Our Community Place receives major grant from the Merck Foundation

HARRISONBURG, VA – Our Community Place (OCP) has received a $50,000 grant from the Merck Foundation to assist in its mission of empowering homeless residents of Harrisonburg. OCP will use the grant to expand its newly launched case management program, which supports community members as they seek housing, employment, crucial documents, health care, access to benefits, and financial management assistance. A portion of the funds will also be used to support the Young Jupiter Market Garden on Madison Street, which will supply produce to the OCP kitchen while providing supportive employment to unhoused community members.
 
The program expansion allows OCP to hire a full-time licensed social worker to augment the capacity of existing staff. The position is open immediately, and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Eric Olson-Getty at info@ourcommunityplace.org. More information about the position can be found at www.ourcommunityplace.org.
 
The mission of OCP is to build a safe, loving community of restoration and hope for all, especially those facing homelessness and other adverse experiences. For the past 11-years it has served over 8,300 free community meals per year at its location at 17 E. Johnson Street. The community center also provides basic services for those living on the streets, fun and educational trauma-informed activities, supportive employment, and case management.
 
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