Eagle Village receives B.E.S.T. Masonic Charitable Foundation grant

Walt Wheeler, Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation executive director, presents a $10,000 grant to Eagle Village President Cathey Prudhomme Thursday morning, with fellow Masons from Evart and Reed City. (Pioneer photo/Brandon Fountain)

HERSEY — A hefty grant from the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation will help Eagle Village continue its efforts to build a career and trade center at its campus.

Members of Evart Masonic Lodge No. 320 and Reed City’s Lou B. Winsor Lodge No. 363 arrived at Eagle Village to greet foundation executive director Walt Wheeler, who presented a $10,000 B.E.S.T. grant to the organization, which provides a variety of community and residential services to children.

Eagle Village president Cathey Prudhomme (left) speaks with Mason members from Reed City and Evart Thursday morning before the group went on a tour. Eagle Village was presented a $10,000 B.E.S.T. Michigan Masons Charitable Foundation grant, which will be used to help establish a career and trades center on the campus in Hersey. (Pioneer photo/Brandon Fountain)

Cathey Prudhomme, Eagle Village president, said the funds will help boost the current capital campaign for the career and trades center, which will provide residential children with an opportunity to expand their education beyond high school when it opens.

“For our older kids, the center will help them into the next step in their lives: adulthood,” she said. “The center will be certificate based to not only help them find a job, but launch them into a career.”

Prudhomme also explained that the services provided by Eagle Village, from foster care and adoption, intervention camps, Victor’s Edge community program, a team-building, resiliency program and its residential program, are all designed to provide a positive environment for children.

After hearing testimonials from a current resident at Eagle Village and one hoping to begin college this fall after graduating earlier this spring, the Masons proceeded on a tour of the nearly 700-acre campus.

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