October 8, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC awards $129,500 to 10 Community Enrichment Grantees

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded 10 community enrichment grants totaling $129,500, bringing the total amount of enrichment grants to $344,078.52 for the year.

The community enrichment “open” grants process is designed to provide financial support to organizations whose services go beyond meeting basic needs and will help lift people out of poverty. Grants are generally awarded in the $5,000-$20,000 range. Awards are for one year with no guarantee of additional funding in subsequent years. Funding requests can be for new programs, existing programs with proven success, strategic planning, collaborative projects, leverage or matching fund opportunities, or other justifiable programs.

The 10 recently awarded community enrichment grantees are:

Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services – A service for homeless or at-risk seniors that provides case management, assessment, and supportive services to enable clients to live safely and free from hunger. 

Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina Bank – A residential program serving pregnant and parenting young women by providing them with safe housing, medical care, academic education, counseling, childbirth and parenting education, and job readiness skills.

Foothills Family Resources – A program with an approach to help low-income families reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder by providing job training and soft skills development. 

Greenville County Human Relations Commission – This program provides tools and information on how to build budgets, create a savings plan, improve credit, reduce debt, gain and sustain assets, establish a banking history and close the gaps in financial literacy that can hinder home ownership and long-term financial stability.

Middle Tyger Community Center – A comprehensive program designed to break the cycle of generational poverty through early intervention in the lives of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children.

Sea Haven – This program is designed to help struggling, homeless or near-homeless youth create and maintain an independent life through a five-step program that includes meeting personal goals for education, health, work, life skills and community service.

The Sustainability Institute – A program that addresses two critical needs in the Charleston metro area: 1) Rehabilitation of existing, low-income homes that utilizes a dual focus on direct energy efficiency upgrades and homeowner empowerment in order to significantly reduce and sustain energy costs for families and 2) Workforce training for economically disadvantaged or underserved populations that is focused on supplying certified workers for a burgeoning energy efficiency industry in South Carolina where specialized labor is in-demand.

The Women’s Shelter – This program assists participants with overcoming obstacles that keep them from accessing higher education and skilled jobs.

United Ministries, Inc. – The programs and services of the Learning Center aim to provide low-wealth individuals with the resources and opportunities they need to develop financial stability.

Work in Progress – Assisting persons that have a diagnosis of mental illness with obtaining, maintaining and retaining competitive employment.

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

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