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Rotary donation benefits homeless

Fusion, a transitional housing program for homeless women and children, has friends at the Federal Way Rotary Club.

The club is donating $12,000 to Fusion to remodel an apartment unit in Federal Way for use by the non-profit program.

Fusion provides temporary living arrangements rent-free to women and children who need the assistance, including those who are moving out of abusive home situations, said Peggy LaPorte, a member of the organization. The all-volunteer group was formed nine years ago and is supported financially by government and private grants.

The money from Rotary is part of $70,000 raised in January in the Federal Way club’s annual auction, a fund-raiser that annually benefits community agencies and YMCA projects. Last year, literacy programs for adults and children were supported by the club, which also has set aside $20,000 for college scholarships for local students.

Helping the club’s 50-plus membership help the community were items donated for this year’s auction.

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