(From left) Paula Nixon, community relations, Ameren Illinois; Jamie Hoge, board member, Community Care Center; Debra Homyer, manager, Community Care Center; and Ollie Derr, board member, Community Care Center.
GRANITE CITY — Just in time for the holidays, Community Care Center received a $10,000 grant from Ameren Illinois to help replenish food supplies and help the center continue its mission of helping families in need throughout the winter season.
The center provides support to families experiencing financial hardships in Granite City, Madison, Venice, Pontoon Beach and Mitchell. Last year approximately 13,000 meals were served through the soup kitchen and more than 1 million pounds of food was handed out from the food pantry.
“While any donation we receive is significant to us, this donation is truly a blessing,” center manager Debra Homyer said. “It will provide almost half the annual cost of what it takes for us to operate our soup kitchen. It’s another example, to me, of how our entire community can participate to help meet the needs of those in our community who struggle for the most basic of necessity. We are so thankful and blessed.”
The grant funds were made available through the Ameren Cares program, which connects Ameren Illinois with the communities it serves through charitable giving and volunteering. Raymond Riddle, division director for Ameren Illinois, said a key focus of this program is to partner with nonprofit organizations like Community Care Center to improve the quality of life in Ameren Illinois’ service territory.
“The Community Care Center strives to make our community a better place by helping many families who are facing hardships,” Riddle said. “We are proud to support them in this effort and hope this contribution will help them continue to fulfill their mission and provide even more families with the help they need.”