St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy, Ozone Park, NY
Founded in 1904 by the Daughters of Wisdom and Montfort Fathers, Ozone Park, NY, St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy is known for its strong reputation among Catholic and public schools and is currently home to over 300 students of diverse ethnic backgrounds ranging from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The grant will be used to reach out to the Hispanic community and provide those who are economically disadvantaged and would not otherwise be able to attend this school with tuition assistance. To learn more about St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy visit ww.smgh.org
The Book Fairies, Freeport, NY
The Book Fairies founded by Amy Zaslansky is a Long Island-based non-profit organization that collects donations of new and gently used books and redistributes them to individuals, libraries, schools, and organizations in need throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Grant money will be used to fund the Community Book Fair Project which will establish a monthly donation of 12,000 – 14,000 books to educators and nonprofits with the intention of starting and building school libraries, supporting grade-level curriculum, and instilling the love of reading through high-interest books. Grant money will help to support 6 Book Fairs and impact an estimated 90,000 readers. To learn more about The Book Fairies visitwww.thebookfairies.org
L’Arche Long Island, Riverhead, NY
L’Arche is a faith-based, not-for-profit international federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, apartments, programs, and support networks for people with disabilities to integrate within the larger society. The agency will use grant money to support and boost its community Integration, Education and Outreach Initiative. The goal is to showcase its new Community Center in Suffolk County, NY. The Center will serve as a meeting place for both the residents and general public, available for community gatherings, prayer, and celebration; and for education through a variety of skill-building classes. With community life and spiritual development at the heart of the identity of L’Arche, the Center will be a place of welcoming new friends through relationships that cross social boundaries. To find out more about L’Arche Long Island, go to www.larchelongisland.org
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, Chicago, IL
Based in Chicago, Illinois the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants is one of the few places in the country equipped to receive women and children and guide them through the adjustments to life in their new country. Grant money will be used to support a woman and her child for a year with housing, care and case management. ICDI a non-profit faith-based organization, works toward providing those experiencing poverty and oppression in an unjust immigration policy by basic material needs, pastoral care and accompaniment in their journey. Providing six programs through a volunteer staff of 300, ICDI reaches out to 17 faith traditions through private funds, grants and individual donations. To find out more about ICDI visit www.icdichicago.org
The Mary and Elizabeth Center, Oceanside, NY
Following the example of Mary of Nazareth and her cousin Elizabeth, who made themselves available when each was in need, The Mary and Elizabeth Center, an outreach program of Tabor Retreat Center in Oceanside, NY, supports, educates and empowers women facing a personal or economic crisis. Grant money will be used to further develop the Center’s Servant Leadership project which is designed to equip women with skills to assume leadership positions in their families, communities or within groups at the Center. A new initiative launched in cooperation with Safe Center LI will focus on a concern of program participants and educate Servant Leaders to identify, prevent and report sexual abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, and date rape. To find out more about the Mary and Elizabeth Center, visit http://taborretreatcenter.net/mary--elizabeth-center.html
The Opening Word Program, Wyandanch, NY
Founded in 1991 by Sr. Mary Ryan, OP, the Opening Word Program addresses the interconnection between literacy, economic selfsufficiency and self-esteem. Simply stated, language ability provides a key to personal empowerment and success in the workforce. And such has been the case with the immigrant women who participate in this program. Grant money will be used for additional skill building through The Bridge Program and to support a computer literacy instructor. The Bridge Program is for upper-level students who have sufficient English language skills to either continue their education or enter the workforce. The computer literacy instructor will train participants in the use of today’s technology and commonly used computer programs; and assist in resume writing, job searching, and the interview process.
Opening Word’s teaching staff of 140 Sisters and lay volunteers hold multiple degrees, many in education and administration. Volunteers, many of whom are retired teachers, work with a teaching staff of nine, two caseworkers, and a Post Secondary Transition Program (PSTP) teacher. For more information about the Opening Word, visit openingword.org
The Center for Wisdom’s Women, Lewiston, ME
There will be a grand celebration in the fall of 2019 with the opening of Sophia’s House, a shared, supportive living community designed to empower women who are survivors of addiction, trafficking and incarceration, and the celebration of 20th anniversary of the founding of The Center for Wisdom’s Women. Grant money will be used to continue two very important offerings previously funded through donation, private gifts and grants. The Center will be able to continue offering The Art Van and Morning Glory Art Therapy programs. Both are geared toward trauma recovery, empowerment, self-reverence, and joy through creative expression. Grant money will also enable the center to increase ongoing private counseling for women without insurance. For more information visit www.wisdomswomen.org
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP), Richmond, VA
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) is a statewide citizens’ organization dedicated to educating the public about alternatives to the death penalty. Grant money will be used to target legislative districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and provide them with grassroots education on the death penalty. With VADP’s goal of abolishing the death penalty by the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly, this project will reach out to local religious, civic, and business leaders and seek their support for legislative reform and abolition of capital punishment.
VADP has been a part of the Justice Ministry in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia since 1991 and has also been a part of the Criminal Justice Reform advocacy efforts of the Sowers of Justice, Tidewater, VA. To find out more visit www.vadp.org