BEATITUDE HOUSE Grants to go to women in need

The group helps homeless and low-income women to get a new start.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Beatitude House, a nonprofit organization helping homeless and low-income women to get back on their feet, is $56,000 richer thanks to several recent donations.
Teresa Boyce, the group's developmental director, said the grants and gifts came when the organization was in a difficult financial situation and donations were down.
Two grants of $25,000 each from the Youngstown Foundation and the William Swanston Charitable Foundation will help Beatitude House's capital expenditures and Child Advocacy Program, respectively.
"The Child Advocacy Program provides parenting classes for mothers," Boyce said. "A child advocate also takes the mothers' children to the zoo."
Two grants
The Senator Maurice and Florence Lipscher Charitable Trust contributed a $1,000 to help defray utility expenses, while the Ministry Fund of the Sisters of Notre Dame sent $5,000 to be used for the education and career preparation program.
Beatitude House provides transitional housing for homeless women and career preparation for homeless and low-income women. The transitional housing program provides two-year housing for homeless women with children, while the career preparation program features such sessions such as computer literacy, GED classes, job preparation and financial management.