COLUMBIA CITY — Matt and Hallie Grant are recognized as respected business leaders through their successful, international company, Sailrite; but first and foremost, they are parents.
Like many families today, the Grants’ story is anything but traditional. The details as to how their family circle was made complete has led the couple to establish Sierra’s Fund through the Community Foundation of Whitley County.
The fund, named for the Grant’s daughter, is an endowment to assist Whitley County residents navigating the adoption process to build their own families, now and for generations to come.
With raising Zach and Tanner, two energetic young sons and a thriving business to oversee, the Grants were anything but bored in the mid-90s. But after four years of unsuccessful attempts to have a third child, they decided to explore adoption. Amid questionnaires and home studies, they soon realized that the process was not only emotionally daunting but also financially challenging.
Then, a call from Texas changed their lives forever. Their baby daughter was waiting for them to bring her home to Columbia City. The whirlwind trip put Sierra in their arms and so began a celebration of love.
“The moment Sierra was placed in my arms can’t be explained,” Grant said. “The tears came streaming down my face, I couldn’t believe she was our daughter. The adoption process is full of highs and lows but I am here to tell you it is so worth it. I can’t imagine our family without her, she is exactly where she was meant to be.”
Now, 15 years later, the final piece of Sierra’s adoption story recently came via a generous gift from the Grants, who hope to help other local families share the joy of adoption.
Open to Whitley County residents exploring both domestic and international adoption, distributions from the endowment can be used to offset costs including but not limited to home study costs, placement fees, post-placement supervision fees and travel related expenses.
An application process is currently being established and funds will be available annually on a first-come basis for those meeting established criteria for assistance. For additional information, any families pursuing adoption should contact the Community Foundation at 244-5224.