Stemilt donation helps house the homelessStemilt Growers has donated $50,000 to Hospitality Heights to help build housing for needy families in the tree fruit grower"s hometown of Wenatchee, Wash.

The donation will help with the building project led by Hospitality House Ministries. The Stemilt donation will cover the cost of building one mobile unit. The project goal is to build four new homes, according to a news release.

Courtney Mathison, chairwoman of Stemilt"s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, said in the release that the fruit company is excited to help provide safe housing for homeless families in its community.

The total cost of the project is $445,000, and after Stemilt"s donation, $131,000 will still be needed to complete the four homes.

In 2010, the Hospitality House provided housing for 327 men ages 18-82, served over 45,000 hot meals, and provided 12,369 articles of free clothing. Haven of Hope, a shelter for women and children, provided housing for 88 women and 51 children and served over 23,000 hot meals in 2010.