The Lions Step In
“When we tried to reopen post-Katrina we really ran into a problem. We had no funds to buy new equipment,” said Nancy Ann Sherman, a Biloxi Lions Club member and TLC therapist. “The building and all the equipment were lost. I went to my club and said the place where I work is in need, and they backed me up 100 percent.” The local Lions were able to raise funds and secure a grant of nearly US$100,000 from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to help the center reopen.
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After Hurricane Katrina, Sharon Patterson and her daughter Stacey came to TLC to learn about and try out different technology. “This device cost over $6,000,” explained Sharon. “Having the equipment so I can use it first to make sure that it is going to properly work for her is great.” According to Sara Jackson, director, TLC, “We are very grateful for the compassion of groups like the Lions club that could see there was value in helping us rebuild the program. It’s inspired us to continue with our mission.”
Local Lions secured a grant of nearly US$100,000 from LCIF. The grant allowed Lions to replace specialized equipment and help resume services to the community after Hurricane Katrina struck the center.