The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved the following grants for the Fall 2012 Grant Cycle.  Grants totaling $850,408 were made available to 16 charitable organizations the week of December 3, 2012.  The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant. 

Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (www.apositiveplace.net)

A $45,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia to purchase and upgrade equipment to increase capacity for the feeding program at various Boys and Girls Club locations.  The Boys and Girls Club seeks to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds, but especially those who need them most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. 

Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)(www.camdencasa.org)

A $40,000 grant to the Camden County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kingsland, Georgia to provide operational support for Camden County CASA programs, including the visitation center.  CASA is a statewide program, established in Camden County in 1997 to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Camden County who have been placed in foster care. Advocacy services are provided through trained volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the child until the child is placed in a permanent and safe home.  The visitation program assists in increasing the frequency and amount of time children in foster care can spend with their families and helps better maintain their relationships with parents and other family members. 

Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.net)

A $35,000 grant to the Coastal Coalition for Children program in Brunswick, Georgia to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County in 2013.  The Coastal Coalition for Children is organized to work within the community to encourage communication and collaborations among agencies and individuals and to enable the development and coordination of services to high-risk youth and their families.  Healthy Families is a program that focuses on families who have teenage parents and their children ages 0 – 3. 

Safe Harbor Children’s Center (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)

A $34,000 grant to Safe Harbor Children’s Center in Brunswick, Georgia to hire a Recreation and Activities Coordinator to coordinate activities and provide job skill coaching for residents of Safe Harbor as well as runaway and homeless youth in the Street Outreach program.  Safe Harbor provides therapeutic services and a safe haven for abused, abandoned, neglected, at risk, runaway, and homeless children.  These services include immediate safe shelter, crisis intervention, therapeutic assessment, and a street outreach program to runway and homeless youth. 

Wesleyan College (www.wesleyancollege.edu)

A $35,000 grant to Wesleyan College, located in Macon, Georgia to provide financial support to Wesleyan College’s Lane Center for Community Engagement & Service to engage students in the community outreach programs.  An agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Wesleyan College strives to offer women an education that leads to lifelong intellectual, personal and professional growth.  Students are untied with the community through the Lane Center which focuses on community service and engagement in Central Georgia. 

Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com)

A $40,000 grant to the Remedy Project in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support to serve the treatment needs of those suffering addiction in the Glynn County community, specifically the Norwich Street area.  Begun in 2011, the Remedy Project is a faith-based addiction counseling and recovery program organized to serve clients in the city of Brunswick and other limited areas of Southeast Georgia.

Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)

A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2013.  Wesley Glen is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves people with mental disabilities in central and South Georgia.

American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter (www.coastalredcross.org)

A $25,000 grant to the American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter to provide funding for personal assistance to families who experience house fires in Glynn and Brantley Counties.  The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief free of charge to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. 

America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia (www.helpendhunger.org)

Grants totaling $50,000 to America’s Second Harvest in Brunswick, Georgia to be provided in two segments:  $25,000 to provide operational support for the Brunswick, GA warehouse in 2013 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2013.  America's Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia was established in Savannah in 1981 to provide hunger relief services to 21 counties in coastal Georgia.  The food distribution warehouse located in Brunswick, Georgia serves southeast Georgia including the four counties of Camden, Glynn, Brantley, and Charlton. 

Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)

A $8,408 reimbursement grant to Epworth By the Sea to provide funding for a Young Clergy Family Retreat in December 2012.  The three-day retreat focuses on young clergy families, to provide them a much needed time of renewal, rest, and quality family time.  Epworth By The Sea is located on St. Simons Island and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Open Door Community House (www.opendoorcommunityhouse.org)

An $85,000 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to support the organization’s fiscal year 2013 operating budget.  Open Door is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and provides a number of social services to low and moderate-income residents of Muscogee County, Georgia.  Services include case management for homeless women, programs for children, youth and senior citizens, a clothing ministry, a community parenting program, a GED program, a transition home for women in crisis and a showering program for the homeless.

