July 10, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $627,000 in grants to nine organizations

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded nine South Carolina organizations a total of $627,000 in grant funds in late June. The organizations receiving the grants were:

Anderson Interfaith Ministries – Serving Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens counties, AIM is a program designed to assist families who are receiving welfare benefits to reduce and eventually eliminate their reliance on public assistance with a full continuum of supportive services.

City Year, Inc. - Serving Richland and Lexington counties and with the motto, “Give us a Year. Change the World”, City Year corps members serve as full-time tutors, mentors, and role models at high-poverty and under-performing schools.

Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network – Serving Greenville, Pickens, Laurens, Anderson and Oconee counties, GAIHN provides short-term and intermediate housing assistance and other supportive services to low-income mothers with children.

Homes of Hope, Inc. – Serving Greenville County, Homes of Hope provides safe, affordable, and energy efficient housing for homeless and low-income families or individuals while also providing job training and mentoring for men overcoming addiction.

KidsGrow! Schoolyard Garden Classroom at Hursey Elementary School – Located in Charleston County, this garden classroom provides a dynamic, outdoor laboratory where children are immersed in growing, preparing, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the study of water, soil, seasons, weather, energy, microorganisms, insects, and animals in nature.

Lowcountry Food Bank, Inc. – Serving Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties, this culinary apprenticeship offers the production and daily distribution of hot, healthy meals to children and elderly who may be choosing between paying for food or medicine.

Metanoia Community Development Corporation – Located in Charleston County, this youth entrepreneurship program offers middle and high school students an opportunity to expand their entrepreneurial skills through management and operation of two local businesses.

South Carolina STRONG – Serving all of South Carolina, this program allows funding for the expansion of a culinary arts social enterprise.

The Family Effect Foundation – Serving Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, Oconee, Spartanburg, Laurens, Cherokee, and Greenwood counties by providing the basic support necessary for disadvantaged, low-income mothers to pursue and secure a college degree.

Concluding the program where the grants were awarded, Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA, said to the grantees, “The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has undertaken a long-term commitment to invest our portion of treasure wisely. Today, as we celebrate each other’s hard work and accomplishments, we do so being ever mindful that poverty touches us all, and therefore, we must meet the challenge to address it together. Collectively, our talents can be used to build, promote, and support commitments to address the needs of the poor and underserved in South Carolina. Therefore, we will demonstrate God’s purposes and be ourselves, good and faithful servants.”

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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