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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2006.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of the Learn to Earn Program, a job- training readiness program at the St. Ambrose Outreach Center. The program, integrating adult educational services, job-training, and placement services, plans to place 200 residents annually into employment.
The Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development.
Eighth-year funding for support of STRIVE Baltimore, a job training and placement service for unemployed or underemployed men and women. STRIVE prepares participants for the workforce through a three-week workshop that focuses on job readiness. The STRIVE model emphasizes attitudinal training, job placement, one-on-one and group counseling, parenting skills, and case management.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
Eighth-year funding for the continuation of an initiative that provides reliable, reconditioned, and Maryland-inspected cars to low-income residents in Baltimore City. Partnering with community-based organizations, Vehicles for Change enables individuals to drive themselves and their families to essential destinations.
Health & Human Services
Advocates for Children and Youth
For continued support of the Baltimore City Child Welfare Reform Program. Advocates will monitor the Department of Human Resources' efforts to reduce caseloads for child welfare workers and to develop a database to track child-welfare outcomes mandated by the Child Welfare Accountability Act. The program will also encourage aggressive foster-family recruitment and increased foster care reimbursement rates.
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland
For continued support of the Regional Equity in Housing Project. The purpose is to provide more than 6,000 families the opportunity to move from inner-city Baltimore to communities offering greater educational, employment, and housing opportunities, and increased safety. ACLU attempts to reduce barriers undermining the ability of low-income families to move to low-poverty areas.
Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc.
Two-year funding for the implementation of Project HEALTH, an initiative to place college student volunteers in public health settings to serve low-income families in Baltimore City. Comprehensive family help desks at two clinics will be staffed by trained student volunteers who will work with families to provide access to needed services and resources.
Baltimore Stars Coalition/AAU
For continued support of the Baltimore Stars Basketball Program for 120 inner-city boys, ages 8 to 17. This program provides the boys with an opportunity to compete in the AAU state and national basketball tournaments, and an incentive to maintain good grades and positive behavior on and off the court. Mentoring, tutoring, and SAT preparation assistance are available to all Stars players.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland, Inc.
For continued support of the Amachi mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. The program aims to match at least 400 children of incarcerated parents with adult mentors, provide professional case management support, and engage incarcerated parents in the mentoring process to facilitate a comfortable transition after release.
East Baltimore Christian Athletic Association
For support of after-school and summer youth athletic programs for 190 inner-city children, ages 9 to 17. Adult volunteers will coach and teach participants the fundamentals of playing organized sports and will instill values of sportsmanship.
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
To provide security deposits and post-placement transportation assistance to families moving to low-poverty areas outside Baltimore City through the Special Mobility Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
For support of the Family Planning Initiative at the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy. The purpose of the initiative is to provide family planning education and counseling to high-risk, substance-abusing women who are pregnant or have young children.
Johns Hopkins University/ Bloomberg School of Public Health
In support of the Baltimore Initiative, to develop a plan designed to improve life circumstances for disadvantaged and at-risk youth of East Baltimore, and to address related problems of drugs, crime, education, and joblessness. After profiling the population and reviewing existing programs at work in the community, the Baltimore Initiative's recommendations will be presented to Baltimore leadership for review and implementation.
Koinonia Baptist Church
Two grants for the purchase of a 15-passenger mini-bus and continued support of Project Safe Haven, providing after-school and summer programs for children in the Harwood, East Baltimore/Barclay, and Gardenville communities.
Liberty Learning Center/ Holy Lamb Ministries, Inc.
Start-up costs for a learning center serving children from low-income families in East Baltimore. The center is licensed to serve 30 children from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. The after-school program provides computer tutorials, academic and faith-based instruction, as well as hot meals provided by the Maryland Food Bank.
Maryland Food Bank
For support of the School Pantry Program in 45 to 50 Baltimore City public schools. In exchange for volunteering in the schools, parents are eligible to attend classes on nutrition, budgeting, and meal planning, and to receive free food once a month.
Maryland Society for Sight
For continued support of the Mobile Eye Care for the Homeless Expansion Program. The program's van visits seven locations each month. In an effort to prevent loss of vision and blindness through early detection and education, the staff provides eye examinations and glasses to more than 500 homeless and indigent people in Baltimore City each year.
Mental Health Policy Institute for Leadership and Training, Inc.
For continued support of the Poverty and Depression Initiative, which provides screening and treatment to low-income Baltimore City residents at three community-based service agencies. The project will conduct a minimum of 125 medical evaluations for psychiatric care, provide group or individual therapy to at least 200 clients, and provide ongoing education about depression.
