THIS MONTH: United Way grant, diaper drive, & much more!
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United Way grant fuels transportation program

A Community Impact Grant from United Way of the Black Hills (UWBH) will help to drive OneHeart’s Transportation Program into next year.

UWBH awarded $10,000 to support the ride program that helps OneHeart guests obtain and maintain employment, get to and from school, and make it to off-campus appointments when other transportation options are not reliable or available.

Jamie Toennies, UWBH Executive Director, said the organization launched new grant opportunities designed to support nonprofits who are addressing the community’s greatest needs.

“Transportation is one of the biggest barriers keeping individuals from getting the supports and services they need," Toennies said. "We are pleased to help support OneHeart’s efforts to minimize this barrier so that their clients can get to the critical programs and services they need to be successful.”

OneHeart’s transportation program consists of a 10-passenger van and full-time driver. Morris Brewer, Jr., who joined the OneHeart staff earlier this year, says one of the biggest benefits is the peace of mind it gives guests.

“Transportation provides ‘at their door service’ for guests who do not have their own transportation, which alleviates the stress of obtaining a ride outside of the OneHeart facility,” Brewer said.

Nearly 800 rides have been given since the campus opened to guests in January, with the majority being for employment purposes.

Besides the obvious benefits of assisting guests who are working hard to improve their own lives, Brewer sees additional value in simply getting to know the guests outside the walls of OneHeart.

“To experience ‘window time’ with the guests and establish a rapport is priceless!” Brewer said.

OH, BABY!  OneHeart to host diaper drive Sept. 27-Oct. 1

In partnership with Volunteers of America's Mommy's Closet, OneHeart will collect diapers and other baby supplies during National Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

A Pack-and-Play will be set up in the HomeBrew Coffee Shop that week, and all diapers donated to OneHeart benefit babies and tots on our campus.

Many heartfelt 'thanks' to the following organizations:

Zonta Club of the Black Hills
The Zonta Club of the Black Hills donated several new Pack-and-Plays so the littlest guests at OneHeart have a nice place to rest their heads. Thank you, Zonta members, for your generosity!
Live Well Black Hills

Live Well Black Hills provided OneHeart guests with $20 gift cards for the Black Hills Farmers Market. The local initiative that promotes healthy eating, active lifestyles, and enhanced well-being also supplied information about the market's Double Up Food Bucks program.
Calvary Lutheran Church

Calvary Lutheran Church invited OneHeart to take part in the church's "Welcome Home" night on Sept. 1 - and donated toilet paper and paper towels to our campus community. We appreciate it!
First Interstate Bank

A crew from First Interstate Bank spent a few hours painting around OneHeart's courtyard during their annual Commitment to Community Volunteer Day on Sept. 8. The FIB Foundation also granted $250 to OneHeart to cover the supplies. Thanks for beautifying our campus!


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