Foundation that much closer to its goal of $4.3 million.
It wasn't long ago that things were looking up for members of the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina and their proposal of establishing a 12-patient hospice house facility in Franklin. The foundation had acquired a $1 million match grant from State Employees Credit Union and various private grants, and were on their way to securing a $100,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce with the help of the Town of Franklin. The grant, which is part of the N.C. Department of Commerce's building reuse grant, was contingent on the organization gaining the support of a local governing board that would contribute a five percent ($5,000) cash match to the project. In return for the grant, the organization must create a certain number of jobs.