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Brehon Receives Grant From Charles A. Frueauff Foundation

January 16, 2009

This month Brehon Institute for Family Services was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation of Little Rock, Arkansas. The Foundation’s mission is “to improve the lives of those in need by awarding grants to non-profit agencies and institutions in the areas of higher education, social services and health and hospitals.” According to Brehon Executive Director Jackie Malone, “This grant couldn’t come at a better time for us and will positively impact families in our area. We are truly grateful to the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation for recognizing the work we do.”

Brehon Institute for Family Services, a local non-profit agency, has served the Big Bend area for 30 years. Its services promote healthy babies and prevent child abuse and neglect. Programs include Brehon House, a Tallahassee shelter for homeless pregnant women and their infants; Healthy Families Gadsden and Healthy Families Leon, a voluntary, home-visitation program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect; and Project SAFE (Support and Family Education), a home-visitation service for at-risk women in Madison and Taylor counties. In 2007, Brehon assisted 1,371 individuals with shelter, family support and parent education. In that same year, Brehon House residents had a 100% success rate in locating permanent housing after their maternity home stay. The Brehon name is of Gaelic origin, whereby an ancient Irish tribe considered it a privilege to offer a welcome, roof, sustenance and warmth to travelers.

For more information about Brehon Institute for Family Services contact Jackie Malone or Shirley O’Rear at 850/656-7110.

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