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The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2018.
Strong City Baltimore
In support of the Adult Learning Center’s Intensive GED Preparation Program.
The Lazarus Rite
In support of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program for returning citizens to Baltimore City.
The Work First Foundation
With funding from the Abell Foundation, in 2009, America Works (through its nonprofit Work First Foundation) launched the Baltimore Ex-Offender Reentry Employment Program. The program provides a two-week-long job-readiness workshop for cohorts of six to seven ex-offenders. The program targets ex-offenders under 40 years of age, and those who have been recently released from prison or jail. To date,1,123 ex-offenders have graduated from the two-week training course, with 663 being placed into jobs (a 59 percent job placement rate). Participants earned an average of $9.39 at placement, with 87 percent remaining employed for 30 days, 75 percent remaining employed for 90 days and 65 percent remaining employed for six months or more. Since June 2017, the Baltimore City court system has been referring low-income individuals to the program as they await trial, rather than jailing them because they cannot afford to pay bail. To date, 184 pretrial defendants have enrolled into the program. Of those, 156 have gone to trial, with 82 percent experiencing a positive outcome (they received an acquittal, nolle prosequi, or stet), and 76 being placed into employment.
Vehicles for Change, Inc.
In support of providing car awards for low-income Baltimore residents for employment purposes.
Year Up Baltimore, Inc.
Year Up Baltimore provides low-income Baltimore high school graduates and GED recipients, ages 18 to 24, with a year of information technology (IT) training, leading to technical careers with starting salaries of $30,000 or higher. During the first six months of the program, participants co-enroll into Baltimore City Community College and Year Up, and are paid weekly stipends to attend IT classes at BCCC's Liberty Campus. During the second six months of the program, students are placed in paid internships with local partner companies to gain work experience in IT. At the completion of the training, Year Up students earn a BCCC IT Basic Skills Certificate, worth 16 college credits. Approximately 85 percent of graduates are placed into employment and/or continue their education. Over the next year, Year Up plans to increase the number of students served from 153 to 240.
Health & Human Services
ACLU Foundation of Maryland, Inc.
In support of the ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Project.
Advocates for Children and Youth
In support of activities to improve the outcomes for Baltimore City’s foster and homeless youth.
Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
The Samaritan Center – a project of Catholic Charities – offers to help people resolve emergency needs and increase self-sufficiency through information and referral services, direct financial assistance, and advocacy. This grant provided eviction prevention funds to serve 120 households at risk of homelessness. The Samaritan Center works closely with low-income families and landlords to resolve unpaid rent and ensure clients remain stably house after receiving assistance.
Associated Catholic Charities, Inc.
In support of providing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services for the Immigrant Children Project at the Esperanza Center.
At Jacob's Well, Inc.
In support of purchasing and renovating an additional house for the AJW Permanent Housing program.
Baltimore City Health Department
For support of Vision for Baltimore, an initiative to provide vision screening and eyeglasses for Baltimore City elementary and middle school students.
Baltimore City Health Department
To better target asthma treatment resources to the children who are most in need of support, the Baltimore City Health Department will create an asthma surveillance system that uses state health claims data to identify children who have had emergency room visits and/or hospitalizations due to asthma. The Health Department will conduct outreach to these children and their families to offer supportive services to assist them in managing their asthma and reducing exposure to allergens. The department will also use the asthma surveillance system to identify asthma "hot spots" in Baltimore where asthma prevention interventions can be delivered. This grant provided funding to hire a half-time epidemiologist to design and manage the asthma surveillance system.
Baltimore Community Rowing
In support of Reach High Baltimore, an after-school rowing program for Baltimore City middle and high school students.
Baltimore Medical System, Inc.
To provide 35 uninsured women with long-acting reversible contraceptives.
Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc.
In support of providing comprehensive services to homeless women and children.
Benefits Data Trust
In support of the Maryland Benefits Center, which provides comprehensive benefits access for low-income seniors.
For continued support of the Traveler’s Aid Voucher Program at the Samaritan Center.
Franciscan Center, Inc.
In support of providing emergency services to families in crisis.
Intercultural Counseling Connection
In support of providing trauma-informed services for asylum seekers, refugees, and other forced migrants.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The SPARC Center is a drop-in center designed to meet the needs of female sex workers and other vulnerable women in Baltimore City. Part of a federally-funded study that aims to reduce HIV rates by addressing drug- and sex-related risk behaviors, the center provides a range of health and social services to address the many challenges and barriers to service faced by female sex workers. This grant provides funding to hire a case manager so that the center can better meet clients' mental health and social service needs.
