The Sustainability Institute and Metanoia among Strategic grant recipients

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded its Strategic grants for 2018.  The Foundation’s mission to address poverty in all of its forms is reflected in its decision-making around Strategic grants. These invitation-only grant awards provide the Foundation an opportunity to comprehensively work with organizations to affect organizational and community impact at regional and state levels. The Foundation views Strategic grants as unique to other grants because of the partnership with each grantee that forms to enhance results, maximize resources and insure measurable change. The Foundation has strategically determined that grants to these organizations are a positive investment. The following five organizations received funding:

Community Foundation of Greenville/OnTrack Greenville:

OnTrack Greenville is an innovative partnership designed to address the root causes of poverty through an evidence-based Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) in four middle schools serving students in the White Horse Road area in Greenville County. These schools — Berea, Lakeview and Tanglewood Middle Schools and Greenville Early College — have been identified by Greenville County Schools as having the students most at-risk of dropping out when they reach high school. The EWRS identifies students as soon as issues most correlated with dropping out – low middle school attendance, behavior referrals, and poor course grades — emerge. A coordinated team of educators and community nonprofit organizations match students with the right response interventions and monitor each student’s progress over time. (Serving Greenville County)

Homeless No More:

Homeless No More provides a comprehensive and centralized service and housing center for homeless families and families at-risk of homelessness in the Midlands of South Carolina. Homeless No More’s mission is to create an environment for these families to maximize their potential and move towards independent lives. Formerly known as Trinity Housing Corporation, Homeless No More is the parent organization of Family Shelter which provides emergency shelter in a stable living environment for homeless children and their parents, St. Lawrence Place which offers transitional living through a 30-home community where homeless families can find skills and shelter that foster independence and free them from the grip of poverty, and Live Oak Place which provides affordable, long-term housing to at-risk families, helping them bridge the gap from transitional housing to independent living.  (Serving Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Sumter Counties)

Homes of Hope:

The mission of Homes of Hope is to rebuild communities and individual lives through housing, economic development, and job training. Homes of Hope strives to provide families in poverty with a housing option they can both afford and be proud to call their home and works to restore men’s lives through sobriety and job training as they acquire life-changing skills in constructing some of their homes. The organization works to break down housing barriers by building new units of safe, quality, energy-efficient housing that increases affordable housing stock and works with clients on an individual basis to identify personal barriers in their lives and help guide them toward greater financial wellness. Homes of Hope is entering an intentional growth phase to meet a growing need, which includes bolstering case management and coaching, upfitting a new workforce development training center, increasing staff capacity, expanding operations throughout the state, and more. (Serving primarily Greenville County, but also Richland and Georgetown)

Metanoia:

Metanoia has established itself as a leader in the innovative practice of Asset Based Community Development by operating year-round leadership development programming for at-risk students after school and through the summer months; creating new affordable housing and repairing homes for low-income homeowners and generating economic development and jobs within the community; and further working on major new projects. The largest of these efforts is the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historic Old Chicora Elementary School that now sits abandoned in the heart of the North Charleston community. Once renovated, the facility will house an early childhood education center, a studio for the arts, a performing arts center, and non-profit office space. In addition to this project, Metanoia is expanding its Youth Entrepreneurship Center into a neighboring building and creating a local business incubator in partnership with Lowcountry Local First. (Serving Charleston County)

The Sustainability Institute (in partnership with Home Works of America):

The Sustainability Institute’s (SI) mission is to empower South Carolinians to conserve energy and reduce the environmental footprint where we live and work. Partner in this grant, Home Works of America’s (HWoA) mission is to show God’s love by repairing the homes of vulnerable homeowners, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to care for their own members. This unique grant opportunity will support SI and HWoA as they seek to develop a shared program model that strategically links the two missions – assuring that home repairs including safety/sanitation that are desperately needed in the Lowcountry communities are combined with industry-leading, cost effective weatherization in order to achieve sustainable and affordable housing for the families that need it the most. HWoA and SI believe they can more holistically address the needs of low-income families as formal partners. Ultimately, this alliance will also result in significant improvement of the stock of affordable housing across the Lowcountry region and more life transformations for young people. (Serving Charleston County)

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