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June 4, 2014

Vashti Center Receives $69,000 grant


The Vashti Center was recently selected as a 2014 grant recipient of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation.

Vashti CEO, Ralph Comerford, said the grant of $69,000 will be used to upgrade the living quarters of 20 residential children housed on Vashti’s campus.

They plan to purchase new beds, mattresses, bureaus, desks, chairs, night stands, carpeting and paint for the cottage.

Residential Program Director, Arlisha Wildgoose, said, “Our youth are very rough on their living areas. When they first arrive, they are often very stressed, and it’s not unusual for  them to release their stress on the surroundings, resulting in broken furniture and scarred walls. As the children progress, they leave these behaviors behind.”

The facility improvements will give the cottage a much-needed facelift and provide a calming and healing environment for the children.

Founded in 1903, The Vashti Center is a non-profit, faith-based ministry that provides residential and community mental health services for troubled children, youth and their families. Vashti serves the counties of Thomas, Brooks, Colquitt, Decatur, Grady and Mitchell.

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