The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2014 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $820,878 will be made available to 16 charitable organizations the week of December 1, 2014.
The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
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 2015 and $25,000 to support Mobile Food Pantries in Camden , Glynn, Charlton and Brantley counties in 2015. 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.
Board of Ordained Ministry (www.sgaumc.org/licensedandordainedministry )
A $21,000 grant to provide operational support for the S3 (Sabbath, Study, and Service) Program. The S3 Program is a collaborative, small group, action learning project/experience designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This represents the first of a three-year commitment to this program.
Camden County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)(www.camdencasa.org)
A $50,000 grant to the Camden County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kingsland, Georgia to provide operational support for Camden County CASA child advocacy program. 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.
Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House (www.camdenhousega.org)
A $20,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to support expanding the current mental and physical health dimension of existing programming. 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.
Care Net Pregnancy Center (http://coastalcarenet.org/ )
A $75,000 challenge grant to assist in developing a new marketing plan for the CareNet Ministry 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.
Communities In Schools of Glynn County (http://glynncounty.communitiesinschools.org/ )
A $45,500 grant to provide salary support for the Executive Director and site coordinator positions. 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.
Covenant Care Services, Inc. (www.covenantcareadoptions.com )
A $15,000 grant to underwrite expenses for a birthmother caseworker to provide services to Camden, Brantley, Charlton, and Glynn Counties for one year. Covenant Care provides adoption placement services and follow-up counseling to women, children and families throughout the State of Georgia as well as training and educational services to other organizations. They are a private, licensed agency and work with local crisis pregnancy centers (including CareNet Pregnancy Center), local health departments, DFCS, hospitals and churches.
Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)
A $10,000 reimbursement grant to Epworth By the Sea to provide funding for a Young Clergy Family Retreat in December 2014. 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.
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)
A $75,000 challenge grant to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to support coastal GCN operations. 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. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program.
Magnolia Manor ( www.magnoliamanor.com )
A $24,000 grant to provide stipends for chaplain services at the Moultrie and Macon Campuses. Magnolia Manor is a ministry of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church established to provide long-term care and affordable living to the elderly.
Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)
A $43,378 grant to implement an organizational intervention called the "Sanctuary Model" to more effectively serve vulnerable children and families. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to the “Sanctuary Model” program. 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.
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 2015 operating budget. Open Door is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their mission is to meet the basic needs of and to empower low- to moderate-income people of Muscogee County, Georgia and surrounding areas. Services include, but are not limited to, case management for homeless women, programs for children, youth and senior citizens, a GED program, a transition home for women in crisis and a showering program for the homeless.
Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com)
A $35,000 challenge 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.
Satilla Advocacy Services
A $22,000 grant to Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross, Georgia to partially support the Prevention Education Coordinator's salary and operational expenses for the satellite advocacy office in Charlton County, GA. Satilla Advocacy Services was established in 1997 to promote the mental and physical well-being of children, youth and families through forensic medical examinations, forensic interviews, therapy services and advocacy services for children who have been victims of physical or sexual assault as well as adult victims of sexual assault. Satilla Advocacy Services provides these services to the six counties of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, which includes Brantley and Charlton Counties.
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.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.org)
A $50,000 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to provide financial support for overall ministry operations in 2015. Wesley Glen is a ministry of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves people with intellectual disabilities in central and South Georgia.
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved the following grants for the Spring 2014 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $760,500 were made to 15 local, statewide and international organizations the week of June 2, 2014. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Children In Action Sports Club (www.CIASportsClub.org )
A $27,000 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Barnabas Club, a mentoring and ministry program for at-risk youth during the school year. CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to intentionally build relationships with children 5-14 year old to equip them to make healthy choices mentally, physically, and spiritually. Established in 2006, their mission is to utilize sports and physical activities as an outreach to children, youth, and adults to build character, excellence, and teamwork.
