The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Caritas grants for the fall 2017 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 living in poverty in South Carolina.  These organizations often act as a lifeline in their communities and provide valuable services to those they serve.  In total, 50 organizations were awarded Caritas fall 2017 funding for a total of $147,750 so that they may continue providing services to individuals and families in South Carolina.  The Foundation is proud to announce their partnerships with the following recipients:

Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS)

Funding will support services for those in Aiken who are below poverty guidelines and seeking assistance with rent, utility, medical, transportation, education, identification, and other essential expenses. Located in and serving Aiken County

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired- Charleston                      

Funding will support the Focus on Adults program which offers preventative services geared towards catching visual impairments in the early, treatable stages and, when possible, restoring vision with free prescription glasses. Located in Charleston; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

Bailey Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church          

Funding will support Bailey Bethel AME Church’s efforts to build a safe and interactive play space for children using the community build model to increase physical activity and to offer the community a safe and trusted space in Troy, SC. Located in and serving McCormick County

Beyond Our Walls                          

Funding will support program activities at the BOW neighborhood learning center offering a safe and engaging learning setting after school and access to computer technology. Serving North Charleston; located in Charleston County

Birthright of Georgetown           

Funds will be used to purchase diapers for new moms and their babies who participate in the Birthright of Georgetown program. Located in Georgetown County; also serving Williamsburg County

Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine               

Funding will cover the cost of imaging services for patients of the clinic seeking treatment for acute conditions requiring MRIs and X-rays in for diagnoses and treatment plans. Located in Beaufort County also serving Jasper County

Bluffton Self Help          

Funding will support Bluffton Self Help’s emergency financial assistance program, covering unexpected expenses including mortgage payments, utilities, car repairs, dental or medical expenses, or child care.  Located in Beaufort County also serving Jasper County

Bridges For End-Of-Life

Funding will support programming for grieving children who need specialized, age-appropriate grief support services as well as compassionate companions to accompany them along their unique grief journey. Located in Charleston County; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

Caring And Sharing, Inc

Funding will go toward the purchase of food for their food bank as well as financial support for clients in crisis who need assistance with rent, utility payments, automotive expenses, and other needs.  Located in Williamsburg County; also serving Georgetown and Florence Counties

Charleston Legal Access              

Funding will support legal services at this non­profit, sliding scale law firm 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. Located in Charleston; also serving Dorchester and Berkeley Counties

Children’s Recovery Center, Inc.                             

Funding will support this multidisciplinary child advocacy center’s Triple P Parenting Program which holistically works with families and children to break the cycle of abuse. Located in Horry County; also serving Georgetown County

Communities In Schools of the Midlands            

Grant funding will support the expansion CIS’s Community Closets which will contain shirts, coats, pants, socks, shoes, and belts to reduce the number of barriers students living in poverty face when at school. Located in Richland County; also serving Lexington County

Developmental Center for Exceptional Children                             

Funding will support the purchase of adaptive equipment and assistive technology for the Development Center for Exceptional Children’s classrooms. Located in Anderson County; also serving Pickens and Oconee Counties

East Cooper Community Outreach                          

Funding will support ECCO’s Healthy Families initiative that will help families obtain food for their entire household on a monthly basis with increased access to nutritious food options. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton and Georgetown Counties

Family Justice Center of Georgetown County   

Funding will support the shelter’s goal that everyone who requests assistance in leaving an abuser will be placed in a safe, secure, and compassionate shelter. Located in Georgetown County; also serving Horry County

Family Promise of Anderson County                     

Funding will support case management services for three programs of Family Promise with the ultimate goal of helping guests gain sustainable employment and secure safe and affordable permanent housing. Located in Anderson County; also serving Abbeville,   Oconee, Pickens and Greenville Counties

Family Promise of Florence                       

Funding will be used to purchase new mattresses with Active Guard liners that help ensure comfort and peace of mind for all of FPF’s guests and host participants. Located in Florence County; also serving Darlington, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Williamsburg and Marion Counties

Food for the Soul – Kershaw County Inc.              

