Kinross Fort Knox has donated $15,000 to Fairbanks Rescue Mission and to The Door, following the publication of a story about struggling services for the homeless.
The Fairbanks Rescue Mission, the Interior’s sole shelter for men, women and children, will receive $10,000. The Door, the only shelter in the Interior for unaccompanied youth, will receive $5,000.
Both organizations lost funding under reductions to the Basic Homeless Assistance Program. Alaska Housing Finance Corp. paid 80% of the lost grant funding to those organizations affected. Even with this help, FRM lost $62,000 and The Door lost $36,000.
Kinross External Affairs Manager Anna Atchison announced the donation Tuesday. She said the company’s Community Investment Committee had extra funding available this quarter and decided to make the donations right away after becoming aware of the need.
She wrote, “Our hope is that this will help both organizations by providing just a little bit of breathing room — it may perhaps help maintain a position or a certain program until the organizations develop a plan for continued services (if that is possible).”
The company hoped “that others in the community will be compelled to help, as well.”
Contact Cheryl Upshaw at 459-7572 or find her at Twitter.com/FDNMcity.