Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Awards Caritas grants to organizations supporting Charleston and Dorchester Counties

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Caritas grants for the fall 2018 grant cycle. These grants bear the name of one of the guiding principles of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in omnibus caritas, meaning “in all things charity.” Caritas grants are awarded to organizations meeting fundamental needs of individuals and families experiencing poverty in South Carolina. These organizations often act as a lifeline in their communities and provide valuable services to those they serve.

In total, 75 organizations were awarded Caritas spring 2018 funding for a total of $265,450. The Foundation is proud to announce their partnerships with the following recipients in your area:

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired- Charleston ($5000)

Funding will support the Own Your Life program that empowers participants with independent living skills and job-readiness skills. Through this program, people who cannot afford to pay for individual care learn how to function without their vision. These adults experience a sense of freedom in learning to live without sighted assistance and the program helps others break the cycle of poverty by helping them get jobs. Own Your Life also gives clients hope that they can live a better life and do not have to be defined by their disability. Located in Charleston; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

Beyond Our Walls ($1500)

Beyond Our Walls (BOW) provides a neighborhood learning center for children and their families living in Title I Federally Funded School Zones. Funding will support their Joint Literacy Project activities, taking place in this neighborhood learning center, conveniently located within walking and short commute distances to the Dorchester Terrace and Dorchester Waylyn neighborhoods in North Charleston, SC. BOW fills a gap in the community by offering a safe and engaging learning setting, access to technology, and opportunities for neighbors to connect and learn with one another. Located in Charleston County; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

Bridges For End-Of-Life ($3500)

Bridges For End-Of-Life’s mission is to empower families to navigate together a broad spectrum of issues encountered before, during, and after the death of a loved one. Funding will support families experiencing poverty participating in their Stepping Stones program that helps participants develop healthy coping skills and avoid negative coping skills. High-quality grief support is a powerful enabler of academic achievement, social & emotional development, healthy self-esteem, and a cultivator of resilience that will enable participants to better navigate future challenges. Located in Charleston County; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston ($3000)

Funding will support the RENEW Prison Ministry. This ministry assists individuals that are either recently released from the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and experiencing homelessness, or due to be released within six months and have been determined to be predisposed to homelessness. The program is based at Manning Reentry/ Work Release Center, Camille Graham Correctional Facility and downtown Columbia and works with participants to identify and address their needs when they are released to ensure their success. Located in Richland; Serving Statewide

Charleston Legal Access ($3000)

Charleston Legal Access (CLA) is closing the justice gap by offering low cost legal services to clients that do not qualify for free legal services but who cannot afford a private attorney. CLA represents clients who are dealing with issues including invalid debt collection, evictions, landlord-tenant disputes, wage theft, and financial exploitation. By providing legal help at these critical moments, CLA has preserved $1,014,478 for low-income South Carolinians helping them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Funding will support legal services at this non­profit, sliding scale law firm. Located in Charleston; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

East Cooper Community Outreach ($6000)

ECCO offers families experiencing financial distress a range of support services including emergency food, clothing, financial assistance, ongoing health and dental care, individualized case management, budgeting and computer training, career preparedness coaching, and opportunities to build personal assets for future economic stability. Funds will support the organization’s operating expenses that will ensure the effective delivery of wrap-around services encompassing three main program areas: Basic Needs, Health Services, and Empowerment. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Georgetown Counties

Edisto Indian Free Clinic ($2000)

Funding will support medical care at The Edisto Indian Free Clinic (EIFC), a not-for-profit medical clinic located in Ridgeville, SC, that provides primary medical care, medications, and laboratory tests at no cost to individuals without insurance who are earning 200% of poverty or less. EIFC addresses barriers to health care in the community by providing free medical care to patients at a location in a highly rural community where the next closest health care provider is at least 30 minutes away by car. Located in Dorchester County; also serving Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton and Beaufort Counties

Good Samaritan Clinic ($4000)

