Pernessa Seele

Pernessa Seele

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Local non-profit struggles to keep doors open

The Balm in Gilead issues plea for help

Dr. Pernessa Seele has sent an urgent letter to supporterss urging financial help for the non-profit organization she founded more than 23 years ago. The Balm In Gilead, Inc., which develops educational and training programs designed to meet the unique needs of African American and African congregations that strive to become community centers for health education and disease prevention, is struggling to keep its doors open. Part of the struggle has come from funding cuts due to sequestration. "We really need your help!," wrote Seele in her June 5 e-mailed letter, in which she notes that it is an urgent matter of the non-profit's viability.