GILFORD – Gilford Community Church recently awarded two grants of $25,000 to the Lakes Region Mental Health Center and Lakes Region Community Developers, respectively. The awards were made possible by a substantial endowment donated to GCC by Barbara and the late Robert Daniell, which resulted in the creation of the Daniell Fund.
“Their generosity will allow us to make annual contributions to charities in the Lake District to better and improve the lives of people in our community,” noted GCC Pastor Michael Graham.
Regarding the rationale for the first annual disbursement of the Daniell Fund, Graham said their selection of the Lakes Region Mental Health Center and Lakes Region Community Developers reflects GCC’s concern with the housing crisis. .
“Due to inflation, inventory and the pandemic, housing supply has never been so short for those in need,” he said.
In terms of its use, the grant will help the Lakes Region Mental Health Center assist with the renovation of temporary housing on McGrath Street and the purchase of community housing for transitioning patients.
“We were thrilled to receive this gift,” said Maggie Pritchard, CEO of Lakes Region Mental Health Center. “With this, we can create, improve and expand our housing services given the urgent need of many people in our community, especially those affected by mental illnesses.”
At Lakes Region Community Developers, the grant will support the redevelopment of Gale School into a daycare center in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire.
“We are extremely grateful to have the support of Gilford Community Church,” said Carmen Lorentz, executive director of the LRCD. “This generous grant will ensure that we have the necessary funds for the final layout of the school.”
The $25,000 prize will also help LRDC develop a second location for Lakes Region Community Services, a nonprofit that serves individuals and families living with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders.
“The original intent of the Daniell Fund was to provide financial support for the betterment of the community of Gilford as a whole, so these projects certainly achieve that goal,” said GCC member Bob Souter.
GCC member Jessica Fleck, who sat on the committee that deliberated on beneficiary selection, agreed with Souter and said their hope was to make decisions for maximum benefit to the community. She said her work on this committee reflects GDC’s broader philanthropic mission, which is exemplified in its outreach committee of which she is also a part.
“It is the responsibility of the Outreach Committee to develop relationships and offer support to the community and beyond our borders through charitable donations and social actions,” she explained. . “The projects funded by the Daniell Fund have helped us achieve our larger mission.”
In addition to the $25,000 prizes, GCC has allocated funds for speakers and speakers with the goal of “educating and enlightening the community.”
“We are truly humbled and honored to be able to continue to carry out our mission as a force for love, good and unity in our community,” Graham said. “We thank the Daniell family for giving us the means to continue to do so.”
Located in Gilford, NH, GCC is an inclusive and open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all faith and cultural backgrounds. Viewable live on YouTube, services take place at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 19 Potter Hill Road. To learn more about GCC or attend the service virtually, visit gilfordcommunitychurch.org.