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    Student helps shelter get funds for new garden

    A Salem shelter organization recently planted a garden at its downtown facility with the help of a Salem State University student. As an assignment in Yvonne Vissing’s grant writing class in sociology last spring, Hannah Colbert collaborated with Jason Etheridge, director of development at Lifebridge, to seek funding for the garden. Their application resulted in a $2,000 grant from New England Biolabs. Lifebridge provides beds for people transitioning out of homelessness and permanent housing for the homeless, as well as such services as a meals program and a nursing clinic. In addition to a green space, the garden will provide work opportunities for Lifebridge’s clients and produce for its meals service. Meanwhile, Colbert’s efforts to secure the grant have led to a part-time job with Lifebridge. The 2013 graduate works in direct care, media, and marketing. Salem State officials said this marks the second year in a row students in the grant-writing course helped to secure a grant.