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Grant helps True Ridge go mobile

True Ridge plans to create a mobile office with a grant from the Perry N. Rudnick fund through the Community Foundation of Henderson County Foundation.

It had been a dream of Executive Director Lori Garcia McCammon since True Ridge began in 2017 to be able to reach underserved vulnerable Hispanic/Latinx neighbors where they live, work, study and worship. Thanks to the grant, True Ridge was able to purchase a seven-passenger vehicle.

“We are so grateful for this grant from Perry N. Rudnick,” Garcia-McCammon said. “This grant will allow staff to transport clients to court appointments and other service providers. True Ridge Mobile Outreach will allow us to get to our clients’ place of employment during their breaks, as well as their homes. Many of our clients do not have drivers licenses, therefore they cannot get to our office. The ability to meet clients where it is most convenient, to assess their needs, sign documents, or move a family to a safe place, is truly a blessing.”

The Rudnick grant paid for a mobile office and vehicle insurance for six months. Additionally, Safe Kids WNC, through MAHEC, donated three child safety seats. The Henderson County Health Department Child Passenger Safety Program donated two child safety seats.

Formed in 2017, True Ridge offers a safe place for members of the community to receive culturally appropriate relevant bilingual services, report crimes (domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes), short and long-term case management, court accompaniment, interpretation and translations, referrals to community services and immigration consultations by a licensed attorney. For more information, visit True Ridge’s Facebook page and Instagram account, @trueridgeorg.