IMG_8885Harry Taylor — Contributing Writer

Macon Citizen’s Habilities, Inc. (MCH) recently received a two-pronged financial grant from the Evergreen Foundation of Waynesville, a gift that will allow MCH to enhance, not only its clients’ safety, but their physical comfort as well.  After the June board meeting, the Evergreen Foundation announced grants they were awarding to MCH and other similar organizations in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina.  MCH is a private, non-profit organization which provides residential services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Macon and Jackson counties.  It also provides a day program and can provide alternative family living arrangements.

According to MCH financial director, Robert Edwards, representatives of the Evergreen Foundation came to Franklin in April 2016 to meet with Macon County organizations to introduce them to the purposes of the foundation and the grant monies available.  MCH applied for a grant before the May 31st deadline and received the approval notice in June.

The grant provided for two things:  first, it would pay 80 to 85 percent of the cost of installing three industrial fans in the cavernous day program building.  The equipment from the Big Ass Fan Company (BAF) of Lexington, Kentucky, consists of slow-turning, high volume 16-foot fan blades that help to cut energy costs and raise the comfort levels of the clients using the facility.  (Side note:  the name of the fans actually came from customers who persisted in referring to the fans in that manner.)The second provision supplies half the cost of a new handicap accessible van up to a maximum of $25,000.

The Evergreen Foundation was formed in 1977 as a not-for-profit company which has expanded its financial grants and services to private service providers of intellectual/developmental, substance abuse and behavioral health providers.  Additional information about MCH and its services may be obtained online at Macon Citizen’s Habilities, Inc. or contacting Robert Edwards at