Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education (Project FINE) was recently awarded a $25,000 Intercultural Harmony grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund for the Welcoming Table project. Welcoming Table gatherings will be held monthly beginning in February, providing food for bodies and food for thought. The goal of the Welcoming Table is to create an opportunity for the community to come together to share a meal and build bridges across cultural groups.
Laura Jane Musser was born on June 4, 1916, the child of Drew Musser and Sarah “Sally” Walker Musser. She lived in Little Falls, Minn., all of her life at the family home, Linden Hill. Upon her death in 1989 at the age of 73, The Laura Jane Musser Fund came into being to continue on with some of her interests in life, including the arts and helping children. Its Intercultural Harmony grants promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects.
Project FINE appreciates the support of the Larua Jane Musser Fund, as working together the groups are able to further Project FINE’s organizational mission: to strengthen and enrich the community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse.