FOCUS receives post-quake grant help

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 13:29
  • The headquarters of FOCUS Inc. in downtown Eagle River was damaged in the Nov. 30 earthquake. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River nonprofit FOCUS Inc. has been awarded a one-time grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

FOCUS was identified as in need of the grant after its downtown Eagle River headquarters was damaged in the Nov. 30 earthquake. The special needs assistance provider was one of five Alaska organizations to share $75,000 in one-time grants after the groups suffered damage in the Nov. 30 earthquake.

“While the earthquake severely damaged our workspace, there is one foundation in Alaska that no earthquake can shake — the care and kindness of our community,” wrote FOCUS executive director Diane Poage in a press release announcing the grant. “The funds provided to us through Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority are greatly appreciated and come at a crucial time, supporting our immediate needs as we continue to provide services for families and work to restore a fully functioning workspace.”

Other groups receiving the grants included Catholic Social Services, Rural CAP, Volunteers of America and Presbyterian House.

Trust CEO Mike Abbott said several organizations helped provide funding for the grants.

“We hope these grant funds help our partners return to regular operations as soon as possible,” he said. “We appreciate the Foraker Group for leading on a post-quake assessment, and our community partners such as the Alaska Community Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, The United Way of Anchorage and the Mat-Su, the Mat-Su Health Foundation and others who are working to help Alaskan nonprofit organizations recover from this event.”

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