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This document is dated February 5, 2009. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Foundation Grants Target Domestic Violence, Hunger, and Homelessness

Awards More than $650,000 in Human Services Grants

FORT WAYNE, IND., February 5, 2009 — Major grants from the Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping to heal the wounds of domestic violence and curb hunger and homelessness in Greater Fort Wayne. They are part of $656,400 in human services grants Lincoln Foundation recently awarded to 20 local nonprofit organizations.

An $85,000 grant will support the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana and its Healthy Families Initiative. Healthy Families includes four direct feeding programs in Fort Wayne. Farm Wagon delivers fresh produce, dairy products, and other perishable foods directly to inner city and rural neighborhoods in need. Community Cupboard provides "mom and pop" type "grocery stores" for the needy through local food pantries, soup kitchens, and youth or senior centers. The Crisis Assistance program offers emergency food assistance for families in immediate, urgent need of food, while Holiday Meals are provided to families in need during November and December.

The YWCA of Fort Wayne received $75,000 for its Domestic Violence Services. The program provides a continuum of care to victims of domestic violence, including crisis sheltering and intervention at the Women's Shelter, direct support for victims who aren't ready to enter a shelter through Outreach Services, and comprehensive individualized support for domestic violence survivors through the Steps to Success program. These direct services to domestic violence victims and their families provide safety, education, and supportive services that meet emergency needs and allow victims to regain control of their wellbeing.

Major human services grants:

  • Vincent Village — A $49,000 grant to support the Vincent House Transitional Shelter, which moves homeless families from emergency shelter to a level of self-sufficiency in which they are able to maintain stable permanent housing. The shelter serves about 35 families each year and is the only transitional shelter in Allen County serving two-parent families and families headed by a single male.
  • Allen County Council on Aging — A $45,000 grant for in-home services to the elderly that include the Home Assistant program, providing light housekeeping, laundry service, and help grocery shopping; the Handy Chore program, which provides help with minor plumbing and electrical repairs, accessibility modifications, and home maintenance; and TeleCare, a program of daily telephone reassurance calls and emergency response.
  • Visiting Nurse Hospice Home — A $45,000 grant to support the Charity Assistance Program for Hospice and Palliative Care. The Lincoln Foundation funds help patients and families who do not have insurance coverage or other resources, easing the financial burden on the families and allowing them to concentrate on their loved one's final days.
  • Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana — A $42,500 grant for the Client Advocate program, which provides cancer patients with client advocates who provide supportive counseling and act as the access point for financial and prescription assistance, durable medical equipment, health supplies and wigs, transportation assistance, and support groups.

Other human services grants:

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  • $32,500 to Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana for its Adult Day Care Center/Personal Development Center program for low-functioning adults with severe disabilities who cannot live independently.
  • $30,000 to the Community Transportation Network to expand providing specialized medical transportation to seniors, the disabled, and low-income individuals throughout Allen County.
  • $30,000 to Erin's House for Grieving Children to provide ongoing peer support for grieving children, teens, and young adults.
  • $30,000 to the League for the Blind and Disabled for DeafLink, which provides sign language interpreting and training, case management, advocacy, information, and referral services to the hearing impaired.
  • $30,000 to SCAN for family restorative services that establish stability within families and address the root causes of abuse and neglect.
  • $23,400 to Cedars HOPE for supportive services that help residents with mental illness break cycles of psychiatric crisis and homelessness, maintain their independence, and improve their self-esteem.
  • $23,000 to Hope House to provide substance abuse counseling, support groups, family groups, educational groups, and case management for homeless addicted women.
  • $20,000 to Family & Children's Services for the Family Support Center, which provides outpatient counseling services for individuals with behavioral health needs who are in danger of drug or alcohol addiction.
  • $18,000 to the Center for Nonviolence for nonviolence education programs for adults and young people aimed at preventing domestic violence.
  • $17,000 to Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne to provide emergency shelter, meals, and case management to homeless families while helping them return to self-sufficiency.
  • $15,000 to Aging and In-Home Services for its Family Caregiver program providing adult caregivers of the elderly support services such as information, access assistance, individual counseling, support groups and training, and respite.
  • $14,000 to Homebound Meals to provide nutritional meals to homebound individuals who are unable to prepare their own meals due to age, illness, or disabilities.
  • $12,000 to Children's Hope to provide families with a place of comfort and respite while they care for children who need intensive care and urgent medical attention.
  • $10,000 to Healthier Moms and Babies to provide monthly home visits to pregnant women with physical and psycho-social risk factors that make premature delivery likely.
  • $10,000 to Mustard Seed Furniture Bank of Fort Wayne to provide household furnishings to families and individuals who are rebuilding their lives after suffering a disaster, personal tragedy, or other misfortune.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts/culture, education/workforce development, and human services. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation allocated almost $3 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2008. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $82 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits. Lincoln Financial Group is listed on THE BCA TEN 2006: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America sponsored by the Business Committee for the Arts.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $200 billion as of September 30, 2008. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; mutual funds; managed accounts; institutional investments; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. Affiliates also include: Delaware Investments, the marketing name for Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries; and Lincoln UK. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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