SALT Receives Matching Grant from Fenimore Asset Management
SALT is pleased to announce that $250,000 has been donated to match the challenge grant that was awarded by international investment firm Fenimore Asset Management (FAM) last fall. Today Anne B.Putnam, Vice President for Fenimore Asset Management and FAM Funds, presented the matching award of $250,000 to SALT Executive Director, Sarah W. Goodrich and SALT Board Chair, Rev. Sherri Meyer-Veen.
The press conference occurred on Thursday, March 14 at 11:00a.m. in the gutted home of the Wetsel family, located at 177 Middlefort Road, Middleburgh, NY. The Wetzel family has been living with family for the past eighteen months and is anxious to return home but needs assistance to make it happen.
Rev. Sherri Meyer- Veen began with opening remarks to recognize the incredible accomplishments of SALTs partner agencies. “Catholic Charities reports giving $170,000 in direct assistance to 83 families; Schoharie County Child Development Council reports providing $500,000 in donated time, materials, and assistance to the community while working with 86 impacted families and 28 impacted employees; Schoharie County Office for the Aging reports giving $27,000 in direct assistance to flood impacted senior citizens; UMCOR reports serving 87 households and putting $7,400 in construction materials back into Middleburgh homes; Fields of Grace Outreach reports completing approximately 200 Rooms of Hope and contributing over $70,000 in cleaning and rebuilding supplies; not to mention the great work of Schoharie Recovery, assisting at more than 400 properties and distributing over $500,000 in materials and material reimbursements back into the homes of the Schoharie School district. In addition, many other agencies have supported the recovery efforts. SALT as the work of the collaborator,” Rev. Meyer-Veen continued, “has assisted in coordination, facilitated processes, and run a successful AmeriCorps program with over 30 VISTA and NCCC serving in the region. SALT’s direct service alone has assisted at over 100 properties, already putting $175,000 directly into homes with 22 approved projects in progress estimates totaling $75,000.”
In addition, SALT Executive Director, Sarah Goodrich shared the results from a comprehensive assessment that was recently undertaken to determine remaining unmet rebuilding and recovery needs throughout the Schoharie Creek basin and surrounding areas. Nearly 300 homes and businesses have significant ongoing needs. These needs vary greatly from cracked foundations and structural damage to homes which are partially rebuilt and need interior electric, plumbing and carpentry work, and some that are in need of elevations as well as some that need be completely rebuilt. There are also some which have been foreclosed or are on the market but have not been dealt with in any way regarding flood recovery.