The Columbia-based Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, serving children and families in need throughout the state, recently awarded $240,000 to half a dozen organizations in the fields of health, education and social services.
The six recipients will use the funds to further the Foundation’s mission of confronting generational poverty in both urban and rural areas in South Carolina.
Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) strives to empower residents of Anderson County and surrounding areas through programs ranging from crisis resolution to asset building.
Community Foundation of Greenville Inc. will administer funds for OnTrack Greenville, a system designed to tackle poverty through early intervention within middle school environments.
Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) coordinates congregations throughout Greenville County for offering emergency shelter, food and short-term housing to local families with a focus on steering them to self-sufficiency.
Homes of Hope Inc. rebuilds communities by “developing affordable and energy efficient housing, and rebuild[ing] the lives of men overcoming addictions through job training and mentoring” by handling housing and energy affordability, better job skills, becoming banked, working on a budget, and growing assets on an individual basis.
Impact America – South Carolina FocusFirst provides free vision screenings to young children in numerous South Carolina counties, with cooperation with local college students, at Head Starts and daycares located in low-income neighborhoods.
Metanoia Community Development Corporation — whose name derives from the Greek word for profound transformative change — invests in neighborhood assets to build leaders, establish quality housing and stimulate economic development. The grant will fund five new affordable housing units and create 10 new jobs for low-income residents during the grant period.
Created in 1996, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, which has addressed the root causes and effects of poverty in South Carolina strategically since 1978 by taking steps to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.