MicroGrants Extends Its Reach to Collier County, Florida!


January 25, 2012

(Naples, FL) The successful Minnesota-based MicroGrants program designed to help those who have overcome life’s obstacles in pursuit of their dreams has extended its reach to Collier County. Collier County individuals struggling to make ends meet are awarded $1,000 to help them become self-sufficient. Based on past recipients’ results, the average income of a MicroGrant recipient increases annually by over $12,000.
Tim Sullivan, a former St. Matthew’s House resident and Justin’s Place graduate, is the first local MicroGrant award recipient.
Tim was homeless, battling a drug and alcohol problem and extreme insecurities. Through the Justin’s Place faith-based program, he was able to overcome his addictions and rediscover his validity. A window washer for the past 15 years, Tim will use his Microgrant award to start his own window-washing business. As part of the application process, he was able to demonstrate to the grant committee that his award will be used toward this goal. Where he used to climb ladders to wash windows, Tim will soon be able to climb the ladder of success. For more information about the Microgrants program, please contact Chuck Garrity at 239-261-6360 or go to MicroGrants.net. For more information about St. Matthew’s House, please contact Julie Clay at 239-298-5026.

About Microgrants Progam
MicroGrants, a 501 (c) (3) organization based in Minneapolis, MN, was founded in 2006 by Joe Selvaggio, founder of Project for Pride in Living, a nonprofit organization promoting self-sufficiency through housing, training and resources as well as the founder of the One Percent Club, an organization promoting philanthropy among the wealthy. Mr. Selvaggio is known as the “Dean of Minnesota Giving”. Chuck Garrity, a Microgrants board member and founder/CEO of Intelligent Financial Strategies, has expanded the program to Southwest Florida beginning this year. Their goal is to award 12 Microgrants to deserving Coller County recipients in 2012. St. Matthew’s House and Habitat for Humanity are the partner organizations for this locally-based chapter of Microgrants.

About St. Matthew’s House
The mission of St. Matthew’s House is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as providing housing for the homeless and food for the needy. A 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, SMH, along with Immokalee Friendship House, has been serving the homeless, hungry and hopeless in Collier County since 1987. SMH is the only emergency housing and recovery program in the county, offering 170 beds for men, women, and families. Serving meals at Justin’s Place, SMH is also the only feeding ministry in Naples, as well as operating three thrift stores, two food pantries, a full service catering company, a substance abuse recovery program, Wolfe Apartments transitional affordable housing, and a direct assistance program to individuals and families in need.