Moving Assistance Program gets community award
Argus Leader Staff reports • May 5, 2009
Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation has chosen the Moving Assistance Program as the winner of its 2009 Community Spirit Award.
The program was launched early in 2008 by the Church of the Good Shepherd, an Episcopal parish. The congregation wanted to assist people looking to move to safer, more affordable housing, but who maybe didn’t have a vehicle, packing boxes or someone to help them with the move.
Craig Friedel, president of the M.A.P. board of directors, accepted the award and a $2,500 grant from the community foundation on April 30.
The program started with $3,000 from the community foundation to get up and running, including $170 for tape dispensers; $550 for packing tape, labels, and gloves; $600 for their phone service; and a about $1,600 for office supplies and liability insurance.
Since the community foundation awarded M.A.P. its initial grant, the all-volunteer agency has helped 100 individuals. Eighty-three percent had physical or mental disabilities, 23 percent were elderly, 22 percent were victims of domestic violence, and a third involved families with children.
Agencies such as HELP!Line Center, the Center for Active Generations, and Children’s Inn make referrals to M.A.P.