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Thrive awarded $150,000 Melvin R. Lane grant

The Board of Directors and Staff of Thrive announced the award of a Melvin R. Lane capacity building grant through the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


The award is for $150,000 over three years. The mission of the Melvin R. Lane Fund is to increase the capacity of organizations that provide supportive services for people in need, youth, the elderly and mentally and/or physically disabled people.

“I am humbled to receive this three-year capacity building grant to further our work in ending homelessness for individuals and families as well as helping adults with behavioral health instability move from surviving a crisis to thriving in our community,”  Executive Director Kristen Martin said.

The Melvin R. Lane fund is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitated $18 million in charitable giving last year. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. More information can be found at

Members of the Thrive Board and staff participated in an extensive organizational assessment to identify strengths, challenges, and priorities for improvements. The grant will help Thrive expand staff capacity and resources to develop a more diverse and sustainable income stream, provide increased services to clients, and conduct a facilities study for future planned expansion.

"These funds will allow Thrive to help those with behavioral health and those experiencing homelessness in Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties," Thrive Board President Jolie Singletary said. "I am so proud of the work that Thrive does and I look forward to a strong future of service to our community.”

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