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Brehon Awarded Grant From Tallahassee Democrat And Gannett Foundation

January 19, 2009

Brehon Institute for Family Services was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the Tallahassee Democrat and Gannett Foundation. According to Brehon Executive Director Jackie Malone, “We are delighted to receive this grant, especially in today’s economic situation. Non-profit agencies need funding now more than ever. This money will ensure our services remain consistent and that our families receive the level of quality programming they deserve. We are honored to have the support of the Tallahassee Democrat and Gannett Foundation.”

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 (the only of its kind between Pensacola and Jacksonville) 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 2008, Brehon assisted 2,799 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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