The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Caritas grants for the spring 2018 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 spring 2018 funding for a total of $152,558.00. These funds will assist these organizations in providing services to individuals and families in South Carolina.  The Foundation is proud to announce their partnerships with the following recipients:

 Backpack Buddies Seabrook Island  

Funding will support this volunteer driven organization’s weekend backpack program that alleviates weekend food insecurity as well as improve attendance and classroom behavior. Charleston

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic      

Funding will support their High Risk Disease Management Initiative which includes tracking and monitoring diabetic clinic and lab appointments, providing free diabetic monitoring supplies, and
education services through their comprehensive diabetes education program. Charleston

Camp Happy Days    

Funding will support their Family Financial Assistance Program which provides aid to families during financial crisis to help families create a healthy, safe, and stable environment during the critical periods of a child’s cancer treatment.  Statewide

Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services                

Funding will support the “All are Welcome Breakfast Club” a daily healthy continental breakfast for homeless and low-income seniors in Charleston.  Charleston

Charleston Jewish Federation          

Funds will support Charleston Jewish Family Services. CJFS provides financial assistance for medical, housing, and utilities for clients who are among the most vulnerable members of the greater Charleston community. Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester

Christian Assistance Bridge              

Funding will support the organization’s Emergency Assistance Fund providing monetary support to cover utility bills, medical bills, car repairs, rent, and other immediate needs in times of crisis. Richland and Fairfield    

Circle of Hope Ministries      

Funds will be used to aid Street Outreach programming to the homeless providing food, clothing, toiletries, backpacks, transportation services and temporary lodging in emergency situations. Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton

Columbia Oral Health Clinic

COHC is the only oral health clinic specifically serving the uninsured HIV/AIDS population in South Carolina, and one of the few in the nation. Funding will support their expanded denture program.  Richland, Clarendon, Fairfield, Lexington, and Sumter

Cooperative Ministry

Funding will support Cooperative Ministry’s Autos for Opportunities program that addresses transportation-related barriers to securing living-wage employment. Richland and Lexington

Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen   

Founded in 1986, the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen was established to provide a safe, comfortable place and a free hot meal to anyone who walks through the door. Funding will provide operational support. York

East Cooper Faith Network              

Funds will support the Network’s “Fix It!” program that provides essential home repairs and wheelchair ramps to help ensure safe living conditions for low income families through the coordination of skilled volunteers and community agencies. Charleston and Berkeley

East Cooper Meals on Wheels                      

ECMOW serves a largely low income population where poverty is generational. Funds will support healthy meals for seniors to ease the burden of having to choose between food, utilities, or medical bills. Charleston and Berkeley

EmmanuWheel          

EmmanuWheel’s mission is to provide wheelchair ramps to mobility impaired individuals who cannot afford the cost of building materials and construction. Funding will go toward the purchase of building materials, tools, and building supplies. Lexington and Richland

Family Promise of Beaufort County Inc.      

Funding will support their holistic programs that include providing temporary shelter, family stability and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing resources from interfaith and secular communities.  Beaufort and Jasper

Family Support Services of Horry County Inc.                               

Funding will support their Diaper Bank where clients can receive diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food along with infant, toddler, children’s and maternity clothing. Horry

Food Bank of Greenwood County                

Funding will support their Weekend Backpack Program which provides prepacked nutritional bags of food distributed each Friday amongst 12 elementary and primary schools in District 50, 51 and 52. Greenwood

Free Medical Clinic of Aiken, Inc.    

Funding will support the Clinic’s Dispensary of Hope program through which the clinic is able to quickly dispense life sustaining medications in their formulary throughout the year.  Aiken

Friendship Medical Clinic and Pharmacy     

Funding will support the purchase of medications not available through the Patient Assistance Program as well as cover the cost of lab work for patients. Horry

Greenville Free Medical Clinic         

Funding will support the Greenville Free Medical Clinic’s nationally-recognized dental component that provides nearly $1 million worth of dental services to low-income uninsured patients each year.  Greenville

Hands of Christ         

Funding will support Hands of Christ’s Back to School Program that serves children in need by providing them with the basic necessities to be successful in school including uniforms and schools supplies. Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Laurens, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg

Harvest Hope Food Bank                 

Funding will help Harvest Hope’s Back Pack Child Feeding Program. Harvest Hope collaborates with various partners in order to provide weekend meals for children most in need who attend schools with high rates of free and reduced lunch. Calhoun, Richland, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Greenville, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, Sumter

Help 4 Kids    

Help 4 Kids is a volunteer-driven organization providing basic necessities to children living in poverty in Horry County. Funding will support their Backpack Buddies program which provides food each weekend to children who are referred by teachers and school counselors. Horry

Help 4 Kids Florence             

Help 4 Kids Florence is in all five school districts and seven Head Start programs, providing bags of food each weekend to 2,200 food insecure children in 34 schools.  Funding will be used for the direct purchase of food for the weekend bags. Florence

Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach         

Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach is a short-term crisis intervention and referral agency whose mission is to provide immediate emergency assistance to those in need in the community. Funding will support their direct assistance to clients. Horry

Hopewell Senior Day Care Center

Hopewell Senior Day Care Center, located in Salters, SC provides healthcare, education, and intervention to senior citizens living in poverty. Funding will support the Hopewell Health Intervention and Educational Program. Williamsburg

Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill                 

Funds will support Housing Development Corporation of Rock Hill’s rental assistance program through which those facing eviction within 60 days may request up to three months of assistance to alleviate the immediate threat of homelessness. York

ICNA Relief USA, Shifa Free Clinic 

Funding will support the Clinic’s “Feed the Hungry” program comprised of a client food pantry, weekend food program for local elementary students, and Fresh Xpress giveaways. Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester

James Island Outreach                     

James Island Outreach provides food, medicine, utility support, and emergency assistance to individuals and families in the community. Funding will support their client-choice pantry. Charleston

Lowcountry Furniture Bank 

With their partners, LFB provides furniture and essential home items to homeless families who have secured housing. Funding will be used to purchase, deliver and set up a total of 60 twin beds for children. Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester

Lutheran Social Services of the Greater Charleston Area  

Lutheran Social Services of the Greater Charleston Area provides a framework for ecumenical, cooperative, voluntary action to serve all people in need. Funding will support dental access for uninsured & underinsured patients. Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester

Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head        

Funding will support Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head is a volunteer-driven organization that provides nourishing mid-day meals to homebound low-income clients who would otherwise not receive such a meal.  Beaufort

MedNeed of SC                      

Funding will support MedNeed’s programming which accepts and delivers donations of quality medical equipment to the uninsured and indigent of South Carolina.  Lexington and Statewide

Mercy Medicine Clinic                      

Funding will support costs associated with patients’ chronic disease management medications, life-sustaining medications, short-term acute illness medications, and dental pain and infection medications. Florence and Williamsburg

Mill Community Ministries               

Funding will support Village Wrench whose mission is to transform under-resourced communities by empowering others through bicycle repair, bike earning, and cycling educational opportunities. Greenville

Neighbor to Neighbor of South Carolina                             

Funding will help support Neighbor to Neighbor of South Carolina’s (N2NSC) transit program which provides free transportation to low income homebound adults in Horry and Georgetown Counties. Horry and Georgetown

North Family Community School     

Funding will support educational software and other resources needed for adult students working towards completing their GED.  Orangeburg

Operation Sight         

Funding will support Operation Sight’s work in restoring vision and improving the lives of low-income, uninsured individuals suffering from cataracts or urgent sight-threatening retinal disorders by providing the necessary medical treatment to these individuals at no cost.  Charleston and Statewide

Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates         

Funding will be used to support the recruitment and training of over 100 additional volunteer guardians ad litem and serve 500 children represented by CASA volunteers. Richland

Second Helpings, Inc.

Funding will support general operating costs to ensure that Second Helpings is able to alleviate hunger by effectively and efficiently being a distribution channel between food donors and charitable food providers. Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton

Senior Centers of Cherokee County Inc

Funding will support the Free Medical Clinic of Cherokee County, SC whose goal is to provide free medical care for individuals who have no form of insurance or monetary ability to procure medical services. Cherokee

Senior Resources       

Funding will support Meals on Wheels which provides a hot, nutritious noon-time meal to those who are unable to maintain an adequate, healthy diet due to transportation and financial constraints. Richland

Serve & Connect       

Through transformative police-community partnerships, this funding will support the Compassionate Acts Program which focuses on providing assistance to individuals and families who are experiencing challenges associated with poverty. Richland and Lexington

Sistercare       

Sistercare provides comprehensive services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and their children. Funding will be used to support emergency shelter operations. Serving Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland

Smith Medical Clinic

Funds will support Smith Medical Clinic’s operations to provide free medical care to low-income, uninsured residents of Georgetown County. Georgetown

The Children’s Council          

Funding will support Lancaster Pride’s effort for intensive neighborhood transformation in a targeted neighborhood in Lancaster; 400 volunteers over the next 12 months will perform 1,200 hours of community service. Lancaster

The Salvation Army of the Midlands            

Funding will support their Meals Service to the Homeless and Hungry Program which served over 400,000 meals last fiscal year. Richland

United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County     

Funding will support their Emergency Assistance Ministry which offers crucial financial support to families in times of crisis.  Abbeville

Vital Aging of Williamsburg County

Funding will support expenses associated with Vital Aging’s home-delivered meal program that provides nutritionally balanced meals and daily contact to elderly low-income residents of Williamsburg. Williamsburg

Volunteers in Medicine                      

Funding will support their Gift of Hope Program which leverages partnerships with physicians in the private sector, surgical centers, outpatient diagnostic centers and Hilton Head Hospital to provide clients with life-saving diagnostic procedures and surgeries. Beaufort and Jasper

York County Free Clinic       

Funding will purchase glucose monitoring strips and meters, patient medications, and also support costs associated with patient transportation. York