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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.