The St. Joseph Center of Venice has received a $25,000 renewal grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation in support of its Family Center and Food Pantry Program.

This contribution will help the center provide integrated services including case management, supplemental groceries, and youth programs that help keep families healthy and whole, center officials said.

“My late uncle, our foundation’s founder, was a strong supporter of St. Joseph Center. Today, given the continued difficult economic climate, our support is even more critical,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation.

The Family Center and Food Pantry Program aims to give local families the best possible chance for long-term success by first addressing survival needs and then concentrating on overcoming some of the more complex issues that can be barriers to self-sufficiency. Last year more than 2,600 people benefited from these services, according to the center.

“We are grateful to the William H. Hannon Foundation for their continued support” said Dr. Va Lecia Adams, executive director of St. Joseph Center. “Demand for services in our Family Center has gone up as the economy has continued to struggle, and this grant will help more families get back on their feet.”

St. Joseph Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization which helps provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children, the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.