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Spring 2019 Grant Recipients


The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2019 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $630,055 will be made to 16 organizations the week of June 3, 2019. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

Organizations Serving Southeast Georgia

Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center (www.camdenhousega.org)

A $50,000 grant to Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center to support a new community social services collaborative effort in Camden County that identifies and supports victims of domestic violence and their children. Camden House is working with a core group of social service agencies, as part of the Salvation Army Pathways Collaborative, to develop extensive case management services directly benefitting victims of domestic violence and their children. This is a trauma-informed approach that maximizes resources for a client, while reducing their re-victimization and time requirements.

CASA Glynn, Inc. (www.casaglynn.org)

A $28,500 grant to CASA Glynn, Inc. 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. While CASA volunteers strictly advocate for the best interest of children, CASA feels that often the best interest of children is for their parents to have a chance to correct the behaviors that caused them to come into foster care. CASA advocates for parents to have full evaluations and to have the ability and support from the Department and other community resources to complete their case plan and better their circumstances, therefore improving their capacity to care for themselves and their families.

Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.org)

A $48,075 grant to Coastal Coalition for Children to provide general operating support for the Healthy Families program in Glynn County. Healthy Families is a program currently operated in Glynn, McIntosh, and recently expanded to Brantley Counties that focuses on families who have teenage parents and their children ages 0–3. The program provides voluntary assessment and in-home visitation for parents at high-risk of abusing or neglecting their children. Family support workers model parenting, teach child development, make referrals and provide counseling to parents in the program.

Communities in Schools of Glynn County (www.glynncounty.communitiesinschools.org)

A $45,000 grant to Communities in Schools of Glynn County to fund general operating support. 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.

Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org)

A $20,000 grant to Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation as the 1st year of a 3-year partnership to fund a technology upgrade. The community foundation concept is simple: it is a creative, cost-effective and tax efficient way for people to invest in the local community. It supports charitable activities focused primarily on the local needs of Coastal Georgia and builds resources from a broad cross-section of the public.

Companions for Heroes (www.companionsforheroes.org)

A $40,000 grant to Companions for Heroes (C4H) to fund general operating support. C4H is a nationwide organization that provides companion animals to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. Preventing military vets from committing suicide and giving them a purpose in life is the reason for the existence of C4H. They are raising public awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes.

Cord of Three (www.cotcs.org)

A $46,000 grant to Cord of Three to expand their ability to provide emotional and spiritual support to children in the Coastal Academy program in Glynn and Camden County School systems, who have been diagnosed with a severe emotional / behavioral disorder. Cord of Three provides professional, Christian counseling services to families and individuals within Southeast Georgia in need of mental health and spiritual counseling.

FaithWorks (www.faithworksministry.org)

A partial challenge grant totaling $75,000 to FaithWorks to expand the homeless ministry program in Glynn County. FaithWorks is an affiliated ministry of the United Methodist Church whose ministry is to encourage people to live out their faith by serving others locally. The Open Doors housing model and the job-training program is helping to move people away from vagrancy to sustainable living by providing safe housing, skills training, and job placement. As men and women learn a marketable skill, they are more likely to qualify for available jobs, and thus they will have a greater capacity to care for themselves and their families.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.fcaofcc.org)

A $12,480 challenge grant to Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as a two-year partnership to expand FCA’s Corp of Field Ambassadors in SE GA. FCA desires to serve 5 middle and high school campuses, as well as many community sport organizations, and 1 area college. Athletes and coaches need positive role models and a framework of strong moral, ethical, and spiritual values to appropriately handle life’s challenges. Through involvement with FCA, athletes and coaches in the community will have Christian mentors, hear the gospel, participate in a peer Bible study, and have a team that supports them spiritually and emotionally, as well as physically.

Georgia Center for Nonprofits (www.gcn.org)

A $75,000 challenge grant to Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) to provide operating support for the Coastal Georgia office for three years. This represents the third and final year of a three-year commitment to this program, with all three years being issued as challenge grants. GCN 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.

HOPE 1312 Collective (www.hope1312co.org)

A $35,000 grant to HOPE 1312 Collective (formerly Heart Gallery of Georgia) to provide general operating support. HOPE 1312 Collective’s mission is to enable the church to engage in the child welfare system, providing tangible Hope that improves the foster care experience and outcomes in their community. The church is commanded to care for orphans and the church has a common belief that the family is the foundation of a successful society. HOPE 1312 Collective’s goal is to share, support, and shape the stories of children from hard places by providing them with Hope.

