April 30, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards $550,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awarded more than $550,000 in grants for the first quarter, continuing its support of homeless housing initiatives as well as supporting the new collaboration of organizations working to end youth homelessness in the community.

More than $350,000 went to six organizations working with or providing services to homeless adults and youth, including:

  • College Now Greater Cleveland was awarded $50,000 to provide college access advising and services to high school senior identified as being at-risk of becoming homeless. Funding would be used to cover students’ housing during school breaks, as well as supportive material needs – including sheets, towels, and other supplies needed for dorm rooms.
  • Bellefaire JCB was awarded $35,000 for its Homeless Emergency Assistance Response Team (HEART) that works with youth in crises who have been identified as homeless or in danger of becoming homeless without support, including emergency rent, utility, food, clothing and linkage to community service providers.
  • YWCA of Cleveland was awarded $35,000 for the Nurturing Independence and Aspirations program for youth 14 to 24 who are residents of Independence Place, many of whom have aged out of foster care, as well as other youth who are aging out of foster care. Studies suggest that intensive services just prior to discharge help transition youth and reduce the risk of them becoming homeless.
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry was awarded $44,300 to expand after-care services and engage youth in its independent living program, Next Step to Independence, which provides older youth who are without a home or a stable living environment with shelter care and independent living. In addition to meeting the basic needs of housing, food and clothing, these gender-specific services also include counseling, independent-living skills and job placement.
  • Enterprise Community Partners Inc. was awarded $75,000 for the Housing First Initiative, a collaboration of foundations, government agencies and others, that are working to build or renovate 1,000 apartments in Cleveland to get people off the streets and out of emergency homeless shelters.

Other grants include:

  • Children’s Hunger Alliance was awarded $62,000 for its Child & Adult Food Care Program and other work in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. The foundation has supported the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s work in Central over the past four years and more than 1,500 children and teens have received after-school meals, and 1,100 have received nutrition and physical activity.
  • Building Healthy Communities was awarded $50,000 to support the various programs in the Central and Kinsman Neighborhoods, such as Garden Boyz, a local market garden in Central where neighborhood teens grow and sell produce, as well as its junior and senior “chef” programs at Cornucopia Place, where children learn about healthy food and how to cook it, and other neighborhood programs.
  • Partnership for a Safer Cleveland was awarded $48,000 for its STANCE Police Assisted Referral program. The program is a joint effort that includes the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, FrontLine Service, Beech Brook and Case Western Reserve University’s Begun Center. The program creates a channel for CMHA police officers to connect violence-exposed youth and families to violence-prevention services, education and mental health screening and treatment.

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

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