The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. approved grants for the Fall 2016 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $603,020 will be made available to 14 tax-exempt organizations the week of December 5, 2016. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

Adoption Share (
A $25,000 grant to Adoption Share in Brunswick, Georgia to develop an assessment tool for Family Match, a program for children and adoptive families in the foster care system to generate the most compatible matches between children and families for placement. Family-Match, the first eHarmony for child welfare, applies data analytics to placement decisions, allowing caseworkers to identify the most compatible families for children in state care. By utilizing data to predict the most appropriate families for foster children, Family-Match has the ability to decrease placement disruption, a key factor that statistically increases the likelihood a child in foster care will become incarcerated, under educated, homeless, and/or a victim of sex trafficking.

America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia (
A $25,000 grant to America’s Second Harvest in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Brunswick, GA warehouse in 2017. 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 (
A $21,000 grant to the Board of Ordained Ministry to provide operational support for the S3 Program. This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program. The S3 Program (Sabbath, Study, and Service) is a collaborative, small group, action learning project/experience designed to promote and sustain clergy excellence within the South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC.

Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia (
A $100,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, located in Brunswick, Georgia, to support renovations of the Terrill Thomas unit. The Boys & Girls Club of Glynn has been a presence in Brunswick, Georgia for 46 years providing a safe place for local youth to engage in various after-school, weekend and summer programs, which are geared to enhance self-esteem and build life skills. Their mission is 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.

Casa Glynn (
A $15,520 grant to Casa Glynn to provide operational support including support for two full-time Advocate Coordinators. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Glynn was established in 1994 to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Glynn County who are at risk and as such 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.

Communities In Schools ( )
A $55,000 grant to Communities in Schools in Brunswick, Georgia to support administrative expenses at Glynn Academy and the partial salary of a Site Coordinator at Brunswick High School. 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 to prevent at-risk students from dropping out of school. Communities in Schools is making a significant difference in improving the high school graduation rates in Glynn County.

A $32,000 grant to Faithworks to support a full-time volunteer coordinator and equipment to increase volunteers and financial support for various FaithWorks’ programs. This represents the first year of a two-year commitment to this project. Specifically, the grant is to support years two and three of the implementation of a three-year initiative called “Project Step-Up and Join”. The initiative will focus on improving systems for volunteer recruitment, build new orientation and training materials, and develop donor recognition tools and communication materials. Faithworks is an ecumenical ministry that focuses on -- but is not limited to -- community healthcare services and poverty needs in Glynn County and the surrounding Southeast Georgia area.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (
An $14,500 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to establish a part-time FCA baseball position and part-time coordinator for FCA elementary Huddles in Camden County, Georgia. This represents the second 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.

The Gathering Place ( )
A 50,000 grant to the Gathering Place to support the purchase and maintenance costs for a database software suite, contracts with GCN and an outside consultant, as well as other expenses to implement a new outcome tracking and measurement strategy. The Gathering Place was established in 1981 to provide youth-oriented Christian activities to local youth and to develop and deploy Christian leaders.

Magnolia Manor (
A $50,000 grant to Magnolia Manor to support the implementation of the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) portion of the new strategic plan. This represents the first year of a two-year commitment to this project. Magnolia Manor opened in 1963 in response to the need for safe, secure housing and long-term care for the elderly. Today, Magnolia Manor provides, as a ministry of the United Methodist Church, a variety of quality retirement communities throughout southern Georgia serving over 1800 older adults.

Open Door Community House (
A $75,000 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to provide general operating expenses for the Circles in Columbus city-wide initiative. Open Door is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Circles in Columbus is a structured program for low-income families to create personal and community plans to elevate them out of poverty. This is a national program that brings together persons in poverty and “allies” who are people seeking to build relationships with persons in poverty to help them end their impoverished situation.

Remedy Project (
A $40,000 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. 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.

Society of St. Andrew (
A $25,000 challenge grant to the Society of St. Andrew to support 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.