Salvation Army of Brunswick (www.salvationarmybrunswick.org)

A $50,000 grant to the Salvation Army of Brunswick to provide general operational support, specifically for the emergency shelter and transitional housing program.  The Salvation Army in Brunswick is the only homeless shelter for men and women in the Golden Isles area.  The emergency shelter and transitional living programs provide lodging, meals, personal hygiene items, showers, and casework services to clients.  Both short-term and long-term lodging is available.

Society of St. Andrew (www.endhunger.org)

A $30,000 grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support fiscal year 2013 operating expenses for the regional gleaning office located in Tifton, Georgia.  The Society of St. Andrew is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which distributes millions of pounds of food annually to food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches for local distribution and individuals. 

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)

Grants totaling $95,000 to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to be provided in two segments:  $20,000 to provide financial support for the Regional Momentum Summit in February 2013 and a $75,000 challenge grant to further assist in improving the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits in Camden, Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties.  The Regional Momentum Summit will be held on Jekyll Island in February 2013 and Momentum participants will have an opportunity to connect and network with potential funders from across the state and region. The summit will create an environment where prepared nonprofit organizations with leadership and programmatic capacity can meet with funders who are looking to invest in Georgia’s rural communities and partner with well run, sustainable organizations.  The challenge grant represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program.  The Georgia Center for Nonprofits works to serve, strengthen and support local nonprofits by providing them with information, nonprofit management and business skills training, consulting, technology, insurance and employment services. 

Wesley Foundation of Macon (www.wesleyofmacon.org)

A $28,000 challenge grant to Wesley Foundation of Macon to support the Intern Program.  This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program.  Wesley Foundation of Macon is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church for college students at multiple campuses in the Macon, Georgia area.  Their mission is to be a place of belonging for all college-aged students where they can grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ.  Through their ministry they hope students will grow in their faith to become the next generation of Christian leaders.

The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)

A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide seed funding for a unique collaboration called the Together Coalition to build community resilience in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda.  This grant represents the continuation of a 5-year partnership between the Together Coalition and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation.  The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies (Church World Service, MAP International, ECHO and SMUMCF) to carry out a joint development program. Together will work in Northern Uganda to serve the poor and marginalized while capitalizing on the core competencies of each organization. Through this integrated development program the coalition will mobilize active community participation where individuals, families and communities can take responsible action to improve their well-being. Community empowerment, holistic integrated development and spiritual growth are important dimensions of this joint venture. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region. Grant funds will be administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.

The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved the following grants for the Spring 2012 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $748,500 were made to 17 charitable organizations the week of June 4, 2012. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

 

Brantley County Family Connections

A $25,000 grant to provide operational support for Brantley County ROCKS (Rally Our Community and Kids Against Substance Abuse), a project of the Brantley County Family Connections whose goal is to reduce substance abuse in Brantley County and to protect the health, safety and quality of life for everyone especially children.

Care Net Pregnancy Center (www.ourpartners.org )

A $30,310 grant to partially support the salary of a nurse in the Kingsland office and provide for ultrasound training of the entire nursing staff of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia allowing for continued eligibility for the Focus on the Family Option Ultrasound Project and continued effective outreach in Southeast Georgia. Care Net is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to advancing the sanctity of human life and sexual purity by providing abstinence education, free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds and counseling for women with unplanned pregnancies.

CASA Glynn (www.casaglynn.org)

A $15,000 grant to provide funding for a dedicated staff member to manage the visitation center and visitations for CASA Glynn clients in fiscal year 2013. CASA is a statewide program, established to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Camden County who have been placed in foster care. Advocacy services are provided through trained volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile Court to represent the child until the child is placed in a permanent and safe home. The visitation program assists in increasing the frequency and amount of time children in foster care can spend with their families and helps better maintain their relationships with parents and other family members.

Charlton County Family Connections

A $1,000 grant to purchase educational materials for future Teen Maze events in Charlton County. Charlton County Family Connections was established to provide children and families in Charlton County the opportunity to meet their potential in a safe, healthy, educated and supportive environment.

