United Way provides grant to keep Ferry Street Center open in Niles

Just in the nick of time, funding is found and a community resource center is saved.

Friday the Ferry Street Center in Niles received a 10 thousand dollar plus check from the United Way of Southwest Michigan.

The money will keep the center open the rest of this summer. Recently funds for the Ferry Street Resource Center ran out at the end of June when the city of Niles requested HUD follow their fiscal calendar. That means the center wouldn't be funded until October.

State Senator John Proos stepped in and suggested the United Way help out.

The center provides resources for adults and children with a computer lab, summer camp, tutors for students and free lunches for kids this summer.

“It was really at the eleventh hour that we found out and at one point I was really in denial. I said no we're not going to close. But when we got news I just jumped for joy said thank you Jesus, we can continue,” says Ferry Street’s director Lisa Busby.

“It is these kind of connections you want to have, bringing the right resources together for the right kind of project,” says State Senator John Proos. “I'm glad the United Way could be there will all the contributors throughout Southwest Michigan seeing their dollars being put to good use.”

The United Way says they will wait and see how the next three months go before they decide whether to include the center as a permanent agency.

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