Thornwell Home for Children (

A $75,000 grant to Thornwell Home for Children to expand the Building Families program to Camden County, Georgia providing prevention resources to families in need. This represents the first year of a three-year commitment to this program. Founded as a Presbyterian ministry in 1875 as an orphanage for children of the Civil War, Thornwell Home for Children has evolved to provide residential care, academic programs, and community-based family programs throughout Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Thornwell’s Building Families Program is a community-based, intensive in-home program which provides services that build upon the existing strengths of families in order to reduce the stressors interfering with healthy family functioning. The goal of Building Families is to stabilize families and help family members grow together.

The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2016 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $604,875 will be made to 15 local and statewide organizations the week of June 6, 2016. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter (
A $30,000 reimbursement 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.

Andrew College ( )
A $10,000 grant to Andrew College to support the joint chaplain position for the campus. This grant represents the second year of a five-year commitment to this program. 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.

Children In Action Sports Club ( )
A $25,000 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for afterschool and summer programming for CIA participants. CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to intentionally build relationships with children 5-14 years olds 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.

Coastal Coalition for Children (
Grants totaling $48,500 to Coastal Coalition of Children in Brunswick, Georgia to be provided in two segments: $30,000 to support the Healthy Families program in Glynn County providing grant management and financial oversight services and $18,500 to provide operating support for Grandparent Connections, a support group for grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren in Glynn and Camden Counties. The Coastal Coalition for Children is organized to work within the community to encourage communication and collaboration among agencies and individuals and to enable the development and coordination of services to high-risk youth and their families.

Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (
A $50,000 challenge grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to provide operating support for the organization. This represents the second year of a three-year commitment to this program. The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation exists to increase philanthropy and the quality of life in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh Counties.

Covenant Care Services, Inc. ( )
A $15,000 partial-challenge 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 agency licensed by the State of Georgia and work with local crisis pregnancy centers (including our local CareNet Pregnancy Center), local health departments, DFCS, hospitals and churches.

Georgia Grantmakers Alliance ( )
A $1,000 grant to the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance to support 2016 operational expenses. The Georgia Grantmakers Alliance brings private grant makers in Georgia together to strengthen connections, explore statewide issues, and share learning within and beyond the grant making community to promote sound public policy.

Glynn Community Crisis Center / Amity House (
A $35,000 grant to Glynn Community Crisis Center to support the expansion of community outreach programs and develop a Teen Dating Violence Prevention program. Amity House was founded to provide emergency shelter and services to abused individuals and their children and to put an end to domestic violence in the community. Outreach programs provide support groups for victims and their children in a compassionate and non-threatening environment with a licensed clinical social worker

Hospice of the Golden Isles (
An $80,800 grant to expand palliative care services and provide salary support for a Chief Medical Officer and nurse practitioner. This represents the first year of a two-year commitment to this program, with the second year being issued as a challenge grant. 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. Palliative care provides pain and symptom management to anyone who is medically eligible for treatment that may or may not be hospice patients.

Hospice Satilla
A $50,000 grant to Hospice Satilla to support a part-time social worker and chaplain for the Charlton and Brantley County service areas as well as grief and educational support groups. Hospice Satilla exists to provide comprehensive, quality care services to terminally ill patients and their families using a holistic approach and addressing the physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual issues associated with the dying process. They strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Safe Harbor (
A $100,000 challenge grant to partially support the construction of new residential facilities in Brunswick, Georgia. 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 run away and homeless youth.

Satilla Advocacy Services
A $23,000 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 wellbeing 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.

STAR Foundation (
A $30,525 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.

The Vashti Center for Children and Families (
A $60,300 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to provide general operating support for program services. The Vashti Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a number of services to children including 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 Glen Ministries (
A $45,750 grant to Wesley Glen Ministries to overhaul the human resource practices of Wesley Glen by implementing a partnership with a new human resources company. 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.

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