September 19, 2020

Old Lyme Church Donates $25,000 to HOPE Partnership to Support its Affordable Housing Efforts

Gathered for the $25,000 check presentation are (from left to right): Loretta McCluskey, HOPE Operations Manager; Larry Freundlich, HOPE Board; David Carswell, HOPE President; Steve Jungkeit, FCCOL Senior Minister; Tony Lyons, HOPE Board; and Mary Tomasetti, FCCOL.

OLD LYME – The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) has made a $25,000 donation to the HOPE Partnership to help the nonprofit organization achieve its mission of building affordable housing along the Connecticut Shoreline and in recognition of the losses the Partnership experienced two years ago in its attempt to bring affordable housing to Old Lyme.

In making the contribution, Rev. Dr. Steven R. Jungkeit, the church’s senior minister said, “During its efforts to bring affordable housing to Old Lyme in 2018, the HOPE Partnership expended more than $100,000 on land deposits, architect fees, engineering fees and legal fees – a loss that has severely impaired its ability to continue its mission.  It is our hope that this contribution, which was made possible through the generosity of two anonymous donors, will help the Partnership recover from that loss and continue its good work  – and we encourage other individuals and charities to support the Partnership with additional contributions.”

In accepting the contribution, Tony Lyons, a volunteer leader and former board chair of HOPE Partnership, said, “HOPE is overjoyed by this expression of generosity and confidence in HOPE’s work, which will help the organization to recover from the losses incurred in 2018.  We are so grateful for our partnership with the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in promoting diversity and inclusion in our region.”

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