FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2012
Durst Donates $1,000 to Emergency Shelter; Money Will Purchase Mattresses
CLINTON, Wis. — The Durst division of Regal Beloit Corporation made a charitable donation in the amount of $1,000 to Hands of Faith, 737 Bluff St. in Beloit, as part of the company’s ongoing support of the local community. Hands of Faith, a 14-bed emergency shelter, works closely with more than 20 congregations in the Greater Beloit area to deliver shelter services and case management to needy families.
The $1,000 donated by Durst will pay for new mattresses used by families enrolled in the shelter, according to Jeff Hoyt, Executive Director of Hands of Faith. Hoyt accepted the donation from Bernie Nielsen, Durst’s Vice President and General Manager, during a presentation ceremony at the Durst corporate headquarters in Clinton, Wis. Dozens of Durst staff gathered on the front lawn to witness the presentation.
“This donation means a lot to me both professionally and personally,” Hoyt said. “I have admired Regal Beloit for a long time. Durst is a good corporate citizen, and I will cherish the opportunity to work with the company.”
The interfaith hospitality program is affiliated with the national Family Promise organization based in Summit, N.J. Hoyt said day-time operations are housed at 737 Bluff St., while evening shelter is available at member churches. Participating congregations rotate to host families overnight each night on a weekly basis. Volunteers assist with meals, transportation and social support for guest families who are without housing for themselves and their children. Families with a dependent child or children account for all enrolled persons in the shelter.
Case management services allow homeless families to reestablish a stable place in the community and prevent future episodes of homelessness. These services include referrals, vocational counseling and housing counseling.
Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, Hands of Faith has been a member of the Stateline United Way since 2005. Hoyt is the organization’s only full-time employee. He has a part-time assistant and an operating budget for 2012 of $102,000.
“We just took in a family of eight with six children the other day,” Hoyt said. “The shelter is serving a couple of smaller families as well at this time. Being able to receive extra funding is extremely helpful.”
“Helping families in duress in this country is something that is needed,” Nielsen said. “Sometimes we don’t realize how fortunate we are. Durst is here to support Hands of Faith as best we can going forward. If you are going to put a buck anywhere, helping families is the place to do it.”
Durst, a Regal company headquartered in Clinton, Wis., is a worldwide leader in gear drives and transmissions. Durst boasts one of the most comprehensive mechanical power transmission product offerings for on- and off-highway and specialty vehicle equipment in North America. With over 75 years of industrial experience, Durst offers full design, development and test capabilities utilizing work cells, flexible automation, three-dimensional solid modeling and four-square testing. Whether standard, modified or custom, products are designed and manufactured to customer specifications. For more information, call (800) 356-0775 or visit the Durst website at www.durstdrives.com.