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LFHC RECEIVES COVETED PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS RECEIVES COVETED PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

September 24, 2010, Brooklyn, NY…Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) is one of two New York City organizations and one of only 21 nationally to be awarded the Promise Neighborhood planning grant. The $498,614 grant provides a year of planning, analysis and project development to help improve the educational and developmental outcomes of local children.

The award was announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, at a press conference on September 21.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for the Lutheran Family Health Centers network to facilitate a community response that supports our most vulnerable assets - our children," said Larry K. McReynolds, executive director, Lutheran Family Health Centers. "We are extremely pleased to bring the Promise Neighborhood project to Sunset Park and we are even more pleased to see federal dollars help support the initiative. For us it's about living our mission and helping to improve neighborhoods by creating 'long-term' sustainable support systems."

Promise Neighborhoods were part of President Obama's campaign platform in which he requested $210 million in the 2011 budget to implement the program. Over 300 communities across the U.S. applied for the planning grant; twenty-one winners were selected – and only two neighborhoods in New York City: the Lutheran Family Health Centers in Sunset Park and the Abyssinian Development Corporation in Harlem.

The Promise Neighborhood project is based on the success of the Harlem Children's Zone, which provides comprehensive support for children and families from pregnancy through college and career. During the planning year, Lutheran will work with community residents, the community board, elected officials, faith-based and other community based organizations, Brooklyn College, the Center for the Study of Brooklyn, and four schools in a 50-square-block area around Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park.

For more information please visit the following U.S. Department of Education link http://tinyurl.com/PromiseRelease.

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