Bequest helps keep Open House open and growing

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Esther Short — Dolores Uhri, who died in November 2013 at age 89, was a well-travelled “citizen of the world” who worked in the travel industry — but whose heart always stayed close to home, according to a statement from family homeless shelter Open House Ministries.

Uhri used her estate plan to create the Gerald and Dolores Uhri Fund (also named for husband Gerald, who died in 2009) at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. The Uhri Fund is a permanent endowment that will provide roughly $25,000 for Open House every year.

The timing couldn’t be better, said Open House Executive Director Wayne Garlington. Garlington said that for the first five years, the money will help build capital for the construction of a proposed Open House Family Resource Center featuring a gymnasium, office space and more at the corner of West 13th and Ingalls streets, just north of the existing shelter building.