NAMI-Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc.
For continued support of educational services for low-income Baltimore City families with children who are affected by mental illness. NAMI will identify at least ten new partner agencies offering to host workshops for 500 families of children with mental illnesses.
National Heritage Foundation/B-SPIRIT-A2Y
For expansion of the B-SPIRIT-A2Y after-school mentoring and tutoring program for 100 at-risk adolescents in the Park Heights community. The program incorporates academic, cultural, recreational, and community service activities in a safe environment for 12 hours each week.
Parks & People Foundation
For continued support of the Hooked on Sports program serving at least 1,100 Baltimore City public school students in grades 4 through 12. Along with coaching and tutoring, participants receive training in the fundamentals of organized sports, teamwork, and fair play. The coaches monitor participants' academic achievement and school attendance.
Sandi's Learning Center
Capital funding toward construction costs of a daycare center in the Rosemont neighborhood of West Baltimore. Within two years, the center will provide high-quality developmental and educational child-care and after-school services for 200 children, from birth to 12.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, Inc.
To provide food and basic necessities to more than 200 clients per month. In addition, energy-assistance grants will be awarded to clients who have received utility turn-off notices.
South Baltimore Improvement Committee, Inc.
For support of the South Baltimore Youth Council, a mentoring and educational program for at-risk youth. The council will conduct a community needs assessment under the guidance of a neighborhood volunteer social worker, and produce an educational video documenting its findings.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
Challenge grant for capital renovations and expansion of the Beans & Bread Outreach Center. The proposed renovations will enable Beans & Bread to continue providing needed services, including health care, client advocacy, assistance in accessing public benefits, housing, and legal services.
The Samaritan Center
For continued support of the Eviction Prevention Assistance program at the Samaritan Center. In addition to providing a one-time-only grant for past-due rent and requiring each client to contribute toward the unpaid rent balance, the center will assist clients in applying for food stamps, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits, and in addressing unemployment and substance abuse.
The Shepherd's Clinic
Capital funding toward the purchase of a new building at 2800 Kirk Avenue for expansion of health services for uninsured working poor.
University of Maryland School of Medicine
For implementation of mental health services for children at Baybrook and Patapsco Elementary/Middle Schools in Baltimore City. The Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention and Early Intervention will implement a curriculum that focuses on teaching children self-control and problem-solving skills, as well as developing positive school environments and improving relationships among teachers, students, and families. Support services will include group therapy, individual, and family interventions. The program will assess the impact of the prevention models on student behaviors, school attendance, and grades.
Criminal Justice & Addiction
1000 Friends of Maryland
Two-year funding for support of Smarter Growth for Maryland initiatives, in collaboration with the Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center. Based on the goals and recommendations of the Reality Plus process, 1000 Friends will build constituencies for policy-making and legislative support to strengthen growth and land use practices. The goals are to direct development into areas designated for growth and to preserve the state's agriculture, forest lands, and open spaces through strategic acquisitions and planned development.
1000 Friends of Maryland
For support of smart growth advocacy efforts and for the Reality Check Plus Program. Anticipating Maryland's need to accommodate an additional 1.5 million people by 2030, 1000 Friends, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute Baltimore and the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, undertook a statewide planning effort to develop a desired vision for future growth involving 100 leaders and residents on four regional leadership teams. The project aims to develop policy recommendations and strategies to manage future growth, while protecting environmentally sensitive areas.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
For continued support of the Turn Around Program (TAP), a transition program providing re-entry services, case management, and self- advocacy training for female ex-offenders, both in the correctional facility and upon their release in the community.
Arundel Habitat for Humanity
Toward the renovation and sale of three houses for low-income families in the Brooklyn community of Baltimore City. Arundel Habitat follows the national model of supervising volunteer crews to perform the majority of work on each house, relying on donated materials, and providing mortgage financing to qualified purchasers who have donated 200 hours of volunteer work.
Baltimore Development Corporation
For continued support of administrative expenses for Maglev- Maryland, a program to develop a magnetic levitation high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington. When fully operational, the train could reduce the travel time between the two cities to less than 20 minutes.
Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.
For an independent audit of treatment-utilization data submitted by substance-abuse treatment providers. The purpose of the audit is to assess the timeliness and accuracy of data collected by the BSAS-funded substance-abuse treatment providers, and to increase the efficiency of the system and accessibility of treatment slots.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
For continued support of program expenses for residential and commercial revitalization efforts, including expansion of the Foreclosure Prevention Initiative. The purpose of this project is to provide counseling sessions and homeowner workshops to assist victims or potential victims of predatory lending. The Belair-Edison Neighborhoods initiative seeks to reduce incidences of foreclosures by developing a preferred realtor program, and by linking qualified buyers to Healthy Neighborhoods loan products.
