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Safe Harbour has launched its annual campaign for 2017-18.

The yearly initiative raises financial and material support to sustain the nonprofit organization’s mission of providing housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families and helping them achieve independent living by increasing their basic life skills.

For the eighth consecutive year, F&M Trust is the corporate partner of the campaign. Tim Henry, president and CEO of F&M Trust, wrote the annual appeal letter that is sent to friends, neighbors, supporters and businesses in Cumberland County and beyond.

“Safe Harbour’s annual campaign garners critical resources that assist in providing housing and supportive services for those children and adults who are among the neediest in our communities,” Henry said. “Each year, our generous community graciously supports Safe Harbour’s mission and services. This significant outpouring of donations through the annual campaign is essential in gathering needed supplies and balancing the operating budget.”

F&M Trust has pledged $1,000 to the campaign. In addition, challenge funding will be available when 25 people or companies pledge $1,000 to the campaign. If this goal is reached, F&M Trust will provide an additional $2,000 donation.

A portion of the annual campaign features a “Linens and Things Campaign” to collect supplies at each of F&M Trust’s Cumberland County community offices. F&M Trust’s community office locations can be found on the bank’s website at

A laundry basket is located in each community office lobby in which donors can place new items including pillows, pillow cases, sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths and twin-size or full-size mattress covers and mattress pads.

Donations of other critically needed items will also be accepted, including diapers (all sizes) and personal hygiene products for adults and children, who make up approximately 30 percent of Safe Harbour’s client population. Personal hygiene products may include soap, shampoo and conditioner, shaving products (for men and women), lotion and feminine needs.

Safe Harbour provides a continuum of housing services for homeless individuals and families in Cumberland County. Safe Harbour’s services include operating an emergency shelter for families and single females who need a secure place to live and an environment to begin getting their lives under control; a bridge housing program that helps individuals and families in need of longer-term assistance to continue acquiring the skills necessary for independent living and a productive lifestyle; and single-room-occupancy permanent housing facilities that offer housing opportunities to single individuals who are ready for independent living, but need additional support.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.