The Klee Foundation has awarded $75,000 to the Friends of Broome County Public Library to launch an initiative to help those in need.
JoAnne Hanrahan, president of the group that supports the Binghamton Library, said the program will help homeless people as well as those struggling with issues like addiction, depression or mental illness.
Hanrahan said library director Josias Bartram worked with his organization to develop a “peer support partnership” project. The grant money will fund the new program for two years.
Speaking on WNBF Radio Now program, Hanrahan said she hopes the initiative becomes a permanent program “that can help our community right around the library.”
The new program will operate in a room near the library entrance at 185 Court Street. It is scheduled to open next Monday morning using peer counselors from Broome County Catholic Charities.
Hanrahan said many people who visit the library need help. Some use the library to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer.
Hanrahan said the Klee Foundation grant is the largest donation the Friends of Broome County Public Library has received.
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