SOURCE: Metropolitan Grapevine

May 15, 2007 16:14 ET

Two Local Families in Desperate Need Receive Homes From Metropolitan Grapevine Nonprofit

Health Stricken Woman and Devoted Couple Receive Hope Through Metropolitan Grapevine's Metro Dream Home Empowerment Program

BOWIE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- DeVine Foundation, Inc., the charity arm of Metropolitan Grapevine, LLC, will provide homes to two local families in need through the foundation's "Home Empowerment Program." Mrs. Mildred Rutledge, 41 years old, has sarcoidosis which severely attacks your bodily organs. After having a double lung transplant and a severely compromised immune system she had to retire early from the Federal Government. She has been struggling to balance her health and maintain her home. Mr. Sherman and Beverly Powers, the second recipient, have been hospitalized for diabetes and other health troubles. Due to medical bills and revised work schedules the family fell behind on their mortgage and are losing their home. They have also taken in their niece's four children after she was stabbed by her boyfriend in January 2007. So now they are responsible for seven children.

In an attempt to give hope to these very deserving families in their time of need, DeVine Foundation will provide a home for each family for 5 years through a special program. The home for Mrs. Rutledge is located in Bowie, MD; and the home for the Shermans is located in Stafford, VA and will be presented to the families on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 6:00pm at the Budweiser Pavilion Bowie Baysox Stadium, located 4101 NE Crain Highway, Bowie, MD.

DeVine Foundation, Inc. offers unique programs for low income and displaced families. Through the concept of "Home Empowerment," families are allowed to live in a company owned home for a period up to five years. Within the five years, the families are closely guided by an investor assigned to each family who teaches the family how to become financially stable and capable of owning a home of their own.

WHAT: Local Foundation Donates Homes to Two Local Needy Families

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 (6:00pm)

WHERE: Bowie Baysox Stadium, Budweiser Pavilion, located at 4101 NE Crain Highway, Bowie, MD

Metropolitan Grapevine's companies include; HelloWorld, 5Linx, Metro Dream Homes, Communities in Partnership, and Billboards 4 ATMs. Collectively, these companies offer a menu of products and services that help to increase wealth and finances for individuals and business volume and earning potential for small businesses/merchant services and corporations, through a suite of financial and technologically advanced tools.

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    Priscilla Clarke
    Clarke & Associates
    (202) 723-2200
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