The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2021 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $628,597 will be made to 14 organizations the week of June 1, 2021. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Organizations Serving Southeast Georgia:
Adoption-Share, Inc. (www.adoption-share.com): A $40,000 challenge grant to provide program support to deploy Family-Match Application in Georgia. Adoption-Share was established in 2010 to reform the private adoption arena and change public perception of adoption with a pro-adoption message. They seek to remove barriers that prevent families from adopting children and expectant parents from considering adoption for their unborn children. Adoption-Share does this by providing “Family-Match,” an online, web-based platform that centralizes information distribution and connects various resources and contacts for those involved in the adoption process. Adoption-Share has been proven to decrease the average wait for many adoptive parents by 18 months. Their application to help families to foster or adopt a child is flipping the script on the way placement decisions are made in the United States.
Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center (www.camdenhousega.org): A $75,000 grant to Camden House / Camden Community Crisis Center to fund general operating funds that serve several purposes for Camden House: by continuing to build the efforts of the Pathways Domestic Violence Collaborative, by serving as matching funds for federal funding grants, and by providing operational stability as Camden House conducts extensive resiliency planning resource development.
CASA Glynn, Inc. (www.casaglynn.org): A $28,612 grant to CASA Glynn, Inc. to fund direct program expense. 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. The CASA advocate brings an objective voice and remains a consistent figure that networks with other service providers and caseworkers in focusing on a better future for the families and children they serve.
Coastal Coalition for Children (www.cc4children.org): A grant totaling $53,985 to Coastal Coalition for Children to provide operational support for Healthy Families and First Steps in Glynn, Brantley, and Camden Counties. Healthy Families is a program 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.
Coastal Outreach Soccer/Coastal Outreach Academies (www.coastaloutreachsoccer.com): A $30,000 challenge grant to Coastal Outreach Soccer/Coastal Outreach Academies (COS) to fund operations and a staff position. The program was founded in 2004 through a collaborative effort involving the Glynn County School System, Brunswick Recreation Department, and local certified coaches. COS now serves 250 students from low-income homes through a 12-month after school program focusing on soccer and academic mentoring. Soccer provides a fun way to engage students from low-income communities, providing exercise in a safe environment and providing positive adult mentors to improve school attendance and academic performance. COS collaborates with Georgia Soccer Association for technical training for its director, coaches, and referees.
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org): A $15,000 grant to Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation as the third year of a three-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 (Camden, Glynn, & McIntosh) and builds resources from a broad cross-section of the public.
Hand in Hand of Glynn, Inc. (www.handinhandofglynn.org): A $50,000 challenge grant to provide funds to restore / renovate a building to use as a Community Center for a new homeless community in Glynn County. Hand in Hand of Glynn, Inc. was organized in 2018 to help end chronic homelessness in Glynn County. Their goal is to change the trajectory of 60 lives and to bring dignity and self-respect back to those who have lost their connection to their friends, family, and community. Hand in Hand is unique in that they will provide 60 tiny permanent homes (240 sq ft each) to those currently experiencing homelessness. These tiny homes will provide “permanent affordable supportive housing.”
HOPE 1312 Collective (www.hope1312co.org): A $50,000 challenge grant to provide general operating support to HOPE 1312 Collective located in Glynn County. Hope 1312 Collective is based on Proverbs 13:12, which states that hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. The story of kids in foster care is a story of hope deferred time and time again. The organization exists to enable the Church to engage in child welfare in a way that brings tangible hope and ends the foster care crisis. HOPE 1312 Collective’s goal is to share, support, and shape the stories of children from hard places by providing them with hope.
Hospice of the Golden Isles (www.hospice.me): An $82,500 challenge grant to underwrite a portion of the uncompensated room and board needs expected in 2021 – 2022. For 40 years, Hospice of the Golden Isles (HGI) has delivered expert and compassionate care for patients with advanced illness and their families. HGI is the only community-based, non-profit hospice and palliative care organization serving patients and families in their five-county licensed service area that includes Glynn, Camden, McIntosh, Brantley, and Charlton counties. HGI is the only local hospice provider to offer a freestanding Hospice House for inpatient respite and residential hospice care. They choose to operate a freestanding Hospice House to provide inpatient, respite, and residential services because this service has been identified as a very important need in their community. Many dying patients would not be able to receive care in a safe setting from reliable caregivers without this unique resource that HGI provides.
Southeast Georgia CASA, action pact, Inc. (www.myactionpact.org):
A $17,000 grant to Southeast Georgia CASA, action pact, Inc. to promote recruitment of CASA volunteers in the rural areas of Brantley and Charlton County. SE GA CASA of action pact, the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, provides community-based advocacy to make certain the needs of abused and neglected children in the court systems are met quickly.
St. Mark’s Towers Caring and Sharing Outreach Ministry (www.stmarkstowers.com): A $5,000 grant to provide operational support including a new staff position. In addition, a $25,000 challenge grant was approved in support of operational expenses. St. Mark’s Towers is a faith-based, non-profit Georgia Corporation serving senior adults throughout the Golden Isles since 1956. They are committed to spreading the Word of God through their caring opportunities for the residents. St. Mark’s offers affordable, HUD subsidized housing, which meets the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of their residents. Their goal is to offer an opportunity of spiritual and physical therapeutic help after the pandemic of 2020 to assure their residents a quality of life they had prior to this event which will sustain and enrich them for years to come.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org): A $31,500 grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide support to offer employment training program courses and workshops plus funds to purchase a client/donor management system. 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. In addition to benefiting these individuals, the business community benefits from an increased and better-trained pool of available workers, and the community benefits as these individuals move from welfare to providing their own financial support.
The Remedy Project (www.theremedyproject.com): A $50,000 partial challenge grant to The Remedy Project for capacity building and staff training. The Remedy Project began in 2011 and 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. The Remedy Project offers clinical assessments, faith-based addiction counseling, detox assistance, twelve-step group support and limited food and housing assistance.
Wesley Glen Ministries (www.wesleyglenministries.com): A $75,000 challenge grant to provide general operational expenses for the St. Marys Campus and the Macon Cornerstone Day Program. Wesley Glen Ministries is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities. They serve the unique needs of these individuals and help them build skills and confidence that lead to greater independence. Wesley Glen provides comfortable, secure homes with round-the-clock care, nutritious meals, safe and reliable transportation, and support for daily living. They are changing lives every day through comprehensive care and creating awareness in their community as to the strengths and barriers related to people with disabilities.
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.