WEST PORTSMOUTH — The Southern Ohio Social Work Association and Health Care Alliance (SOSWAHCA) held their 25th annual Christmas meeting on Friday, donating $600 to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s (SOMC) Hospice’s Community Giving campaign, and to The Broken Needs a Healing ministry.
The meeting was held at MEX-Italy Restaurant in West Portsmouth, and Susan Goins, Bereavement Coordinator of SOMC Hospice program, and president of SOSWAHCA, said annual giving is one of their top priorities.
“We pick a philanthropy every year to give money to an organization to help them with their funding, and of course to better our community,” Goins said. “We try to do it for the elderly and the young in our community as well. One of the things that we did this year is bought a microwave for a lady, who basically cooked all of her food in the microwave. She received home-delivered meals through Adult Protective Services, and so we did that. Also, we are helping, The Broken Needs a Healing organization. Then, with Hospice we are expanding our Hospice unit, and the director of fundraising at SOMC, Mary Arnzen asked if we could make a donation to that effort as well. But this year we have chosen two philanthropies, and are donated to two checks to each, both in the amount of $300.”
Rocky Dunkin, Stacey Skaggs, both are board members of The Broken Needs a Healing,’ and were present at the SOSWHCA meeting to receive the $300 donation for their ministry.
“Right now we are in the process of opening a facility in the east end of Portsmouth, and last night we had a meeting with an investor, and hopefully by May or April of next year we will have a resource building set up in there in the east end. We are going to put washers and dryers in for the homeless in the community, so that they can come in and wash their clothes. We’re going to have a resource center where people can come in get trained for a job,” Dunkin said. “Through the summer we feed a lot of people in the east end, but once we get the building built we will be able to help people about six days a week. It should be able to hold about 100 people. We greatly appreciate the Southern Ohio Social Work Association’s gift. It is truly a blessing, and we be helpful for the expenses that are needed for the building.”
For more information regarding SOSWAHCA, 740-356-2676.
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