June 23, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $290,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded $290,000 to seven strategic grantees addressing the root causes of poverty in South Carolina.

The foundation’s mission to address generational poverty is reflected in its decision making around strategic grants. These grants are to comprehensively work with organizations to affect organizational and community impact at multiple levels. The foundation views strategic grants as a partnership with each grantee to enhance results, maximize resources and ensure that measurable change occurs. The foundation focuses on three broad categories of health, education and social services. 

“The foundation is very excited to be able to award these grants to seven worthy organizations across the state,” said Tom Keith, foundation president. “These grantees represent a culture of collaboration and vision that really drive each program’s success and ultimately the success of their communities.”

The seven recently awarded strategic grantees are:

Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM)
AIM's mission is to connect people in Anderson County and surrounding counties with support, resources and education so they can empower themselves to be self-sufficient. Programs are offered on a continuum from crisis stabilization to asset building programs designed to move economically disadvantaged people out of poverty.

City Year Columbia
City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis and is committed to leveraging the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track to graduate. The corps members do this by focusing on three early warning indicators that have been defined through research: attendance, behavior and course performance in math and English. As the second oldest site after Boston, City Year Columbia was founded in the summer of 1993.

Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN)
GAIHN orchestrates a partnership of local congregations in the Greenville area that provides emergency shelter, meals and short-term housing to local families that include children, while intently focusing on helping those families achieve self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment. GAIHN is an integral partner in the Upstate Collaborative for Families' Success, which is producing opportunities for select families to overcome addiction and achieve family stability (housing and employment sustainability).

Healing Families Foundation
The mission of the Healing Families Foundation is to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children by raising support for prevention and treatment programs at behavioral-health provider LRADAC. Strategic grant funding will support the implementation of the Women and Children Succeeding (WACS) program on the campus of LRADAC.

Homes of Hope, Inc.
Homes of Hope’s mission is to rebuild communities in Greenville through developing affordable and energy efficient housing, and rebuild the lives of men overcoming addictions through job training and mentoring. Its strategy is to produce life change, not just circumstance change; focusing on building relationships with each participant (housing or men’s development) to help them beyond the foundational part of their work (housing and job training). Strategic grant funding will provide support of Homes of Hope Men's Development program and the building and maintenance of homes (materials, labor, land, fees).

Metanoia Community Development Corporation
Metanoia Community Development Corporation is a movement of people rooted in faith, investing in neighborhood assets to build leaders, establish quality housing and generate economic development. It is pushing forward into new relationships with God and one another to create strong communities. Strategic grant funding will support Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy curriculum development and organizational outcomes development.

The Family Effect Foundation
The Family Effect in Greenville is the philanthropic foundation for The Phoenix Center, with a mission of reducing addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children. Strategic grant funding will allow the foundation to continue to grow and develop the Women and Children Succeeding (WACS) program at Serenity Place in Greenville.

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

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