September 10, 2014

For Immediate Release

Project Believe Donates Backpacks and School Supplies to Youth at The Marsh Foundation

backpacksVAN WERT, Ohio – Project Believe is no stranger to The Marsh Foundation. For the past two years, the non-profit organization has made visits to the campus to deliver Christmas presents and Valentine’s for youth. This year, they made an additional visit with a delivery of backpacks and school supplies.

The organization, which originated in 2009, has continued to grow and expand. They’ve established a board of trustees and have dramatically increased their giving from just a few Christmas presents that year. Tammie Rafferty, the group’s founder, was inspired to help others by her own daughter’s circumstances.

Rafferty, along with trustees Frank Scenna and Gina Duncan, visited the campus to present the backpacks and supplies to Mr. Robbie Breese, Marsh Foundation School Principal and students.

“We feel very fortunate that Project Believe has chosen to continue to assist The Marsh Foundation in our mission of inspiring hope to our children,” said Breese. “Our student leadership team was very excited to accept the backpacks and is very proud of the opportunity to present them to their peers.”

You can learn more about Project Believe by visiting their website at Or, you can contact Rafferty directly at

Serving children and families since 1922, The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program and independent living. Located in Van Wert, Ohio, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7 – 17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2 – 12 and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children and community members.

The mission of The Marsh Foundation is to inspire hope, to teach and to care for children and families. For more information about The Marsh, visit


Photo caption: (L to R) Gina Duncan, Tammie Rafferty and Frank Scenna (far right) from Project Believe present backpacks and school supplies for the 30 group home students at The Marsh Foundation School to Robbie Breese (center), principal and director of education at The Marsh Foundation.


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