|Press Release 05162011|
Educational Trust Awards Hardship Grant to Flood Victim
Southeast Tennessee Firm Hit Hard by Floods Uses Grant to Ease Expenses
DEERFIELD, ILL. — May 16, 2011 — Selected Independent Funeral Homes Educational Trust has awarded its first Hardship Grant of 2011 to Selected Member Legacy Funeral Home & Cremation Center Inc., of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., in the amount of $6,000.
The funds have primarily been used toward the cost of significant unreimbursed business expenses as a result of the damage caused by the deadly mid-April storms affecting the entire region.
Cade Williamson, president and owner of the firm, reported that more than four inches of rain fell in a thirty minute timespan when their business was hit with the flood during the fast-moving storm. The damage sustained by his business included several flooded vehicles, containers, supplies and facilities. Additional expenses incurred included water extraction and cleaning, dehumidifier and fan rentals, dumpster rental, furniture replacement, miscellaneous expenses (cleaning supplies and printed materials) and vehicle clean-up, all totaling more than $14,000 in costs not covered by insurance.
“We are accustomed to helping families through hardships and know that in our line of work, our colleagues never hesitate to help out someone in need,” said Williamson. “Now we’ve experienced the generosity of the Selected Trust during our own time of need and feel extreme gratitude and comfort knowing that we can count on our own.”
As soon as the Trust learned of the devastation in the area, the Board of Trustees quickly stepped in to help and awarded the grant within a matter of days.
“This is precisely the reason the Trust exists and raises funds – so that we can assist independent funeral homes in their time of need,” said Robert J. Paterkiewicz, Administrative Trustee for the Selected Educational Trust. “A funeral home represents a unique type of business that, similar to a hospital or school, is a vital community resource that must remain operational. We’re hoping that these funds helped bridge the gap in operational out-of-pocket expenses so that Legacy could continue serving their families and the surrounding community,” he added.
Legacy Funeral Home is the first applicant to be awarded the Hardship Grant since the program was created a year ago. The Trust plans to award up to two grants per year going forward.
The Hardship Grant is one of several programs of the Selected Educational Trust which was founded by Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a worldwide professional association of independent, locally-owned funeral homes founded in 1917. Any independently-owned and operated funeral home that has been adversely affected by a natural disaster, fire or flood is eligible to apply for the Hardship Grant, which is to be used to pay for operating expenses not covered by insurance and/or other needs as identified by the applicant.
When applying, the funeral home must be able to fully demonstrate its need for the Hardship Grant by supplying financial information pertaining to the operations affected along with anticipated insurance coverage. Membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes is not a requirement. A grant recipient is only able to receive the grant once in a twelve-month period, and once per event.
About Selected Independent Funeral Homes
Founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians, Selected Independent Funeral Homes (www.selectedfuneralhomes.org) is the world’s oldest and largest association of independently owned funeral homes. Members of the association are expected to operate according to specific standards and best practices in order to provide the public with reliable, high-quality funeral services and funeral-related information.
Lisa Gunggoll, LG-PR