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New TowerCares Foundation Makes First Five Grants

Laurel, MD—TowerCares Foundation has announced its first five grants to recipients that range from an organization that helps veterans recover from trauma to a shelter that provides transitional and emergency services for homeless families.

Maryland Therapeutic Riding and Sarah's House, along with USO Metro's Fort Meade Chapter, Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation and the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation, received $2,500 each, for a total of $12,500, from TowerCares Foundation.

The foundation was formed earlier this year to assist children in need, as well as brave and heroic individuals and their families who sacrificed while protecting our freedom. "We are pleased to be able to make this first round of grants relatively soon after our initial launch," said TowerCares President, Martin Breland. "They represent the type of support TowerCares Foundation will engage in."

Maryland Therapeutic Riding will use the grant to further its Military Ridership program, which provides equine therapy for military personnel and veterans. "This will help us continue a high quality, safe program for people who need it so much," said Maryland Therapeutic Riding Executive Director Cathy Rosenbaum. "Though unique, this kind of therapy has proven very effective. Successes include wounded soldiers starting to reengage and get their lives back."

At Sarah's House, a transitional homeless shelter, the grant will help support licensed daycare for the children of families staying at the facility. Through access to this childcare, parents are able to seek employment or job training that can ultimately help them escape homelessness.

Fort Meade Alliance will use the grant as part of the Kenneth O. McCreedy Scholarship fund. The scholarships help students who have a financial need and are graduating from Fort Meade High School with plans to study science, technology, engineering, math (STEM subjects), or linguistics in college.

The grant for Hospice of the Chesapeake will assist the We Honor Veterans program, including the Annual Veteran's Day Event. The grant will also provide funding for the hospice's ongoing Honor Salute Program, where active military personnel provide a final salute to veterans who are in hospice care.

The Fort Meade USO grant will help fund a new program where military personnel and their families are treated to a night out.

For more information about the TowerCares Foundation, visit towercaresfoundation.org.

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