Federal Stimulus Funds are helping locally. The Upper Rogue Community Center received $3,000 in Federal Stimulus Funds for rental assistance, announced Executive Director Steve Hauck. The center is able to give qualified Upper Rogue residents one time assistance for up to $400. To receive help, the applicant must have applied but not necessarily have been accepted for unemployment before July 2008.
For those not qualified for assistance under that criteria, the center also received money from the Walker Foundation for emergency, rental and prescription assistance, said Hauck. The foundation gave the center $13,000, however, not all is for direct assistance. Some of the money will go to administration.
Hauck wants residents of White City, Eagle Point, Shady Cove, Butte Falls and Prospect to know there is help available from the center through these trying economic times. Hauck said the money will be given out gradually so it will last through the end of the year. Applicants should call the center to make an appointment.
The thrift store is also the beneficiary of stimulus funds through the Job Council. Two positions funded by the Job Council will now keep the store open evenings and Saturdays and provide general assistance in the main building.
Store Manager, Tyler Hulsey, said new store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday is still 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Earlier this year, the West Family Foundation awarded a grant to the center for two commercial clothes washers and a dryer. Hauck said the new energy efficient appliances have made a tremendous difference in utility costs at the thrift store. Both electric and gas bills are much lower. A large amount of clothing is donated and must be washed before being sold.
The Upper Rogue Community Center is at 22465 Highway 62, behind city hall. For more information call 878-2702 and for the thrift store call 878-4990.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent