Grant helps repave Fellowship Club lot

A Heritage Fund grant helped facilitate recent upgrades at the Columbus Fellowship Club, 725 Jonesville Road, which is visited by hundreds each week on their road to recovery, fund officials said.

The nonprofit CFC serves as many as 35 different meetings weekly for individuals seeking substance abuse recovery through 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Alateen, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and Adult Children of Alcoholics since its establishment in 1981.

The two well-traveled parking lots had deteriorated to the point of needing extensive reconstruction and resurfacing because of age issues, including uneven sloping, potholes and erosion, according to Heritage Fund, which awarded a $50,000 Community Fund grant in November toward the parking lot revitalization recently completed by C.A.S.E. Construction.

“The Columbus Fellowship Club does a remarkable job of supporting many people and families, primarily on a volunteer basis. We were delighted to be a part of the solution for the parking lot upgrade. It will enable the club to focus on their critical mission of serving their memberships needs,” HFBC Grants Chairperson Lori Thompson said.

The $103,000 project, also supported by Columbus Regional Health Foundation, Custer and Nugent Foundations and First Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, has helped ensure that the 35-year-old facility continues to be a safe and welcoming space for those seeking support for substance abuse and related disorders.

Through the support of community members, HFBC annually distributes about $600,000 to $700,000 in grants to local nonprofits from the unrestricted Community Fund.