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With votes from the community, Waterloo's House of Hope could be awarded $25,000

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State Farm's 'Neighborhood Assist' grant competition is underway.  They award the top 40 organizations who gain the most votes with $25,000, and a Waterloo organization is in the running this year.

House of Hope, a two-year transitional housing program for homeless single mothers and their children, was one of 2000 applicants for the grant competition, and are now one of the 200 finalists.  It's the only organization in the Cedar Valley in the running for the $25,000 grant money.

House of Hope applied for the grant for funding for the renovation of their new building, according to House of Hope Executive Director, Karin Rowe. Currently, they operate out of two older homes on Walnut Street, and now are renovating the former dentist office of Ross Christensen, located at 845 W. Fourth St. in Waterloo.  Thanks to the building being donated by the Christensen family, volunteers are now working to make the building into 15 apartments to serve House of Hope women and their children.  Classroom space will also be included.  The $25,000 grant money would aid in the many costs involved in such a renovation.

Voting for the 'Neighborhood Assist'  grant competition is taking place now until August 25.  Learn more about the House of Hope and how to help them in the competition by visiting their website.

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