The Good Samaritan Clinic provides quality medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to individuals and families in Columbia who cannot afford medical health insurance coverage, and cannot pay for medical care. In addition to providing access to care, the Clinic provides health care education to improve patients’ health and quality of life and is well-known in the community as “La Clinica Hispana.” Funding will support general operating expenses. Serving Colleton, Charleston, Lexington, Richland, and Saluda Counties

HELP of Summerville ($1000)

HELP of Summerville is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization assisting families and individuals referred by local service agencies, schools and churches in times of crisis. HELP of Summerville provides financial assistance for emergency expenses including rent, food, medical needs, clothing, utility bills, and other expenses not typically covered by other agencies. Funding will support direct financial assistance. Located in Dorchester; also serving Charleston and Berkeley

Homeless Period Project ($2000)

While menstrual poverty is well-documented throughout the world, awareness of its presence in the United States is just emerging. Funding will support the Homeless Period Project’s “Period Packs” program that provides sanitary products to women and girls in schools and partner organizations in 38 South Carolina counties. By providing access and eliminating the cost of these items, Period Packs help restore dignity, support women and girls in maintaining good hygiene and health, and reduce time away from class or work. Located in Greenville County; also serving Abbeville, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Chester, Clarendon, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, and Lexington Counties

Lowcountry Food Bank ($5000)

The Lowcountry Food Bank partners with 300 faith-based and non-profit organizations to distribute more than 26 million pounds of food including fresh produce to over 200,000 children, adults and seniors facing hunger in the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina. Funding will support Cooking Matters at the Store tours, a free program that empowers families to stretch their food budgets, maximize benefits through public nutrition programs, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook tasty, affordable meals at home. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley, Charleston, Georgetown, Colleton, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Williamsburg, and Beaufort Counties

Lowcountry Orphan Relief ($2500)

When children are removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect, they don’t have time to pack a bag or grab their favorite shirt or stuffed animal. Lowcountry Orphan Relief (LOR) is a first responder during this difficult time. Funding will cover costs associated with Care Kits which are provided by LOR within the first 24 hours and consist of a durable bag full of 2-weeks-worth of new/gently used clothing, shoes, coats, stuffed animals and books and brand new underwear, toiletries and a backpack full of school supplies. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Beaufort Counties

Operation Home ($5000)

Operation Home’s mission is to help individuals and families remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through facilitating critical home repairs in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. Funds will support costs associated with roof repairs, building accessibility ramps, completing bathroom modifications to meet accessibility needs, replacing floors, and other critical repairs to prevent the elements from coming into homes of homeowners living in unsafe conditions. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

Teachers’ Supply Closet ($3000)

Teachers’ Supply Closet provides a free “store” where teachers in the Charleston Tri-County area are able to shop twice a year. TSC oversees the solicitation, collection, storage, and on-site delivery of free school supplies to over 1,100 teachers (K-12) in 46 Title I public schools, who additionally serve nearly 27,000 students. As the only program of its kind in South Carolina, TSC’s approach assists not only teachers and students, but entire families by reducing the burden of cost of quality school supplies. Funds will offset shipping costs and purchase supplies. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center ($7000)

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center’s mission is to prevent abuse, protect children, and heal families. Funding will support their Collaborative Community Response to Child Abuse program providing high-quality forensic interviews, mental health assessments and treatments to reduce the negative impact of abuse on children and the related long-term suffering (individual, familial and societal) associated with childhood trauma. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

Trident Literacy Association ($6000)

Trident Literacy Association’s mission is to “help adults reverse the cycle and impact of generational poverty and illiteracy through the acquisition of vital life skills” by using a holistic approach to teach students to read, write, and reason. In addition to basic academics, TLA’s work includes adult basic literacy, GED, and ESL classes, WorkReady SC Career Readiness Certificates, soft skills training, digital, family, and financial literacy. Funding will support the core component of their Adult Literacy Classes Program: qualified teachers. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

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