December 3, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $50,000 to 20 Caritas grantees

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded $50,000 to 20 grantees in the fall cycle of Caritas grant funding. The purpose of the Caritas Grants program is to provide support to organizations dealing with situational poverty or crisis poverty. The demand for food, clothing, shelter and free health programs, as well as other immediate needs, is expanding for organizations providing these services. Caritas Grant awards are up to $5,000 for a one-year period.

As a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, the foundation offers Caritas Grant funds to be awarded to non-profit and faith-based organizations meeting the immediate needs of the poor in South Carolina.

“We are pleased to be able to support these fine organizations that are helping meet the immediate needs of those less fortunate,” said Rick Mendoza, foundation board chair “These nonprofits are on the front line providing an array of services such as food, clothing medicine, shelter, and supplies.”

The fall Caritas grantees are:

  • Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired–Charleston –Assisting individuals who are blind or visually impaired to lead safe, dignified, independent and rewarding lives by helping them to adjust to vision loss and to gain employment. (Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston)
  • Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic –Funding for a comprehensive diabetes education program for uninsured patients. (Charleston)
  • Birthright of Georgetown –Supplying diapers to disadvantaged moms and their babies. (Georgetown, Williamsburg)
  • Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine –Providing health care services to uninsured and low income individuals. (Beaufort, Jasper)
  • Caring and Sharing –Funding to purchase a walk-in cooler for food distribution to the needy. (Georgetown, Williamsburg, Florence)
  • Chesterfield County First Steps –Funding to provide emergency assistance to families in need. (Chesterfield, Kershaw, Lancaster)
  • Childrens Security Blanket Incorporated –Responding to urgent needs of families caring for children with cancer. (Spartanburg)
  • Christ Central Ministries Columbia –Funding for replacement kitchen equipment used to prepare food for those in need. (Richland, Lexington, Sumter)
  • Coastal Rescue Mission –Providing essential groceries to needy, elderly and food-insecure families. (Horry)
  • Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach–Funding to assist in the purchase of confection ovens to be used to prepare food to feed the hungry. (Horry)
  • Daybreak Ministries –Funding to support a crisis pregnancy center serving financially disadvantaged women and their families. (Richland, Lexington)
  • EmmanuWheel –Building wheel chair ramps for those in need. (Lexington, Richland)
  • Family Promise of Beaufort County –Assisting to move homeless families into permanent rental housing. (Beaufort)
  • Family Promise of Florence –Providing services to help homeless children and their families obtain permanent housing and achieve lasting independence. (Florence)
  • Food Bank Of Greenwood County –Funding to support a food bank for those in need. (Greenwood)
  • Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic of Beaufort –Health care services for low-income, uninsured adults. (Beaufort)
  • Good Samaritan Clinic –Dental care to uninsured low-income patients. (Lexington, Richland)
  • Great Falls Referral Assistance Service Project –Providing help with utility bills, medicine and food for the needy. (Chester, Fairfield)
  • Helping Hands of Goose Creek –An emergency food program serving families and individuals in crisis. (Berkeley)
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of South Carolina –A financial assistance program for adults, children and families with life-limiting or life-threatening illness. (South Carolina)
  • McCormick Children's Home –A group home serving neglected, abused and abandoned children. (McCormick, Abbeville, Aiken, Greenwood, Saluda, Edgefield)
  • Pee Dee Community Project –Funding to purchase computers for math and reading assistance to students in an after school program. (Georgetown)
  • Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates –Support for a program that advocates for abused and neglected children by providing quality volunteer and legal representation to ensure every child a safe, permanent and nurturing home. (Richland)
  • Roscoe Reading Program –A program that uses therapy dogs and provides incentives and prizes to encourage reading amongst elementary school students. (Berkeley)
  • St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic –A free medical clinic serving low-income, uninsured patients. (Spartanburg)
  • Teachers' Supply Closet –Providing school supplies to children in need. (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester)
  • The Lighthouse Ministries –Assisting individuals and families in financial crisis with rent, utilities, prescription medication or traveler's aid. (Florence)
  • United Way of Greenwood County –A weekend backpack feeding program for low-income children. (Greenwood)
  • Youth Empowerment Services –A mentoring program serving middle and high school girls who are from underserved, disenfranchised and low-income communities (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester)

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