers.
“This grant is truly a blessing and comes at a time that is critical as our ministry undertakes larger and greater tasks,” said Pastor Barry Washington. “More and more individuals and families need assistance, and as we grow, we are trying to meet these ever-demanding and increasing needs.”
The grant will help pave the parking lot at WMM and its Bridging the Gap Community Center.
“Many individuals that utilize the services of WMM and the Community Center are disabled, in wheelchairs or are aided by walkers and canes, and with our gravel lot, this makes maneuvering to and from our facilities a lot more tedious,” Washington said.
Created by the late Dana Reeve after her husband, “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve, was paralyzed and later died as the result of a fall from a horse, the foundation has awarded 2,131 grants totaling more than $16 million since 1999.
“The Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life Grants Program has always been a cornerstone of one of our core beliefs, the power of we. By supporting these organizations that align with the same beliefs as ours, we are better able to help our community members live more independently,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “We are pleased to reward a number of tremendous organizations for their efforts.”
The grant will only help cover part of the $59,000 paving project at the church.
To donate to the church’s paving project or for more information about WMM, go to www.wholemanministries.com.