November 28, 2016

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $102,000 to 43 Caritas grantees

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, recently awarded Caritas Grants for the fall 2016 grant cycle.

“In omnibus caritas” means “In all things charity.” Since its inception in 1851, the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has sought to put into practice these simple but all-encompassing words. As a ministry of the sisters, the foundation offers Caritas Grants to provide support to organizations dealing with situational poverty and/or meeting basic needs of individuals and families in South Carolina. These grants are awarded twice per year.

The following organizations have received funding from the fall cycle of 2016’s Caritas grant funding:

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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 Counties

Birthright of Georgetown
Funding will help supply diapers to disadvantaged moms and their babies. Georgetown, Williamsburg Counties

Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine
Funding will help provide health care services to uninsured and low income individuals. Beaufort, Jasper Counties

Bluffton Self Help
Funding will support Bluffton Self Help’s emergency financial assistance program. Beaufort, Jasper Counties 

Caring and Sharing Inc.
Funding to purchase a walk-in cooler for food distribution to the needy. Georgetown, Williamsburg, Florence Counties

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston Pee Dee Regional Office
Catholic Charities Pee Dee’s comprehensive client choice wellness pantry strives to provide healthy foods along with nutrition education workshops, fresh produce distribution, SNAP enrollment assistance, homeless day bags, and monthly boxes to senior citizens that are enrolled in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Horry, Georgetown, Williamsburg Counties

Charleston Legal Access
Charleston Legal Access (CLA) is closing the justice gap by offering low-cost legal services to those just above poverty that do not qualify for free legal services but who cannot afford a private attorney. Funding will support legal services at this non­profit, sliding scale law firm. Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley Counties

Children’s Recovery Center, Inc.
The Children’s Recovery Center (CRC) provides a safe, child friendly environment where children feel less anxiety when sharing the details of their abuse and are able to begin the healing process. Funding will support programming designed to reverse negative outcomes for children and families who are already living in poverty, aiding them in developing skills to process these events so as to become productive adults. Georgetown, Horry Counties

Community Kitchen Inc. of Myrtle Beach
The Community Kitchen serves two hot nutritious meals daily, breakfast and lunch, five days a week, to those who are hungry. Along with supporting the kitchen, funding will also support an emergency clothing closet to further assist clients in need. CCMB provides encouragement, direction, nutritional assistance, and emergency clothing to promote growth and wholesome independence with respect and dignity. Horry County

Daily Bread Ministries
Funding will support Greer Family Shelter. Programs will provide early intervention to enable families and veterans to move from being homeless to employed-with-home. The facility will provide four separate apartments for participants and meeting space for a 90-day program conducted by trained counselors working under a licensed mental health professional.  Greenville, Spartanburg Counties

Doors to Freedom
Currently Doors to Freedom is working with survivors of sex trafficking by assisting them in preparing for their GED, High School Diploma or Vocational Certificate. Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester Counties 

Eau Claire Shalom Ministries
Funding will support Tutor Eau Claire, a program committed to serving people in the community who struggle with reading, no matter the race, gender, religion or ability to pay. Richland, Lexington, Sumter, Kershaw, Fairfield, Laurens Counties

Fair Haven Home for Men
Fair Haven Home for Men (FHHM) operates an intensive residential 90-day Program in St. Stephen, SC for men who are homeless, alcoholic, addicted to drugs, or any combination of these conditions. Funding will provide participants with food, clothing, and medication. Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston, Colleton, Williamsburg Counties 

Family Promise of Anderson
Family Promise of Anderson County helps homeless families with children stabilize their lives by accessing the resources needed to acquire safe and affordable housing. Funding will support case management services with the ultimate goals of helping guests gain sustainable employment, obtain the services needed to support their family (e.g., child care, transportation), and secure safe and affordable permanent housing. Anderson, Pickens Counties 

Family Support Services of Horry County Inc.
Funding will help expand the organization’s Mother to Mother program to include mothers over the age of 25 as clients. Horry County 

Free Medical Clinic of Aiken, Inc.
The Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County is able to provide free medications to patients in poverty through Patient Assistance Programs and through the Dispensary of Hope. Aiken County 

Freedom Readers Inc.
Freedom Readers is a literacy program that focuses on students who need specialized tutoring and mentoring in literacy skills. Funding from this grant will be used to establish and expand new sites in Horry, Georgetown, and Richland. Horry, Georgetown, and Richland Counties 

Good Samaritan Clinic
The mission of the Good Samaritan Clinic to is to provide help as healing to those in need by providing quality medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to individuals and families in Columbia who cannot afford health insurance and medical care. Lexington, Richland Counties 

Good Samaritan Medical Clinic
Funding will support Good Samaritan Medical Clinic’s free clinic services for the low income and uninsured in Chester, Lancaster and Union Counties. The awarded grant funds will assist in the provision of primary health care, GYN care and physical therapy care for residents of the affected communities. Chester, Lancaster and Union Counties 

Great Falls Referral Assistance Service Project (GRASP)
To widen its program reach through education, GRASP intends to provide workshops in two key areas: financial literacy and nutrition. Funding will support financial literacy workshops and nutrition workshops. Chester, Fairfield Counties 

