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Methodist donation aids Safelight's Dandelion program

Safelight director Tanya Blackford accepts a check from Amy Treece, a board member and First United Methodist Church member. Safelight director Tanya Blackford accepts a check from Amy Treece, a board member and First United Methodist Church member.

First United Methodist Church Local Missions Grant Program donated $6,000 to Safelight to support the Dandelion Job Training Program, which provides job training and support for adult survivors of trauma.
Amy Treece, a church member who serves on the Safelight Board of Directors, and church Missions Team Leader Dick Weaver presented the check to Safelight’s Executive Director, Tanya Blackford on Friday, Dec. 3.
“We are excited to partner with FUMC in our job training efforts,” said Blackford. “Because of this grant, more clients will learn new job skills, gain self-confidence, and realize their own self-worth through the internship program at either Dandelion Café or the Safelight Resale Store.”
Safelight internships prepare approximately 30 trauma survivors for the workforce each year by teaching marketable skills in a supportive and nurturing environment. These skills include financial budgeting, personal responsibility, effective communication, teamwork, organization, and time management.
“Our Missions Team at FUMC is excited to be a part of such a life-changing program here at Safelight,” Weaver said. “We know the grant is necessary to continue the program, but additionally, we are happy to offer mentorships to those who complete the program and need further support. Many of our members already volunteer with Safelight, so fostering this relationship gives us even more opportunities to serve and share with them.”