Food for the Soul is presently serving over 2,000 meals a month and has nearly 14,473 meals so far this year. Funds will help with purchasing milk, fresh fruit juices and produce. Located and serving in Kershaw County

Freedom Readers Inc.  

Funding will support Freedom Readers’ Afterschool and Summer Programs, addressing the needs of children in grades K-5 to develop reading and literacy skills that will enable them to succeed in school. Located in Horry County; also serving Georgetown and Richland Counties

Good Samaritan Clinic  

The Good Samaritan Clinic provides quality medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to individuals and families in Columbia: funding will support the clinic’s dental operations. Located and serving Richland and Lexington Counties

Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County

The Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic of Laurens County is an interdenominational mission dedicated to providing free medical care: funding will help support the purchase of meters and strips for 100 insulin-dependent patients. Located and serving in Laurens County

Great Falls Referral Assistance Service Project (GRASP)               

Funding will support GRASP’s hunger relief programming which provides a one week supply of food to clients who are in immediate need. Located in Chester County; also serving Fairfield County

Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg                 

Funding will support the operation of the Free Pediatric Mobile Dental Clinic in Spartanburg County school districts 1, 3, and 7 and at community organizations and programs. Located in and serving Spartanburg County

HELP of Summerville                    

Funding will support the portion of this volunteer-driven organization’s programming that provides emergency financial assistance to clients for utility bills. Located in and serving Dorchester County

Helping Hands of Georgetown                

Funding will support the Time to Change program which includes an intensive job readiness and placement component and a weekly Life Skills program providing support and investment in those who are pursuing stable, independent lives for themselves and their families. Located in and serving Georgetown County

Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour Inc.                   

Funding will support expenses associated with transportation costs to meet the basic needs of members with limited financial means, allowing them to remain in their homes and access medical appointments, grocery stores, and other locations throughout the community. Located in and serving Beaufort County

Home Works of America             

Utilizing the Social Vulnerability Index, funding will support their South Carolina Home Repair Programs with particular emphasis on pursuing more rural South Carolina communities where vulnerable populations reside. Located in Richland County; also serving Charleston, Georgetown, Florence, Greenville, Horry and, Williamsburg Counties

Hope in Lancaster                          

Funding will support their Fresh and Healthy Food Initiative which includes a Fresh Choice Food Pantry, Senior Adult Health and Wellness Program, and Healthy Teaching Kitchen. Located in Lancaster County; also serving Chester and Kershaw Counties

Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of South Carolina          

Funds will support HPCF’s financial assistance program that meets the most urgent needs of families experiencing life-limiting or life-threatening illness including payments for utilities, mortgage/rent, special medical needs, and transportation. Located in Spartanburg County; serving Statewide

Lighthouse Ministries                  

Funding will support Lighthouse Ministries’ Service Aid Program servings families and individuals in financial crisis by preventing evictions and disconnection of utilities and supporting other basic needs.. Located in and serving Florence County

Loving America Street                  

Loving America Street focuses on an asset-based approach to community development, working from the inside out and preserving the value and dignity of local residents. Funds will support free laundry days at their community Laundromat, Laundry Matters.  Located in and serving Charleston County

Lowcountry Food Bank 

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

Meals on Wheels of Greenville                               

Funding will support their Specialty Meal Program which provides meals prepared to specific guidelines as referenced by physician documentation to clients to ensure that clients continue to receive a hot, nutritious and medically appropriate daily meals. Located in and serving Greenville County

North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry  

Funding will support North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry’s food assistance program, providing critically needed nutritious support for individuals and families. Located in and serving Greenville County

Nurture Home/ Mental Health America Aiken 

Funding will support their Thriving Together program, an aftercare component of Nurture Home programming that links participants to resources in the community, continues to guide them towards positive choices in navigating independence, and increase their likelihood of remaining housed.   Located in and serving Aiken County

Operation Home            

Funds will support costs associated with roof repairs, building accessibility ramps, completing bathroom modifications to meet accessibility needs, replacing floors, and other critical home repairs. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

Renew Our Community               

Funding will support ROC Works, a comprehensive program that offers in depth-assessment, job skills training, continuing education, job placement, and connection with other community service agencies. Located in and serving York County

Ride To Work Ministry Nonprofit Inc.   

