St. Luke's donation will replace roof, make repairs at Brigid Collins Bellingham center

St. Luke’s Foundation donated $20,000 to replace the roof and other repairs at the Brigid Collins Family Support Center on Holly Street in Bellingham.

The facility hosts more than 2,000 families per year for children’s individual and group therapy, children’s medical exams, parenting classes, foster care support and other services.

While temporary repairs have already been made to the roof, leaks have continued to damage walls, moldings and carpet in children’s play areas.

The funding will provide a new roof and will also go toward replacing old carpet that is currently creating a potential trip hazard for children receiving services.

“This is part of a broader campaign to make improvements that we need to mitigate safety, access and structural issues and allow us to continue to provide child abuse prevention and intervention services,” said Byron Manering, Brigid Collins’ executive director, in a press release. “Funding from St. Luke’s will give us leverage to find resources for our other critical repairs.”

Located in the 107-year-old facility since 1999, Brigid Collins purchased the building in 2008.

In addition to the center’s services, the facility is also used regularly by the Whatcom Family and Community Network, the Whatcom County Sherriff’s Department, the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office, all local cities’ law enforcement departments and the Department of Children and Family Services.

St. Luke’s Foundation is a community organization dedicated to strengthening the community through support of health related projects and education.

Brigid Collins Family Support Center is a private nonprofit organization serving families throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties.  Their mission is to break the cycle of child abuse both by preventing child abuse and helping families to heal after abuse or neglect has occurred.

The nonprofit is online at www.brigidcollins.org.

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