House of Hope (www.houseofhoperefugeoflove.com)

A partial challenge grant totaling $45,000 to House of Hope (HOH) to expand curriculum for “Hope Academy” and “Hope Quest.” HOH is located in Brunswick, and serves as the only faith-based safe home for rescued sex trafficking victims (girls ages 12-18 years old) in the coastal region of Georgia. Christian counseling providers work alongside HOH trained staff to help these child victims feel safe and secure so they can move forward towards leading a normal life. “Hope Academy” and “Hope Quest” are Christian based curricula being used to move the girls towards self-sustainability.

STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)

A $20,000 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide general operating support for 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 Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com)

A partial challenge grant totaling $50,000 to The Remedy Project to purchase / install / implement a new unified database system. 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.

Organizations of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church:

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 fifth and final year of a five-year commitment to this program. Located in Cuthbert, Georgia, Andrew College is an agency of the So. GA 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.

Vashti Center (www.vashti.org)

A $30,000 grant to Vashti Center to expand the Community Mental Health Program in Colquitt County. The Vashti Center is an agency of the So. GA Conference of the United Methodist Church providing 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.

Fall 2018 Grant Recipients


The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2018 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $635,500 will be made to 12 organizations the week of December 3, 2018. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.

Organizations Serving Southeast Georgia

Camden Behavioral Wellness, Inc. (www.camdenbehavioralwellness.com)

A $50,000 grant to Camden Behavioral Wellness, Inc. (CBW) to provide operational support. CBW provides behavioral healthcare while striving to identify and meet the unmet mental health gaps in Camden County.

Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.org)

A $15,000 challenge grant to Coastal Coalition for Children in support of Grandparent Connections, a support group for grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren in Glynn County.

Covenant Care Services, Inc. (www.covenantcareadoptions.com)

A $15,000 partial challenge grant to support a birthmother caseworker in Camden, Brantley, Charlton, and Glynn Counties. Covenant Care is a Christian organization providing 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.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)

A $6,500 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 fourth and final 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.

Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)

A $44,100 grant in support of GP’s middle and high school campus ministries in Glynn County. The Gathering Place reaches students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, equips students to be effective Christian leaders, and sends students to impact their communities and their world.

Grace House of Brunswick, Inc. (www.gracehousebrunswick.org)

A $50,000 challenge grant to provide general operating support. Grace House, located in Brunswick, Georgia is a long-term residential recovery 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.

House of Hope (www.houseofhoperefugeoflove.com)

A $38,400 grant to provide funding for start-up costs. House of Hope is located in Brunswick, Georgia and serves as a faith-based safe home for rescued sex trafficking victims (girls ages 12-18 years old) in the State of Georgia. Once rescued, House of Hope will be a therapeutic group home that takes these young girls through a 1-year program with curriculum to help them lead productive lives.

Morningstar Children and Family Services (www.morningstarcfs.org)

A $39,500 grant to Morningside Children and Family Services. Morningstar CFS provides youth and family services in the areas of residential care, foster care, and mental health counseling. The grant will support Morningstar’s expansion of mental health services in Glynn County.

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

A $50,000 grant to support the transformation of the former Safe Harbor Children’s Center’s boys’ home in Brunswick, Georgia into a new Transitional Living Home for young women and implementation of STRIVE programming. STRIVE, an acronym for Supported Transition to Independence, Vocation, and Education uses intensive case management and service coordination to ensure that young women in crisis become self-sufficient and less reliant on social services.

Skylark (formerly Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia) (www.helloskylark.com)

A $52,000 grant to Skylark to provide funding for an additional nurse to provide medical services for the mobile medical unit. 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.

Organizations of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church:

Open Door Community House (www.opendoorcommunityhouse.org)

A $75,000 grant to provide program support for the Circles in Columbus initiative in Columbus, Georgia. Circles is a nationally recognized, structured program for low-income families to create personal and community plans to elevate them out of poverty.

Christian Organizations Working Internationally:

Partners Worldwide (www.partnersworldwide.org)

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 second year of a 4-year partnership between Partners Worldwide and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation in support of Hopeline Institute in Ghana, West Africa.

Grant funds are invested to support 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: 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 impact on poverty alleviation by creating 49,000 new jobs over the 4-year period. With each job supporting on average five dependents, over 245,000 lives will be improved in communities of poverty and unemployment.

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