2022 MPT Grant Winner The STAR Project

STAR Project executive director Linda Scott accepts a check for $10,000 from Columbia REA’s Doug Case.

STAR Project executive director Linda Scott accepts a check for $10,000 from Columbia REA’s Doug Case. (also pictured left to right: Todd Love, case manager; Katie Rains, bookkeeper; Chastity Rutherford, housing coordinator)

Congratulations to The STAR Project of Walla Walla for being awarded the More Powerful Together Community Grant for 2022.

We had a tremendous response to our request for applications, and it was a very difficult decision for our selection committee. Seventeen applications for grant funding were received from a wide variety of organizations throughout the 3 counties we serve, and all were reviewed thoroughly and thoughtfully by a volunteer panel of Columbia REA staff.

After careful consideration, The STAR Project was chosen to receive the $10,000 grant to be used for the development of workstations for clients and staff, conference room facilities, and hardware and software upgrades.

STAR stands for Successful Transition and Reentry, and the STAR Project serves people with felony convictions in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties in Washington State. Services include transitional housing, mentoring, college and vocational application assistance, and job readiness. Historically, STAR has also provided pre-release assistance through teams of volunteers within the walls of Washington State Penitentiary.

“Most people do not have access to technology or the know-how to access these kinds of resources when they get out,” says Linda Scott, STAR Executive Director. “This is a huge relief for us to be able to now say, ‘okay, let’s go ahead with these programs because now we know we will have the environment and the equipment to do it properly.’”

We would like to thank every organization that applied this year for taking the time to do so, and we would like to invite all to apply again next year. Look for information regarding next year’s More Powerful Together Community Grant program in the Spring of 2023.