The Copperas Cove Scottish Rite donated $525 to Cove House this week, with more donations expected in January.
“The bottom line is that we recognize that the Cove homeless shelter is the only homeless shelter in the area and recognize the need,” said Chuck Downard, a member of the Scottish Rite, about the donation. “We have applied for matching funds with our parent organization in Waco, and funds will be released in January.”
Members of the civic group raised the money by conducting multiple fundraisers, including a pancake breakfast and a spaghetti dinner during the year, and then applying for matching funds.
“It is a practice we have been doing more than 10 years,” Downard said.
The Scottish Rite has conducted fundraisers for other nonprofit organizations and almost always receives a matching grant. Previous recipients include the Blue Santa Program, the vaccination program at the Copperas Cove fire station and Meals on Wheels.
The Scottish Rite chose to help Cove House because of the economic hardships people are facing and the number of unemployed people nationwide, Downard said.
Ben Tindall, Cove House executive director, said donations help in a number of ways.
“We couldn’t do without any of our donors,” he said. “It is through the organizations, groups and clubs, like the Scottish Rite that we are able to give. ... They are a huge blessing to our operation.”
The donation primarily will be used for purchasing food from the Capital Area Food Bank at about 13 cents a pound, which will feed multiple families.
“Gifts like this enable us to start the new year with a real strong footing,” Tindall said.
The Copperas Cove Scottish Rite has members from Copperas Cove, Kempner, Lampasas and Killeen.