June 30, 2015

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards immigrant and refugee grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded eight grants totaling $107,210 to nonprofit organizations serving South Carolina’s immigrant and refugee populations through its Immigrant Families Initiative.

Rooted in the foundation’s mission and core values of compassion and courage, the Immigrant Families Initiative is dedicated to enhancing individual and family well-being through grant making, forming strategic partnerships to support organizations that lift families out of poverty, and supporting efforts to build inclusive, welcoming environments for immigrants and refugees as they integrate into South Carolina.

“We are thrilled to support these organizations working hard to meet the unmet needs of immigrants and refugees across the state. Their work makes a difference each day in the lives of many who are often invisible or overlooked,” said Rick Mendoza, board chair for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

The eight grantees are:

Arcadia Elementary School
Offering ESOL training, basic literacy and GED classes to adult learners while providing free child care so parents can participate in the program. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia
Implementing a site-based, one-to-one mentoring program for Hispanic children of immigrants. Carefully screened volunteer bigs meet with their littles at their school during the school day, for one hour every week to work on schoolwork, as well as engage in other activities, such as sports, games, reading and meals.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston
Helping relieve the financial burden of immigration applications for low-income immigrants applying for the federal DACA and DAPA programs who meet poverty-level guidelines.

Charleston County School District
Providing an intensive course(s) in academic English for high school graduates who remain Limited English Proficient (LEP) or lack confidence in their English skills.

Digna Ochoa Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance
Supporting naturalization and federal DACA and DAPA applications for immigrants across the state.

Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
Building relationships with potential new employers to place more refugees in suitable jobs within a shorter time frame, ultimately helping more refugees feel like they are in control of their own lives again with meaningful employment and are better positioned to move out of poverty.

Neighborhood Outreach Connection
Creating learning opportunities for more than 75 children employing tools that build skills, knowledge, self-reliance and pride through a year-round afterschool and summer learning and tutoring program that help preschool and school-age children overcome the achievement gap common among Hispanic children.

Student Action with Farmworkers
Promoting leadership development among college students and working to increase health, legal and education services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers in South Carolina through recruitment, training and mentoring of six bilingual (Spanish/English) interns to reach 750+ immigrant farmworkers in isolated labor camps in rural areas of South Carolina.

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


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