FaithBridge Foster Care (www.faithbridgefostercare.org )
A $50,000 grant to provide start-up costs for a FaithBridge Foster Care program in Glynn County, Georgia. FaithBridge is a licensed foster care agency that partners with local churches and communities to create a church-led foster care ministry. Their mission is to change the way America does foster care by mobilizing, organizing, and equipping local churches and communities to solve the country’s foster care crisis.
Safe Harbor (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)
A two-year grant to Safe Harbor Children's Center to support a new Child Sexual Abuse Community Prevention Initiative by providing for a Prevention Specialist and funding Prevent Now! meetings. The first year of funding will be provided in the amount of $35,000 and the second year of funding will be provided in the amount of $20,000. The program will be implemented in partnership with Glynn CASA, Camden County CASA, and Coastal Coalition for Children.
United Way of Coastal Georgia (www.uwcga.org)
A $50,000 grant to the United Way of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia to support the High School Graduation Blueprint Project initiative to increase the high school graduation rate in Glynn County. Specifically the grant will be used to recruit, hire, and retain an external evaluator and videographer to measure and document the progress of the High School Graduation Blueprint program.
The Vashti Center for Children and Families (www.vashti.org)
A $69,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to fund facility improvements for the Chambers building, which is part of the residential treatment program for children and youth. The Vashti Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a number of various services to children including an residential care, clinic services, intensive family intervention, community support individual services, permanency placement services and basic education for at-risk youth who have been removed from the public education system.
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)
A $75,000 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to provide operational support for Wesley Community Center in Savannah for one year. 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.
Andrew College (www.andrewcollege.edu )
A $50,000 challenge grant to Andrew College to support the retention of a full-time chaplain for the Andrew College campus. Located in Cuthbert, Georgia, Andrew College is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Their vision is to prepare a new generation of Christian leaders who are characterized by intellectual excellence, moral integrity, global responsibility and holiness of heart and life. The college has added a full-time chaplain to further enhance religious activities on campus.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.com)
A $15,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support for Grace House, a women’s residential recovery home, for one year. Located in Brunswick, Georgia, Grace House is a 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. Grace House is highly effective in helping women recover to live a sober and self-sustaining lifestyle.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)
A $30,000 challenge grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the STAR Program for one year. The STAR Foundation assists individuals in achieving self-sufficiency and economic stability through computer literacy and job readiness training. Since 1997, the program has been very successful in helping people transition from public assistance to self-sustainability.
Lighthorse Healthcare (www.lighthorse.org )
A $75,500 grant to Lighthorse Healthcare, located in St. Marys, Georgia, to support general operating expenses for clinic expansion, specifically hiring a nurse practitioner. Lighthorse Healthcare was established in 2012 to provide an integrated and sustainable therapeutic counseling model that encompasses behavioral health care, health and wellness, and experiential services. They provide patients with a wrap-around approach to behavioral healthcare.
American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter (www.coastalredcross.org)
A $30,000 grant to the American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter to provide funding for personal assistance to families who experience house fires in Glynn, Camden, Charlton, 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.
Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)
An $11,000 grant to Epworth By The Sea to sponsor Miss Ella’s Camp For Special People in 2014. Epworth By The Sea is a Christian retreat center owned and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The summer camp is provided to people, ages 16 and above with special mental and physical needs offering worship services, Bible study, exciting activities, music, games, quality craft projects and supervised recreation that enhance the camper’s life. Additionally, the camp provides family caretakers with respite time for personal renewal.
The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)
A $35,000 grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Doulos intern program. The GP has been providing Christian ministry to young people in SE Georgia since 1981. Doulos is a new leadership program designed to enhance a participating student’s spiritual growth, maturity, and citizenship.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
An $8,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, as the 3rd year of a 4-year commitment to provide salary support for a part-time Administrative Assistant. 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.
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 is working 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 mobilizes active community participation where individuals, families and communities 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 are administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.