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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Foundation awards grant to Meals on Wheels

the Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Lucille Lieb created the Frank, Anna, Madeleine and Lucille Lieb Memorial Endowment #3 as a memorial to her family and the generous support they gave to the poor and needy of the Spokane community. The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington has been managing this endowment since 1998 when it was created.

Through annual cash distributions, the endowment supports the House of Charity, programs of Catholic Charities assisting the poor, Our Place Community Ministries, and Immaculate Heart Retreat Center to help pay expenses for the poor and elderly to attend retreats.

There is a fifth recipient of the annual distributions. Lucille left it up to the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation to determine each year who that recipient will be. Her only direction is that the recipient should be a program that helps the elderly who are poor.

There have been many organizations helping the elderly who are poor that have received these annual cash distributions over the years. Recipients have included: DominiCare in Chewelah, Holy Family Adult Day Health, Wisdomworks, and L’Arche of Spokane. This year the Trustees have selected the Meals on Wheels program of Mid-City Concerns to receive the annual cash distribution from the endowment.

“With the vast cuts in government support of programs that help the poor and the elderly, Meals on Wheels is the best program to receive this help for this year,” said Bob Hailey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Meals on Wheels has delivered over 78,000 hot, nutritious meals to elderly, disabled homebound individuals in Spokane since 1967. In addition, they have served more than 15,000 lunches to seniors who are still able to come to the Mid-City Concerns Senior Center on Second Avenue.

This year, the amount of this special grant is $2,205, which Mollie Dalpae, Executive Director of Mid-City Concerns, said will give their Meals on Wheels program a great boost.

This special grant from the Catholic Foundation will be presented to representatives of Mid-City Concerns at a luncheon celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Catholic Foundation on May 25, when other grant recipients will also be honored.

The Catholic Foundation has made annual cash distributions to the beneficiaries of the various endowments managed by the Foundation every year since the first distributions in 1982, one year after the Foundation was established. Over these past 30 years, the Catholic Foundation has distributed more than $10.8 million back to the Catholic community. These distributions have helped provide funding for the annual needs of individual parishes, Catholic schools and social services programs (through Catholic Charities), as well as annual contributions toward priests’ retirement, the education of seminarians, religious education programs in parishes, and scholarships (through tuition assistance).

(For more information about endowments and providing income streams for programs and ministries, contact the Catholic Foundation Office: 509-998-0654.)


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