Communities In Schools (www.cisofglynncounty.org)

A $45,500 grant to provide operational support for the Focus Graduation program at Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy for fiscal year 2012. Communities in Schools brings adults into the schools to help address children’s unmet needs, providing a link between educators and the community. The program provides before-school academic support programs, incentives, case management, parental engagement / family support services and on-site program coordination in hopes of preventing at-risk students from dropping out of school.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)

A $16,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, to provide salary support for a part-time Administrative Assistant. This represents the first year of a four-year commitment to this program. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an interdenominational organization promoting positive, Christian principles to individuals around the world. It conducts programs through over 200 field offices in rural, suburban and urban areas spreading the Gospel to young people in junior high, high school and college.

Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)

A $75,000 grant to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, Georgia to provide funding for facility maintenance and improvement projects at various Methodist Home campus locations in fiscal year 2012. The Methodist Home is an agency of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that seeks to provide a healing, nurturing setting for children, youth and families in need through regional group homes.

Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)

A $79,900 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to provide operational support for Wesley Community Center in Savannah for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The Wesley Community Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which serves children of all abilities, and has many programs and services to cater to the needs of low and moderate-income women, children, youth and families throughout Savannah and the surrounding area.

Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House

A $30,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to provide operational support in fiscal year 2013. Camden House provides safety and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence through a variety of programs and services.

Faithworks

A $42,540 conditional grant to Faithworks, in Glynn County, to provide operational support for “Open Doors”, a re-entry program for released offenders. “Open Doors” began in Spring 2011 and works with recently released offenders, providing a full continuum of services to help the participants re-enter society and become self-sufficient. Services include helping individuals find jobs, secure affordable housing, receive training, and participation in a mentoring group and case management.

Glynn Community Crisis Center / Amity House (www.amityhouse-gccc.com )

A $30,000 challenge grant to Glynn Community Crisis Center to provide operational support for the Hope House Transitional Living Program. The Glynn Community Crisis Center provides emergency shelter and services to individuals and their children suffering from domestic abuse. Hope House provides a continuum of housing and support to families exiting the emergency shelter that are in need of additional services and collaboration with community resources to become self-sufficient.

STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)

A $30,000 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the STAR Program for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The STAR Foundation assists individuals in achieving self-sufficiency and economic stability through computer literacy and job readiness training.

Coastal Counseling Center (www.coastalcounselingcenter.org )

A $41,750 grant to Coastal Counseling Center to provide operational support for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Coastal Counseling Center provides mental health and substance abuse services for adults in Camden County promoting hope, help and healing through counseling in a professional, community-based, caring environment. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee that is relative to a family’s income level.  

Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.com)

A $25,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support for Grace House, a women’s residential recovery home, in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Located in Brunswick, GA, Grace House is a non-profit, long-term residential home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Their mission is to provide a safe, structured, affordable Christian home with a 12 step recovery program for women who have a desire to live free of drug and alcohol addictions regardless of age, race, religious beliefs or financial situation.

Hospice of the Golden Isles (www.hospice.me)

A $26,500 grant to provide operational support for the bereavement program of the Hospice of the Golden Isles for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Hospice provides care for people who have a disease that will not benefit from further aggressive treatment, so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice of the Golden Isles also provides a bereavement support ad outreach program which extends for 13 months after the death of a patient and for 2 years after the death of a baby, child or adolescent.

The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)

A $35,000 challenge grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to support the college ministry Converge at the College of Coastal Georgia. The recent expansion of the College of Coastal Georgia to a 4-year curriculum and the addition of student housing is providing the college with opportunities to increase its student services and include a more holistic approach to the student body.  The Gathering Place ministry will help to serve as a spiritual component of the college’s overall approach to better serve its students. 

The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)

A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide seed funding for a unique collaboration called the Together Coalition to build community resilience in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda. This grant represents the continuation of a 5-year partnership between the Together Coalition and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies (Church World Service, MAP International, ECHO and SMUMCF) to carry out a joint development program. Together will work in Northern Uganda to serve the poor and marginalized while capitalizing on the core competencies of each organization. Through this integrated development program the coalition will mobilize active community participation where individuals, families and communities can take responsible action to improve their well-being. Community empowerment, holistic integrated development and spiritual growth are important dimensions of this joint venture. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region. Grant funds will be administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.

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