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Stephen Center Receives eBay Foundation Grant
Omaha, NE, July 5, 2011—Stephen Center, an organization committed to partnering with the community , families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty, announced today that it has been awarded a $4,864 grant from eBay Foundation's employee-volunteer led GIVE Team . The grant was made possible as a result of Ann Rollag, Robin Quick, and Shari Javorsky, PayPal employees, who recommended the organization for funding. Funds will be used to buy new dining room furniture at the Emergency Shelter.
"This grant will allow us to replace the aging tables and chairs in our dining room that are worn and unsafe," stated Del Bomberger, CEO of the Stephen Center. "We are very appreciative of the volunteers and employees of PayPal that recommended the Stephen Center for this grant."
The new furniture was made possible in part through eBay Foundation's GIVE Team program which empowers employees to support their communities through volunteerism and employee-sponsored grants. In 2010 alone, GIVE Teams worldwide selected 140 nonprofits to receive eBay Foundation grants totaling more than $600,000.
"eBay Foundation was established to reach beyond the boundaries of eBay's virtual village to develop strong communities that bring people together," said Lauren Moore, Executive Director of eBay Foundation. "Through our GIVE Teams, eBay Foundation has had the great fortune of feeding families in the San Francisco Bay Area, helping foster children in India, seniors in Germany, mentoring at-risk you in Omaha, and homeless in Austin—to name only a few. We couldn't be happier to add to our list of beneficiaries by supporting the Stephen Center in its efforts to provide safe and sanitary table and chairs for the guests of the Stephen Center, to provide adequate seating for everyone staying at the shelter and also the ability to stack and fold tables and chairs to provide additional room for guests beyond the beds that they currently have.
About Stephen Center
Stephen Center, Inc. has served the homeless and low-income men, women and children in Omaha since 1984. Stephen Center is the only “dry” emergency shelter in Omaha, focusing on assisting those who have made a commitment to overcome the life destroying effects of drugs and alcohol. Stephen Center operates three distinct programs: Stephen Center Emergency Shelter, Stephen Center HERO Program and Stephen Center Transitional Living Program.