Greenville Free Medical Clinic
The Greenville Free Medical Clinic proposes to expand a successful comprehensive cardiovascular and chronic disease program that is in place at the main clinic site in downtown Greenville to the 3 primary care satellite sites located in outlying communities in the county. Greenville County 

Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg
Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg (HSS) is collaborating with Spartanburg County School Districts, churches, and community organizations to expand the free mobile dental clinic pilot program, bringing oral healthcare to low-income children in medically under-served and high need areas. Funds will support the pilot mobile dental clinic, school-based screening programs, HSS free dental clinic, providing critical access to care for low-income, uninsured children who are in need of preventative and restorative care. Spartanburg County 

HELP of Summerville
HELP of Summerville gives immediate emergency assistance to those whose need is urgent and who have no other resource of assistance. Funding will be used for HELP’s emergency assistance program, providing families with funds to pay rent, utilities, medical bills, and other short term crisis expenses. Dorchester County

Hope in Lancaster, Inc.
Funds will support Hope in Lancaster’s “Fresh and Healthy Food Initiative” program. The Food Pantry offers food to those clients in order to free up funds and to supplement their food budget while they are recovering from their short-term emergency. Lancaster, Chester Counties 

Hopewell Senior Day Care Center
Grant Funds will be used to Support Hopewell Senior Day Care Center’s Healthy Start Program.  The program provides daily meals to senior citizens suffering from diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and other chronic health issues that are exacerbated by poverty. Williamsburg, Georgetown County 

Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of South Carolina
Funds will support HPCF’s Financial Assistance Program that seeks to improve the quality of life for families affected by terminal illness.  Statewide 

Loving America Street
Funds will be used to purchase updated industrial washers and dryers, continue renovations, and begin employing more Eastside residents. Charleston County 

Lowcountry Furniture Bank
Funds will go toward the purchase of wholesale mattresses to complete the bedroom sets for young children living in poverty, many of whom have never had their own bed before. Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester County 

Maia Moms
Funding will be used for programming that includes dinner, childcare, and all curriculum materials at no cost to the low-income mothers. Charleston County

MARYS House: Ministry Alliance for Regaining Your Safety
MARYS House provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Funds will go towards costs associated with basic program needs: shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing, hygiene items. Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Saluda, Union, York Counties 

Operation Home
Operation Home provides critical home repairs to low income homeowners living in vulnerable housing situations.  Grant funds will be used to address these needs and change vulnerable living situations to safe, healthy, and accessible living situations. Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester County 

PEACHCenter Ministries Inc.
PEACHCenter Ministries provides emergency food assistance to clients on a regular basis. The funds requested will be added to the budget for food purchases. Cherokee County 

Pee Dee Community Project
Funds will support Pee Dee Community Project’s reading comprehension and tutoring program that will blend interactive technology (Reading Eggs software) with reading tutors (Coastal Carolina students & Carvers Bay High School students) to connect with and inspire students as they improve their reading skills. Georgetown County 

Roscoe Reading Program
The Roscoe Reading Program is unique in its use of therapy dogs within a school system. RRP serves the students of its schools by providing a safe, rewarding, and fun learning experience. Berkeley County

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
Funds will support the purchase of Sleeping Packs for the growing number of homeless clients who frequent the pantry. Beaufort County

St. John Community Food Ministry
Funding will support food purchases for their pantry. Williamsburg County 

Step By Step Ministry Hope Project
Step by Step Ministry Hope Project is an ongoing program that ministers to homeless women, many of whom have been incarcerated, have a substance abuse history, and/or mental illness. Funding will provide the shelter with additional food storage space and support participant work transportation costs. Greenville, Anderson, Laurens, Pickens Counties

Taylors Free Medical Clinic
TFMC is a free, full-service medical facility that provides primary, preventative, and specialty care and an in-clinic pharmacy to the medically unserved in Greenville County, South Carolina. Funding will support operations of the clinic so that they are able to serve clients, improve community health, and increase patient knowledge and capability to lead healthier, more productive lives. Greenville County

Teachers’ Supply Closet
Teachers’ Supply Closet provides a free “store” where teachers in the Tri-County area are able to shop twice a year TSC’s approach assists not only teachers and students, but entire families by reducing the burden of cost of quality school supplies. Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Counties

The Lighthouse Ministries
Assisting individuals and families in financial crisis with rent, utilities, prescription medication or traveler’s aid. Florence County 

The Women’s Shelter
Funding will be used to support The Women’s Shelter’s “Emphasis on Exit Strategies” program.  Along with providing a safe haven and stable environment, TWS offers programs that meet clients’ needs, increase capabilities, and improve outcomes.  This program assists participants with overcoming obstacles that keep them from accessing higher education, skilled jobs, and affordable housing. Richland, Lexington Counties

United Center for Community Care
The United Center for Community Care is a space housing eleven nonprofit agencies providing unified services and meeting critical community needs.  Funding will support general operating expenses for this facility to insure these agencies are able to continue operating their programs efficiently and effectively. Greenwood County

York Co Christian Women’s Job Corps
Funding will support YCCWJC “Seven Steps toward Self-Sufficiency Program.” The ministry’s program seeks to provide women restoration, focusing on providing a life time change, not just a temporary relief of their needs. York County 

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