The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2012 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $748,500 will be made to 17 charitable organizations the week of June 4, 2012. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Brantley County Family Connections
A $25,000 grant to provide operational support for Brantley County ROCKS (Rally Our Community and Kids Against Substance Abuse), a project of the Brantley County Family Connections whose goal is to reduce substance abuse in Brantley County and to protect the health, safety and quality of life for everyone especially children.
Care Net Pregnancy Center (www.ourpartners.org )
A $30,310 grant to partially support the salary of a nurse in the Kingsland office and provide for ultrasound training of the entire nursing staff of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia allowing for continued eligibility for the Focus on the Family Option Ultrasound Project and continued effective outreach in Southeast Georgia. Care Net 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 Glynn (www.casaglynn.org)
A $15,000 grant to provide funding for a dedicated staff member to manage the visitation center and visitations for CASA Glynn clients in fiscal year 2013. CASA is a statewide program, established to provide advocacy services for abused and neglected children in Camden County who 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. The visitation program assists in increasing the frequency and amount of time children in foster care can spend with their families and helps better maintain their relationships with parents and other family members.
Charlton County Family Connections
A $1,000 grant to purchase educational materials for future Teen Maze events in Charlton County. Charlton County Family Connections was established to provide children and families in Charlton County the opportunity to meet their potential in a safe, healthy, educated and supportive environment.
Communities In Schools (www.cisofglynncounty.org)
A $45,500 grant to provide operational support for the Focus Graduation program at Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy for fiscal year 2012. 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 in hopes of preventing at-risk students from dropping out of school.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
A $16,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, to provide salary support for a part-time Administrative Assistant. This represents the first 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.
Methodist Home for Children and Youth (www.themethodisthome.org)
A $75,000 grant to the Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, Georgia to provide funding for facility maintenance and improvement projects at various Methodist Home campus locations in fiscal year 2012. The Methodist Home is an agency of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that seeks to provide a healing, nurturing setting for children, youth and families in need through regional group homes.
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)
A $79,900 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to provide operational support for Wesley Community Center in Savannah for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The Wesley Community Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church which serves children of all abilities, and has many programs and services to cater to the needs of low and moderate-income women, children, youth and families throughout Savannah and the surrounding area.
Camden Community Crisis Center / Camden House
A $30,000 grant to Camden Community Crisis Center to provide operational support in fiscal year 2013. Camden House provides safety and support for people in Camden and Charlton counties who are victims of domestic violence through a variety of programs and services.
A $42,540 conditional grant to Faithworks, in Glynn County, to provide operational support for “Open Doors”, a re-entry program for released offenders. “Open Doors” began in Spring 2011 and works with recently released offenders, providing a full continuum of services to help the participants re-enter society and become self-sufficient. Services include helping individuals find jobs, secure affordable housing, receive training, and participation in a mentoring group and case management.
Glynn Community Crisis Center / Amity House (www.amityhouse-gccc.com )
A $30,000 challenge grant to Glynn Community Crisis Center to provide operational support for the Hope House Transitional Living Program. The Glynn Community Crisis Center provides emergency shelter and services to individuals and their children suffering from domestic abuse. Hope House provides a continuum of housing and support to families exiting the emergency shelter that are in need of additional services and collaboration with community resources to become self-sufficient.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)
A $30,000 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the STAR Program for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. The STAR Foundation assists individuals in achieving self-sufficiency and economic stability through computer literacy and job readiness training.
Coastal Counseling Center (www.coastalcounselingcenter.org )
A $41,750 grant to Coastal Counseling Center to provide operational support for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Coastal Counseling Center provides mental health and substance abuse services for adults in Camden County promoting hope, help and healing through counseling in a professional, community-based, caring environment. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee that is relative to a family’s income level.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.com)
A $25,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support for Grace House, a women’s residential recovery home, in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Located in Brunswick, GA, Grace House is a non-profit, 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.
Hospice of the Golden Isles (www.hospice.me)
A $26,500 grant to provide operational support for the bereavement program of the Hospice of the Golden Isles for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. 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. Hospice of the Golden Isles also provides a bereavement support ad outreach program which extends for 13 months after the death of a patient and for 2 years after the death of a baby, child or adolescent.
The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)
A $35,000 challenge grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to support the college ministry Converge at the College of Coastal Georgia. The recent expansion of the College of Coastal Georgia to a 4-year curriculum and the addition of student housing is providing the college with opportunities to increase its student services and include a more holistic approach to the student body. The Gathering Place ministry will help to serve as a spiritual component of the college’s overall approach to better serve its students.
The Together Coalition (www.togethercoalition.org)
A $200,000 grant to the Together Coalition to provide seed funding for a unique collaboration called the Together Coalition to build community resilience in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda. This grant represents the continuation of a 5-year partnership between the Together Coalition and the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation. The Together coalition brings together four Christian agencies (Church World Service, MAP International, ECHO and SMUMCF) to carry out a joint development program. Together will work in Northern Uganda to serve the poor and marginalized while capitalizing on the core competencies of each organization. Through this integrated development program the coalition will mobilize active community participation where individuals, families and communities can take responsible action to improve their well-being. Community empowerment, holistic integrated development and spiritual growth are important dimensions of this joint venture. The goal of the program is to build community resilience in the region. Grant funds will be administered through a donor advised fund at the National Christian Foundation.
The St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. was organized in January 2001 to support the charitable activities of the St. Marys United Methodist Church. Annual grant distributions will typically represent about 3% to 5% of the Foundation’s value. The Foundation awards grants twice each year, in the spring and the fall. Grant proposals are accepted year round. Proposals received from December 2nd to June 1st will be considered for the Fall cycle while proposals received from June 2nd to December 1st will be considered for the Spring cycle. Proposals to be considered must be related to:
Children, Youth and Family – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well-being of children, youth and families.
Adults and Elderly – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that promote the spiritual, mental and/or physical well-being of adults and elderly.
Health, Mental Health, and Intellectual Disabilities – Agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs in southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties) that provide research, treatment, or care in the fields of health, mental health and intellectual disabilities.
Evangelism and Missions – Agencies of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and programs that equip God’s people for evangelism, programs whose sole focus is spreading the Gospel, and mission programs which seek to spread the Gospel through local southeast Georgia (Camden, Glynn, Brantley and Charlton Counties).
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.