The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2018 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $719,812 will be made to 12 organizations the week of June 4, 2018. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
A $70,500 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, located in Brunswick, Georgia, to relocate the McIntyre Court Unit to the new Burroughs-Molette Elementary School. The Boys & Girls Club of Glynn has been a presence in Brunswick, Georgia for over 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.
A $50,000 grant to Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center to provide general operating support. Camden House was established in 1987 and in 1990 began operating as an emergency shelter providing safety, confidentiality and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence. The goal of Camden House is to educate and motivate victims to take control of their lives and recognize alternatives to returning to an abusive situation.
A $26,437 grant to CASA Glynn to provide general operating support. CASA Glynn provides advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Glynn and Camden County who are at risk and 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.
A $36,875 grant to Coastal Coalition for Children to provide operating support for the Healthy Families program in Glynn County. Coastal Coalition for Children works 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.
A partial challenge grant totaling $125,000 to FaithWorks to provide funding for the salaries, the purchase of distressed homes and renovation materials to expand a community housing model and job training program for men and women who are homeless in Glynn County. 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.
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 second 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.
A $30,000 grant to Heart Gallery of Georgia to provide general operating support. Heart Gallery of Georgia was established in 2014 and is one of more than 120 Heart Galleries across the United States. Heart Gallery uses professional photographers to create inspiring portraits of children waiting for adoption. Today, the vast majority of states have at least one Heart Gallery and are raising awareness about adoption through foster care. The result has been incredible with hundreds of children finding permanent homes.
A $60,000 challenge grant to Hospice of the Golden Isles to provide general operating support. The challenge grant is offered to assist Hospice in growing the HGI Endowment Fund established with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. 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.
A $186,000 grant to the Salvation Army –St. Marys Service Center to expand Pathways of Hope. The focus of the Pathways of Hope program is to provide services that allow families to break through the barriers of poverty to become self-sufficient. The grant will be distributed incrementally with 50% provided in June 2018 and the balance provided in December 2018 depending upon program progress and performance.
A $30,000 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.
A $10,000 grant to Andrew College to support the joint chaplain position for the campus. This grant represents the fourth 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.
A $20,000 grant to the Office of Congregational Development for the South Georgia Conference of the UMC to implement a comprehensive, year-round leadership development program for churches of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the UMC. Born out of the priorities established by the South Georgia Annual Conference Strategic Initiatives Team, a program was envisioned called Increased Impact to develop more effective leaders, both clergy and lay, to serve and grow the churches in the South Georgia Annual Conference. Increased Impact is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018.
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2017 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $794,018 will be made to 14 organizations the week of December 4, 2017. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
A $31,768 grant to Skylark to provide funding to upgrade medical equipment at the Camden County clinic. Skylark 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.
A $30,000 partial challenge grant to Children in Action Sports Clubs to provide a partial challenge grant to provide operational support for afterschool and summer programming for CIA participants in Brunswick, Georgia. CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to build relationships with children 5-14 years old and 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.
A 50,000 grant to Coastal Counseling Center to provide funds to purchase technology, research-based hands-on tools and furniture appropriate for the provision of one-on-one client services, group therapy and to implement an experiential learning area for children. The Coastal Counseling Center was established in Camden County during 2004 in response to the growing need for affordable mental health care.
A $55,500 grant to Communities in Schools of Glynn County to provide funding to support the salary of a Site Coordinator at Brunswick High School and the partial salary of a Site Coordinator at Glynn Academy. 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 the final year of a three-year initiative to support a full-time volunteer coordinator and equipment to increase volunteers and financial support for various FaithWorks programs. The initiative works to improve 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.
A $10,500 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to support a part-time FCA baseball position and part-time coordinator for FCA elementary Huddles in Camden County, Georgia. This represents the third 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.
A 50,000 challenge grant to The Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to provide funding to support the new 707 Director position and associated operating expenses for calendar year 2018. The Gathering Place was established in 1981 to provide youth-oriented Christian activities to local youth and to develop and deploy Christian leaders.
A $59,250 grant to MAP International to provide funding to expand its Domestic Medicines Program to serve uninsured and underinsured populations in Brantley, Charlton, Camden and Glynn Counties by providing life-saving medicines and health supplies. MAP International (Medical Assistance Programs) was founded almost 53 years ago as a Christian, non-profit, global relief and development organization serving people living in 112 of the world's poorest communities, providing medicines, treatment programs and health training programs. Although MAP’s focus has historically been international, they recently expanded their mission field to rural areas of the United States.
A $50,000 grant to The Remedy Project to support continued expansion of the Friends & Family in Recovery program, explore mission opportunities, train staff in trauma care, help underwrite salaries for credential counselors and support ongoing program expenses. 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.
A $75,000 grant to Thornwell Home for Children to expand the Building Families program to Southeast Georgia providing prevention resources to families in need. This represents the second 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.
A $50,000 grant to Magnolia Manor to implement the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) portion of the new strategic plan. This represents the final 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.
A $75,000 grant to Open Door Community House in Columbus, Georgia to provide program support for the Circles in Columbus citywide initiative to include the operation of two full Circles sites and the introduction of one new training location. Circles in Columbus is a nationally recognized, structured program for low-income families to create personal and community plans to elevate them out of poverty.
A $25,000 challenge grant to Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. to provide general operating support for Wesley Community Center programs. The Wesley Community Center serves children of all abilities as well as providing programs and services to low and moderate-income women and families throughout Savannah and the surrounding area.
A $200,000 grant to Partners Worldwide to leverage entrepreneurs and job-creators to achieve increased sustainability and resilience for vulnerable people in Ghana, West Africa. This grant represents the first year of a new 4-year partnership between Partners Worldwide and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. Partners Worldwide began with a simple question: “Is there a way for businesspeople to become part of the solution to ending poverty, instead of being seen as part of the problem?” In 1994, Partners for Christian Development, now Partners Worldwide, was formed when Kenyan and American business people met to establish a loan fund for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), a business savings and loan cooperative, and partnerships between entrepreneurs. Partners for Christian Development grew out of World Renew (then Christian Reformed World Relief Committee). In 2005, responding to the increasing need to engage business people and professionals, Partners Worldwide was established as an independent faith-based business ministry, though it continues to partner with the Christian Reformed Church.
Partner’s Worldwide is currently working with 78 local partners called Local Community Institutions (LCI), in 27 countries implementing strategies to end poverty through business training, mentoring, access to capital and advocacy. Over the next 4 years, the SMUMC Foundation will be investing $200,000 per year with Hopeline Institute (www.partnersworldwide.org/lci/hopeline-institute) in Ghana, West Africa. Hopeline has been a very successful Partners Worldwide LCI partner since 2010 and is well positioned for significant expansion in the coming years.
Grant funds will be used to increase Hopeline Institute’s capacity to provide micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) business loans, training, mentoring and advocacy-support in the four sectors targeted and covered by the LCI: Agriculture, Manufacturing, Retail, and Service. A portion of the funds will be dedicated to an increased focus on long-term impacts through building inclusive agricultural value chains, which play an important role in ending poverty by linking small-scale, rural, and often marginalized farmers to viable markets.
The goal of this initiative is to increase Hopeline Institute’s impacts on job creation and poverty alleviation by 40 percent in the four-year period (averaging 10 percent annually). Over the four years, Hopeline Institute projects to create and sustain over 16,000 jobs. That equates to over 16,000 families with sustainable incomes to feed their children, pay school, health fees, etc. With each job supporting on average 5 dependents, that means over 80,000 lives touched in communities of poverty and unemployment.