Brennan Center for Justice
For support of a research project documenting the type of financial obligations ex-offenders face upon release from prison, and the difficulty of attempting a successful re-entry into the community. The findings, along with policy recommendations, will be compiled into a comprehensive report for national distribution.
BUILD Fellowship, Inc.
For rental assistance, renovations, operations, and outreach at a program serving men and women in residence recovering from substance abuse. The program provides 24-hour coverage with an onsite manager and case management team for the residents, as well as providing support for recovery, job training, job placement, and training to address family issues.
Carroll Museums, Inc.
Capital funding toward a major restoration of Carroll Mansion, shuttered from 1997 to 2002. The refurbishing will serve as a cornerstone for Jonestown's renaissance. As part of the Heritage Walk, Carroll Mansion will expand its collaborations with neighboring cultural institutions and become a venue for community gatherings and cultural events.
For continued support of the Re-entry Partnership (REP) Initiative. REP is a voluntary ex-offender re-entry program that serves men leaving Maryland prisons and returning to certain communities in Baltimore City. REP provides intensive case management and wraparound services necessary for a successful transition back to the community.
Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity
Toward the restoration of seven Chesapeake Habitat houses in the Patterson Park community for sale to low-income families. Chesapeake Habitat works to maintain affordable housing using the Habitat model of volunteer labor and "sweat equity."
Citizens Planning and Housing Association.
For continued support for the development of Baltimore Area Association of Supportive Housing (BAASH), a professional association for those who provide safe and affordable housing to ex-offenders and former addicts. BAASH is committed to strengthening and improving services to individuals in recovery through the development of voluntary standards of care, a peer network, professional training, and technical assistance.
Citizens Planning and Housing Association.
Toward the eviction reform initiative in Baltimore City. CPHA will host workshops and disseminate educational materials through print, electronic newsletters, the web, and community meetings, encouraging a prohibition of placing tenant property in the public right-of-way, and requiring landlords to take responsibility for disposal of the property.
Civil Justice, Inc.
Two-year funding for support of the Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Project. The purpose of the project is to provide direct legal representation to a limited number of victims of foreclosure rescue fraud. The project will assess the effectiveness of the Protection of Homeowners of Foreclosure Act of 2005.
Community Law Center, Inc.
Two-year support of the Project to End Predatory and Deceptive Real Estate Practices in Baltimore City. This grant will fund an investigatory report examining transactions behind the illegal "We Buy Houses" signs to determine the legality of settlement schemes and practices of the participating appraisers, title companies, attorneys, mortgage brokers, and lenders.
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
To provide supportive housing services for men in the Jericho Program, a re-entry program for ex-offenders. Episcopal Community Services will provide housing stipends to clients while they are preparing for job placement.
Episcopal Housing Corporation
For staffing costs of a real estate development project manager to expand the capacity of local service providers to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing.
Friends of Patterson Park.
For continued support of the Volunteer Teams Project. The purpose of the project is to provide volunteer-driven decision-making authority over Patterson Park's improvements and upkeep of the boat lake, trees, beautification projects, and the Pagoda.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition, Inc.
For continued support of Dee's Place, a 24-hour substance abuse recovery facility serving residents in East Baltimore. As a key partner in the Threshold to Recovery initiative, Dee's Place offers counseling, auricular acupuncture, wellness, case management, mental health services, referrals for jobs and housing, and 12-step meetings through the night, from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m.
I Can't We Can, Inc.
For general support of residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs at the new I Can't We Can (ICWC) Counseling Center in the Park Heights community. ICWC will be able to double its capacity over a three- year period to serve up to 600 clients.
Institutes for Behavior Resources.
For the completion of renovations to the new headquarters of the R.E.A.C.H. mobile drug-abuse treatment program, the first full-service mobile drug-abuse treatment program of its kind. The new headquarters allows for more effective communication and coordination, efficient use of personnel resources, and a dispensing area on-site for methadone and buprenorphine.
Job Opportunities Task Force
For a study on the high cost of goods and services for low-income Baltimore City residents. The report will provide recommendations of ways to relieve the burden of high priced goods and services to low-income city residents, and to begin a community discussion about the inequality of pricing in the Baltimore area.