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SOCF Cleveland awards $418,500 in fourth-quarter grants

CLEVELAND, DECEMBER 21, 2018 – The board of directors of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has approved $418,500 in grants for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The foundation’s fourth-quarter contributions include support of a city-wide lead prevention initiative and research to better understand the negative effects of evictions on tenants, as well as continued support of essential community resources in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.

“We focus on building deep partnerships and listening to those partners to understand new ways we may contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Susanna Krey, president, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. “In our nearly 20 years of work to end homelessness, we have heard from our partners the many barriers to safe and stable housing—factors like evictions or lead contamination. Our longstanding collaborations allow us to recognize gaps where we can make an impact.”

Approved grants for the fourth quarter of 2018 include the following:

Ending homelessness

  • $46,000 to Enterprise Community Partners to support its leadership in convening several organizations and five local funders in a new lead poisoning prevention initiative to advance policy that will create lead-safe homes in Cleveland.
  • $25,000 to Community of Hope to support the expansion of The Open Table group mentorship model for youth ages 18-29 with past experiences of foster care and histories of trauma, poverty and homelessness.
  • $20,000 to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to support new research that estimates the downstream costs of eviction in Cleveland, which will make the case for the preliminary phase of Legal Aid’s Housing Justice Alliance, an initiative incubated through The Innovation Mission.

Supporting Catholic sisters and their ministries

  • $12,500 to the Parish Life Secretariat at the Diocese of Cleveland to support the Welcoming the Stranger Committee, an initiative led by a Catholic sister to respond to the needs of the migrant community in Cleveland.

Strengthening the Central neighborhood through health and education

  • $100,000 to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, a family ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, established by the sisters in 1865 to serve the Central neighborhood. Funding supports an ongoing partnership with FrontLine Service to provide a crisis intervention specialist in the hospital’s psychiatric emergency department—the only facility of its kind in Northeast Ohio.
  • $50,000 to St. Adalbert Catholic School, which serves several students from the Central neighborhood, to help support its “Power of One” campaign to establish a new Early Learning Center.
  • $45,000 to Better Health Partnership to support implementation of a data exchange infrastructure between primary care providers who serve Central’s children and United Way’s 211.
  • $25,000 to Case Western Reserve University’s Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods to engage Central community stakeholders in participatory research to develop systems that will advance food security, nutrition equity and economic opportunity in low-resource Cleveland neighborhoods.
  • $30,000 to The Food Trust for its Food Access Raises Everyone project, to focus on improving healthy food access in Central/Kinsman by training and supporting resident-led outreach at neighborhood stores.
  • $15,000 to Care Alliance to deepen its community outreach to Central residents not currently engaged in primary health care.
  • $15,000 to Produce Perks Midwest to further the growth and sustainability of its Ohio nutrition incentive program.

As a member of the Fund for our Economic Future, the foundation also awarded $35,000 to the Fund for continued partnership with the more than 40 philanthropic organizations it comprises to advance the shared goal of regional economic transformation.

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.


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