Williamsburg Nonprofit 3e Restoration Earns $100k State Grant

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Members of Williamsburg United Methodist Church with a client of 3e Restoration. (Courtesy of 3e Restoration)
Members of Williamsburg United Methodist Church with a client of 3e Restoration. (Courtesy of 3e Restoration)

3e Restoration, Inc., a Williamsburg nonprofit that supports individuals experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty through relational and holistic services, has received its first grant.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development awarded 3e Restoration $100,000, the maximum amount organizations could receive through the Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction grant program.

Tammy Harden, executive director of 3e Restoration, said this is the first grant the nonprofit has received since it was founded in March 2014. The funds will go toward the salary of a full-time housing-based care manager and provide rental assistance to up to 18 households, Harden said.

The nonprofit works with people in the Historic Triangle and beyond, recently sharing its model with churches in Fredericksburg and Dallas.

Developing relationships with individuals in need is 3e Restoration’s strategy for breaking the cycle of homelessness, but Harden said the nonprofit also “comes alongside” partner churches “as friends” to support the work they already do for vulnerable populations, such as offering emergency housing.

“We’re there to have that structured support and services for the people who are doing the work, which is the faith community,” Harden said.

The housing-based care manager will assist partner ministries with a system of support and service coordination, Harden said.

In the future, Harden said 3e Restoration would like to bring on a supportive employment manager who can help individuals who have secured housing continue on the path to self-sufficiency.

“Housing first is just one piece of it,” Harden said. “Emotional, cognitive, spiritual, social, physical – we try to help address all of those.”