LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., December 5, 2019 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 proactive grant to Heart House, Inc. in support of the homeless/transitional housing shelter’s general operations.

Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Ed Gordon, right, delivers a $1,000 grant to Craig Beckley, Director of Heart House, Aurora. The grant funds will support the general operations of the homeless/transitional housing shelter.

In a continuing effort to make an impact in the Dearborn County community, DCF is awarding 15 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2019. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members is recommending a grant. The source of the total of $15,000 in grants is the Foundation’s Community Funds (also known as Unrestricted Endowment Funds), established by donors to provide flexibility to DCF’s Board and staff to address changing needs in the community over the years.  

The $1,000 grant to Heart House was recommended by DCF Board Member Ed Gordon of Greendale. Heart House is a 72-bed homeless shelter on U.S. 50 in Aurora that serves individuals and families in need from Dearborn and four surrounding counties by providing food, temporary lodging and a personal redevelopment program to assist residents in developing life skills.

Gordon says Heart House and its staff deserve recognition. “They do such a great job of helping people in need and we don’t always hear about all the good work they do,” he said.

Anyone can make a contribution to a Community Fund at DCF and help make impact grants like the 15 DCF Board members are recommending in 2019. Thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VII initiative, DCF is able to provide a $2-for-$1 match ($2 match for $1 donation) for contributions to any new or existing Community Funds at the Foundation. For a list of the Community Funds (unrestricted endowments) and to learn more about the Foundation, call 812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn about other giving options.