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Partnership between two local organizations aims to aid the rehoming of more than 90 families

WILMINGTON, N.C., DEC. 19, 2022 – The New Hanover Community Endowment (NHCE) made an investment in the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, which, in partnership with the New Hanover Disaster Coalition, will provide household items and furnishings for more than 90 families from the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) who were displaced from their homes due to mold-related issues.

“I appreciate the efforts of the Wilmington Housing Authority to rehome displaced families in our community and am thrilled the endowment has an opportunity to come alongside their efforts, as well as the efforts of the CCDR, to ensure these families return to safe, newly-furnished homes,” said William Buster, the CEO and president of the NHCE.

Furniture and household essentials will be provided by The Green Chair Project, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that collects and reuses essential furnishings for families in need. The partnership will help supplement WHA’s budget to ensure that all families receive enough furniture to replace what was lost.

“This grant money and partnership is about providing these families with the comforts and necessities to make moving home as seamless as possible,” said Emilie Hart, the coastal regional director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh.

Once the program does launch, the organizations aim to provide furniture cash stipends or vouchers for residents to pick out the furnishings needed.

“Not only will this grant allow us to ensure these families have all they need to rebuild the homes they’ve lost, but doing so through The Green Chair Project, which is known for its quality items, allows us to bring dignity to a really tough situation,” said Derek Macleod, director of the New Hanover Disaster Coalition.

Earlier this month, the New Hanover Community Endowment announced its first 110 grant partners through the Cape Fear Opportunities and Needs program, after soliciting applications from the community throughout the month of September. This independent project and partnership mark the first of many opportunities ahead to respond to the needs of the community.


About NHCE

The New Hanover Community Endowment’s mission is to improve the health, education, safety and economic opportunity of every person in the New Hanover County community. The organization seeks to identify and address the root challenges in these areas, aiming for long-lasting and deeply impactful solutions.

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