Grant awarded to help restore neighborhoods in East Kinston

KINSTON, NC (WITN) Several hundred thousand dollars has been granted to a Kinston church to help restore neighborhoods through its non-profit organization.

In support of Hope Restorations Incorporated -- Sharon Methodist Church was awarded a grant for $550,000 from the Duke Endowment.

The money will be used to help restore homes in neighborhoods in East Kinston for families to rent or possibly buy.

Hope Restorations is a nonprofit serving in Kinston helping people with employment as well as providing support for adults recovering from addiction and incarceration.

Hope Restorations says their goal is to invest more than $3 million into Kinston and Lenoir County by 2022.

The Duke Endowment was established in 1924 and is a private foundation that aims to strengthen communities in North and South Carolina.