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State Awards $172 K Grant to SARAH Foundation

Published 03/17/2014 12:00 AM
Updated 03/17/2014 05:33 PM

By Pam Johnson

On March 14, state lawmakers representing Guilford praised a decision naming SARAH Foundation as the recipient of a state grant of $172,676.

Guilford Rep. Pat Widlitz (D-Guilford, Branford) and Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) were among local lawmakers (including Rep. Lonnie Reed, D-Branford and Rep. Vincent Candelora, R-North Branford) welcoming the grant for the Guilford-based SARAH Foundation.  

The foundation is the fundraising and development arm for the SARAH family of agencies, including SARAH Inc., SARAH Tuxis and SARAH Seneca. The agencies provide programs and services for Connecticut people with intellectual and other disabilities.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the SARAH Foundation grant last week along with funding for other non-profit organizations around the state.

“Partnering with these organizations is a smart fiscal investment to ensure that these agencies can continue to provide services while doing so in an efficient, cost-effective way,” Governor Malloy said, in a statement released to the press. “This is the largest commitment our state has made to support and invest in these community-based organizations that provide critical services to individuals in every city and town in our state.”

SARAH will put the money toward building renovations and information technology improvements to better serve clients, said Widlitz; who is also House chair of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

“As a member of the State Bond Commission, I enthusiastically cast my vote in support of the governor’s initiative to assist our non-profit providers with grants for capital improvements,” said Widlitz. “SARAH is such an important part of our community, providing essential services to individuals with disabilities and significant challenges. We are so fortunate to have the benefit of their outstanding service which makes such a difference in the quality of life of many of our friends and neighbors.”

Meyer described SARAH Inc. and other community organizations benefiting from the state investment as playing a “…a critical role in Guilford and all of Connecticut's other cities and towns.”

“The renovations and other work that Sarah Inc. made with the state's assistance will allow them to better advocate for their clients and provide increased services to those living with intellectual and physical disabilities. Our community is better for their efforts, and I am proud to announce that Connecticut is continuing our effort to support the noble work of these nonprofits,” said Meyer.

ITALIC: Learn more about the SARAH Foundation at www.sarahfoundation.org

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