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$500,000 will help fund apartments for disabled in Gastonia

The nonprofit Gaston Residential Services Inc. has received a $500,000 contribution from the W. Duke Kimbrell Family Foundation to help build an apartment complex for people with disabilities in Gastonia.

The board of directors will use the gift to match contributions from the North Carolina Finance Agency, the city of Gastonia and the nonprofit Reinvestment in Communities to complete the $1 million project.

“We are very, very fortunate to get this gift,” said Rita Thuot, executive director of Gaston Residential Services. “Funding is shrinking. It’s important to this community that we can continue to operate and provide services.”

The Kimbrell gift recognizes the nonprofit’s mission is “supported and valued by leaders in our community,” she said.

Dean Carpenter, Gaston Residential board chairperson, said in a release that “Duke and Dottie Kimbrell have done many great things for Gaston County.

“They have personally invested in the community to the benefit of all citizens, and now they have made it possible for more individuals with disabilities to live in safe and comfortable apartment homes of their own.”

For 38 years, Gaston Residential has focused on a community program that provides residential services, employment and other services to adults with disabilities in Gaston County.

The program serves 100 people in their homes, group homes or in 15 single-unit apartments and also provides employment for 150 people.

Thuot said the new apartment complex, which will be built on Second Avenue this fall, will have eight units, each 700 square feet with a living room and kitchen. Seven apartments will have one bedroom, and one unit will have two bedrooms.

Gaston Residential staff will be available to provide services, Thuot said.

For more information about Gaston Residential Services Inc. go to www.grsinc.org.

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