MATS pays off Main Street building with donation from Dillard

Last week, the Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter received a generous donation of $15,000 from Dr. Mike Dillard of the Providence Clinic.

This donation, along with other committed donations received during the organization’s capital campaign, allowed MATS to pay off its remaining mortgage just three years after moving to the Main Street property.

“Board Member Terry Hackney worked so hard on this last capital campaign for MATS,” Executive Director Tonya Polidoro said. “And with the generosity of three anonymous businesses pledging donations over the course of a three-year commitment, we had our building 90 percent paid off. Dr. Dillard stepped in and paid the remaining debt off.”

Without a mortgage payment, MATS will be free to use other donations to make much needed repairs to the dated building. The organization just raised some of that money through a virtual fundraiser to pay for repairs to the building’s exterior. Other future needs will include updates to plumbing and flooring, as well as repairs to bathroom exhaust fans and the HVAC system.

“I would also like to thank our generous lender, Jefferson Federal Charitable Foundation, who gave MATS a grant to pay half of the building, making it possible to purchase the facility, and then turned around and loaned us the other half,” Polidoro said. “Without this foundation, MATS could not have relocated to a much better facility, and they have been so patient with us on repayment.”

MATS provides a full self-sufficiency program to homeless individuals and children in Hamblen County and nine surrounding counties. One of the key elements to that program is shelter. Polidoro believes strongly in being a good steward of the building the organization has been blessed with in order to continue providing that shelter.

“Having this building paid off has been a dream of mine and is a weight lifted from my shoulders,” she said. “Thank you just doesn’t seem to be a big enough expression for what I feel for all of these people and companies who stepped up and blessed MATS in this fashion. The generosity of our community leaves me speechless and immensely proud.”

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