January 9, 2020
Cleveland, Ohio, January 6, 2020 – Through the second half of 2019, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF Cleveland) invested more than $800,000 to support efforts in three main focus areas: ending homelessness, supporting Catholic sisters and their ministries, and strengthening Cleveland’s Central neighborhood through health and education initiatives. Total grants in 2019 reached $2 million.
HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Earlier in 2019, SOCF Cleveland unveiled an updated strategic plan that emphasizes the importance of a whole-family approach to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Central neighborhood.
“Our foundation has a longstanding commitment to engaging residents, coordinating partners and improving health supports and systems,” said Susanna H. Krey, president of the foundation. “We recognize that a child’s well-being and academic success are inexorably tied to family health and well-being, which is founded on economic stability and employability. A whole-family approach to Central allows our community to think more deeply about integrating support for both children and adults.”
Recognizing the need for a sustainable community resource to meet the complex needs of our neighborhoods, the foundation invested $70,000 in Better Health Partnership in 2019 to help establish a Pathways Community HUB. The HUB model connects evidence-based care coordination and services to individuals challenged by complex medical, social-behavioral, economic and educational needs. The Central neighborhood has been identified as a priority community in this county-wide implementation.
As lead partner of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood, SOCF Cleveland is investing in the Family Partners initiative, an integrated partnership with Family Connections and OhioGuidestone with resource coordination through Promise. Family Partners seeks to increase kindergarten readiness and strengthen protective factors for 30 young Central families through early-learning home visits, mental health coaching, greater access to support and group activities. In 2019, SOCF Cleveland invested $87,500 to support Family Connections and OhioGuidestone to establish the crucial programmatic elements of this initiative.
SUPPORTING CATHOLIC SISTERS AND THEIR MINISTRIES
2019 also included the inaugural grants of the Generative Spirit initiative, a collaborative effort of SOCF Cleveland, Conference of Religious Leadership (CORL) and Coalition of Young Adults (CYA), that seeks to connect lay leaders, especially young adults, to the mission and ministry of Catholic sisters. These grants were available through the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, SOCF Cleveland’s funding partner in Generative Spirit.
“Funding through the Generative Spirit initiative is supporting existing and new programs that will build relationships among sisters and lay people, share the experience and history of sisters as leaders in ministry and ultimately inspire and support individuals to work in the model of Catholic sisters, ” said Margaret Eigsti, senior program officer for Catholic sisters. “We are excited by the creativity and enthusiasm expressed by the community in response to this grant opportunity.”
The $64,000 awarded in these grants goes toward programs that carry on sisters’ commitment to social justice issues and engage young adults, like the Beatitude House Immigrant Outreach Program, as well as programs that build a new generation of lay leadership for Catholic sister ministries, such as the Spirits on Fire formation program by the sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph.
For much of its history, SOCF Cleveland has worked to support the specific needs of youth who age out of the foster care system and experience periods of homelessness. In 2019, the foundation granted $45,000 to Community of Hope to support expansion of its HOPE program, a youth-led and trauma-informed approach to team mentoring for young adults (18-29) with experiences of homelessness, foster care, trauma and poverty. Currently, all young people engaged in Communities are employed and all of them learned to drive with their mentors. Among young people who complete one year with a community of mentors, 95 percent remain stably housed and 88 percent remain connected to their mentors.
Also in 2019, the foundation awarded Good Samaritan grants to 20 area organizations – a $100,000 investment. The Good Samaritan grant program furthers the foundation’s broader goal of alleviating poverty in Cuyahoga County by providing funding to organizations supplying basic needs.
Click here to view all of SOCF Cleveland’s 2019 grants.
About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has partnered with residents, nonprofits and community leaders to change the trajectory of poverty in Cuyahoga County. Its nearly $100 million endowment includes the first health care conversion foundation and first foundation formed by a congregation of Catholic sisters in the United States.
Through grantmaking, collaboration, advocacy and more, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland works to improve the lives of those most in need with special attention to families, women and children living in poverty. The foundation works to end homelessness in Cuyahoga County and to reduce health disparities and improve educational opportunities in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood. As a Catholic organization, the foundation extends the values of Jesus Christ through the mission of its founders – the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine – and also works to sustain the ministries of women religious.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System – a family of Catholic health care, grantmaking and outreach ministries healing individuals, families and communities in Ohio and South Carolina.