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December 22, 2012

PRIDE starts emergency repair fund for needy

TICONDEROGA — PRIDE of Ticonderoga is helping low-income homeowners who need emergency repairs.

The nonprofit community-preservation group has started the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund to support emergency home repairs in Ticonderoga, Putnam and Hague.

They’ve raised $3,000 so far, PRIDE Executive Director Sharon Reynolds said, and just got another $1,000 from Stewart’s Shops.

The Stewart’s Foundation in Saratoga Springs made the donation to PRIDE this month, Reynolds said.

“Our work is dependent on public funds to assist our low-income homeowners with emergency home repairs,” she said. “In an effort to have non-public funds available to address these emergency repairs in a timely manner, we created the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund. 

“We hope to continue growing the fund each year.”

She said they have a waiting list for repairs. PRIDE’s criteria for homeowners who have an emergency situation, such as a leaking roof or failed furnace, includes the same income eligibility guidelines as all PRIDE housing grants.

Those guidelines can be viewed under the Home Program on the website: www.prideofticonderoga.org.

The grants distributed to qualified candidates will range from $100 to $500 depending on the extent of the emergency and must be approved by the PRIDE Board of Directors, Reynolds said.

Sheridan Burleigh, president of the PRIDE Board, said the contribution from Stewart’s couldn’t have come at a better time.

“The Stewart’s Foundation has been a tremendous help to numerous nonprofits throughout the North Country,” he said in an email. 

“We applaud their mission and dedication to the many causes they represent.”

For more information on the qualifications for assistance with emergency repairs, call the PRIDE office at 585-6366, Ext. 103, or email info@prideofticonderoga.org.

Email Lohr McKinstry:

lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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