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The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Spring 2014 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $760,500 will be made to 15 local, statewide and international organizations the week of June 2, 2014. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant.
Children In Action Sports Club (www.CIASportsClub.org )
A $27,000 grant to Children in Action Sports Club (CIA), in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Barnabas Club, a mentoring and ministry program for at-risk youth during the school year. CIA is a Christ-centered ministry that works to intentionally build relationships with children 5-14 year old to equip them to make healthy choices mentally, physically, and spiritually. Established in 2006, their mission is to utilize sports and physical activities as an outreach to children, youth, and adults to build character, excellence, and teamwork.
FaithBridge Foster Care (www.faithbridgefostercare.org )
A $50,000 grant to provide start-up costs for a FaithBridge Foster Care program in Glynn County, Georgia. FaithBridge is a licensed foster care agency that partners with local churches and communities to create a church-led foster care ministry. Their mission is to change the way America does foster care by mobilizing, organizing, and equipping local churches and communities to solve the country’s foster care crisis.
Safe Harbor (www.safeharborcenterinc.org)
A two-year grant to Safe Harbor Children's Center to support a new Child Sexual Abuse Community Prevention Initiative by providing for a Prevention Specialist and funding Prevent Now! meetings. The first year of funding will be provided in the amount of $35,000 and the second year of funding will be provided in the amount of $20,000. The program will be implemented in partnership with Glynn CASA, Camden County CASA, and Coastal Coalition for Children.
United Way of Coastal Georgia (www.uwcga.org)
A $50,000 grant to the United Way of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia to support the High School Graduation Blueprint Project initiative to increase the high school graduation rate in Glynn County. Specifically the grant will be used to recruit, hire, and retain an external evaluator and videographer to measure and document the progress of the High School Graduation Blueprint program.
The Vashti Center for Children and Families (www.vashti.org)
A $69,000 grant to the Vashti Center in Thomasville, Georgia to fund facility improvements for the Chambers building, which is part of the residential treatment program for children and youth. The Vashti Center is an agency of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church providing a number of various services to children including an residential care, clinic services, intensive family intervention, community support individual services, permanency placement services and basic education for at-risk youth who have been removed from the public education system.
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. (www.wesleyctrs-savh.org)
A $75,000 grant to the Wesley Community Center in Savannah, Georgia to provide operational support for Wesley Community Center in Savannah for one year. 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.
Andrew College (www.andrewcollege.edu )
A $50,000 challenge grant to Andrew College to support the retention of a full-time chaplain for the Andrew College campus. 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. The college has added a full-time chaplain to further enhance religious activities on campus.
Grace House of Brunswick (www.gracehousebrunswick.com)
A $15,000 grant to Grace House of Brunswick to provide operational support for Grace House, a women’s residential recovery home, for one year. Located in Brunswick, Georgia, Grace House is a 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. Grace House is highly effective in helping women recover to live a sober and self-sustaining lifestyle.
STAR Foundation (www.starfoundation.org)
A $30,000 challenge grant to the STAR Foundation in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the STAR Program for one year. 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.
Lighthorse Healthcare (www.lighthorse.org )
A $75,500 grant to Lighthorse Healthcare, located in St. Marys, Georgia, to support general operating expenses for clinic expansion, specifically hiring a nurse practitioner. Lighthorse Healthcare was established in 2012 to provide an integrated and sustainable therapeutic counseling model that encompasses behavioral health care, health and wellness, and experiential services. They provide patients with a wrap-around approach to behavioral healthcare.
American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter (www.coastalredcross.org)
A $30,000 grant to the American Red Cross – Southeast Coastal Georgia Chapter to provide funding for personal assistance to families who experience house fires in Glynn, Camden, Charlton, and Brantley Counties. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief free of charge to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Epworth By The Sea (www.epworthbythesea.org)
An $11,000 grant to Epworth By The Sea to sponsor Miss Ella’s Camp For Special People in 2014. Epworth By The Sea is a Christian retreat center owned and operated by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. The summer camp is provided to people, ages 16 and above with special mental and physical needs offering worship services, Bible study, exciting activities, music, games, quality craft projects and supervised recreation that enhance the camper’s life. Additionally, the camp provides family caretakers with respite time for personal renewal.
The Gathering Place (www.thegp.org)
A $35,000 grant to the Gathering Place in Brunswick, Georgia to provide operational support for the Doulos intern program. The GP has been providing Christian ministry to young people in SE Georgia since 1981. Doulos is a new leadership program designed to enhance a participating student’s spiritual growth, maturity, and citizenship.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (www.lsecgafca.org)
An $8,000 grant to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Camden County, as the 3rd year of a 4-year commitment to provide salary support for a part-time Administrative Assistant. 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.
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 is working 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 mobilizes active community participation where individuals, families and communities 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 are 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.