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Tornado survivors get assistance from Charter

Charter is donating a total of $20,000 to community-based organizations in Granbury and Cleburne to assist victims of the May 15 tornadoes that devastated neighborhoods in both North Texas cities.

Keeping with Charter’s tradition of directly supporting the communities served, Charter will make $10,000 donations to both Mission Granbury and the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Cleburne Area Relief Fund.

“As our crews worked around the clock to restore services within the affected areas of Granbury and Cleburne, they witnessed firsthand the horrific damage that was left in the wake of these storms,” said John Owen, vice president of Charter’s Southwest Region.

Mission Granbury is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of support services for victims of domestic violence, abuse and poverty. As the largest nonprofit group in Hood County, Mission Granbury has quickly adapted to meet the needs of those people hardest hit by the storms’ wrath, supplying everything from clothing and household goods to assistance with funeral expenses.

“Through our food bank, housing and financial services, Mission Granbury helped almost 26,000 individuals last year,” said April Mitchell, executive director of Mission Granbury.

“We appreciate Charter’s commitment to our community, and this donation will enable us to help meet the basic needs of Granbury storm victims as they struggle to get back on their feet.”


Linda Boysen, of Granbury, recently received the Social Worker Humanitarian of the Year award at the 19th annual Social Worker Appreciation Luncheon in Fort Worth.

Boysen has been with Texas Health Cleburne for more than 15 years. As the social services coordinator, Boysen works with the hospital’s medical management team. Her post-patient care responsibilities include assisting patients with acute care and rehab options, along with helping families assess end-of-life decisions for their loved one.

Boysen has volunteered at the HOPE Medical and Dental Clinic in Cleburne and served on the Hood County steering committee for Habitat for Humanity. She has also served as a mentor with both the Christian Women’s Job Corps and Acton Elementary School.

For the past five years, Boysen has been taking Spanish classes to better serve the Hispanic population inside and outside the hospital walls.

She holds a bachelor’s degrees in sociology from Texas Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.


Habitat for Humanity Tucson, Ariz. donated $7,500 to the Habitat affiliate in Granbury to help rebuild homes lost in the May 15 tornado.

That donation included $500 donated directly by HabiStore customers at the checkout counter, as well as 10 percent of the store’s proceeds from May 15-31, which was $4,500.

Two other Arizona-based Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Flagstaff and Phoenix gave as well, for a total gift of $24,000 from all three Arizona affiliates.

Checks, along with a letter from the executives of the Arizona affiliates, were mailed today to the Hood County affiliate in Texas.

“Habitat for Humanity has 1,500 affiliates in the U.S. and operations in 80 other countries,” said Habitat for Humanity Tucson Executive Director Michael McDonald.

“Our mission is both local and global, and we are pleased to be able to help Habitat homeowners in Granbury,” McDonald said.