The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2017 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $589,761 will be made to 12 local and statewide organizations the week of June 5, 2017. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Andrew College (www.andrewcollege.edu )
A $10,000 grant to Andrew College to support the joint chaplain position for the campus. This grant represents the third 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.
Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center (www.camdenhousega.org)
A $75,000 partial challenge grant to Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center to fund extensive strategic and organizational sustainability planning as well as upgrades and renovations necessary to remain compliant and professional. Camden House provides safety and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence, including sheltering and a variety of programs and services.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia (www.CoastalCareNet.org)
A $75,000 grant to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia to outfit and train for a mobile medical unit with a private counseling area and medical exam room. Care Net Pregnancy 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 (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Glynn (www.casaglynn.org)
A $33,996 grant to CASA Glynn to provide six months bridge funding for the Camden County CASA program as they merge with CASA Glynn. CASA Glynn provides advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Glynn and Camden 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.
Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.net)
A 30,000 grant to Coastal Coalition for Children to provide operating support for the Healthy Families program in Glynn County. 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 (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org)
A $50,000 challenge grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation for the third and final year of a three-year commitment to provide general operating support for the organization. The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation exists to increase philanthropy and the quality of life in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh Counties.
Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gnc.org)
A $75,000 challenge grant to Georgia Center for Nonprofits to provide operating support for the Coastal Georgia office for three years. This represents the first year of a three-year commitment to this program, with all three years being issued as challenge grants. 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.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.org)
A $30,000 challenge grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide general operating support. 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.
Hospice of the Golden Isles (www.hospice.me)
An $82,265 challenge grant to Hospice of the Golden Isles to expand palliative care services and provide salary support for a Chief Medical Officer and nurse practitioner. This represents the second and final 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.
Safe Harbor Children’s Center (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)
A $65,000 grant to Safe Harbor Children’s Center to provide operating support for the new campus facility. 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.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)
A $31,500 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide general operating support for the STAR programs. 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 (www.vashti.org)
A $32,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to upgrade electronic health records technology for Vashti operations. 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.
Additional information about the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is available on the Internet at www.smumcfoundation.org or by calling 912-510-9350.