The mission of Ride to Work Ministry is to provide temporary affordable transportation to residents of Oconee County so they can transition to stable employment with a living wage and become self-sufficient: funds will support their “30 To Work” program. Located in Oconee County; also serving Pickens County

Safe Harbor Inc.              

Funding will support clients with costs associated with stabilization and establishing long-term independence including security deposits, first month’s rent, legal fees, childcare, transportation, education, and employment. Located in Greenville County; also serving Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry                  

Funding will support their “Totes of Love for Seniors Project” providing seniors with a special tote bag that is filled each visit with healthy foods recommended for seniors: lean meat, low-fat milk, eggs, fruit, vegetables, and low-sodium canned goods. Located in and serving Beaufort County

Sea Haven         

Funds will provide financial assistance for rent and utility deposits for program participants transitioning into independence as they complete job training, locate and secure employment, and adhere to goals set with input from a team of compassionate professionals. Located in and serving Horry County

St. Claire of Assisi St. Vincent de Paul Society                   

The St. Claire of Assisi chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society was formed after the historic floods of 2015: funds will be used to support residents of Huger, SC and bring relief to families living in unsafe conditions. Located in and serving Berkeley County

St. Mary Catholic Church Outreach                         

Funds will be used to support the access and provision of other basic needs to Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen clients including transportation to medical appointments, doctor co-pays, prescription assistance, benefit assistance, obtaining identification and other needs. Located in and serving York County

Step By Step Ministry Hope Project                       

Funds will support Step by Step’s work providing outreach, emergency services, housing and case management to single homeless women to develop self-sufficiency and independence. Located in Greenville County; also serving Anderson Laurens, and Pickens Counties

Taylors Free Medical Clinic                        

Funding will support operations of Taylors Free Medical Clinic, a free, full-service medical facility that provides primary, preventative, and specialty care and an in-clinic pharmacy to the medically unserved in Greenville County, South Carolina. Located in and serving Greenville County

Teachers’ Supply Closet              

Teachers’ Supply Closet provides a free “store” where teachers in the Tri-County area are able to shop twice a year.  Funds will offset shipping costs and purchase supplies for students in 46 Title I public schools. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

The Therapy Place          

The Therapy Place provides traditional and innovative therapies and recreational opportunities for children with special needs.  Funding will support the Therapy Place’s Family Support Services. Located in Richland County; serving Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Orangeburg, York Counties

Trident Literacy Association                     

Trident Literacy Association uses a holistic approach to teach students to read, write, and reason: funding will support qualified teachers, the core component of their Adult Literacy Classes Program. Located in Charleston County; also serving Berkeley and Dorchester Counties

Tutor Eau Claire/ Eau Claire Shalom Ministries                                 

Funding will support coordination of their programming and continued outreach and support to those living in poverty who struggle with literacy. Located in Richland County; also serving Lexington, Sumter, Kershaw, Fairfield, Laurens Counties

United Center for Community Care           

The United Center for Community Care is a space housing 13 nonprofit agencies providing unified services and meeting critical community needs: funding will support general operating expenses for the facility. Located in Greenwood County; also serving Abbeville, Edgefield, Laurens, McCormick, and Saluda Counties

Nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of the poor in South Carolina who are interested in learning more about the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s grant guidelines are encouraged to visits our website at www.sistersofcharitysc.com.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.