Johns Hopkins University
To provide technical assistance and support for implementation of Vision for Baltimore.
Manna House, Inc.
Manna House has provided meals and supportive services to the homeless and poor of Baltimore City since 1966. This grant supported renovations to their existing facility at 435 East 25th Street and two adjacent newly purchased buildings in the Harwood and Barclay neighborhoods. The project includes expanding the dining area to allow for a seating capacity of 60 clients, a build-out of new case management offices and toilet/shower facilities, and repairs to the basement.
Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
In response to studies showing long-lasting, damaging effects of exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics developed an intervention designed to support low-income parents of young children and to protect their children from exposure to ACEs. The intervention, known as TREE (for Talk, Read, Engage, Encourage) promotes positive parent-child interactions, which have been shown to mitigate the effects of ACEs. The TREE program includes video and print materials that encourage parents to talk, read and play with their young children, and are designed to be used by pediatricians during routine well-child visits. This grant supports the implementation and evaluation of the TREE program.
Maryland Dental Action Coalition, Inc.
The Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) is a statewide dental access advocacy group. In 2018, MDAC and other groups successfully advocated for the creation of a pilot project to provide comprehensive dental benefits to Maryland adutls who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare. MDAC is launching a collaborative of professionals from the dental, health and social services sectors to provide support and guidance to the Maryland Department of Health as it implements the Medicaid adult dental pilot project. This grant supports the collaborative.
Maryland Food Bank
In support of the Baltimore City School Pantry Program.
Parks & People Foundation
Parks & People Foundation builds and revitalizes public spaces, supports greening groups and nonprofits with material and grant donations, and hosts out-of-school time programs for city-youth from low-income backgrounds that integrate environmental education, outdoor experiences, and social-emotional development. This grant supported the middle school sports program, which provides public school students after-school athletic enrichment with an integrated character development curriculum. Sports offered using a non-traditional model include soccer, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball, kickball, basketball, and flag football.
Roberta's House, Inc.
Roberta’s House provides grief education, counseling and support through group programs for children, teens, families, and individual adults suffering from the death of a loved one. This grant supported the construction of a three-story 21,000 square foot bereavement center to replace 11 vacant properties on the 900 block of East North Avenue. The new center will include art activity rooms, a theater, a large family gathering area, a game room, an expression room, conference rooms, administrative offices, workstations and a resource library.
Part of a national network of "diaper banks," ShareBaby provides diapers and other critical baby supplies to low income parents in Baltimore. ShareBaby partners with a wide range of other organizations, including homeless service and domestic violence programs, family support centers, home visiting programs, and programs serving refugees and asylees, to distribute these essential items to famiilies for whom the cost of diapers can be an insurmountable expense. This grant provides operating support for ShareBaby.
Shepherd’s Clinic offers primary and specialty medical care to uninsured adults by leveraging an extensive network of volunteer doctors, nurses and other health professionals. On-site specialty services include cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, women’s health, diabetes management, mental health, and wellness services. The clinic seeks to increase access to health care services for the uninsured, manage chronic diseases, and improve health and well-being. This grant provided Shepherd’s Clinic with general operating support.
Sisters Circle, founded in 2000, is a long-term mentoring program for girls, with a primary focus on young women of color. Participants enter the program in cohorts of 30 during their 6th grade from Commodore John Rodgers, Henderson Hopkins, and City Springs elementary schools, and are paired with a cadre of caring mentors who commit to a minimum of 10 years. Sisters Circle supports these students as they transition to several high schools, colleges, and job training/certification programs, and provides opportunities to engage in programs that consist of academic readiness, summer internships, college prep, and career exploration.
Soccer Without Borders Baltimore
Soccer Without Borders operates year-round soccer and academic support programs for refugee, asylee and immigrant youth. Founded in 2009, they serve almost 500 students statewide through after-school, summer, and mentoring initiatives, and uses an English Language Development-integrated soccer curriculum that allows participants to improve their English proficiency. This grant supported the high school program for 100 youth in Baltimore City.
In support of the SquashWise Youth Development Program, an after-school squash program for students in Baltimore City schools.
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
The St. Ambrose host home program matches homeless young adults, ages 18-24, with homeowners who have been recruited and trained to work with this population, who provide temporary homes for the youth until they find permanent housing. The program is designed to be a short-term stay, with a goal of transitioning the youth to permanent housing within five months. This grant provides operating support for the host home program, which expects to house 25 homeless youth over the coming year.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center
The St. Francis Neighborhood Center has served the Reservoir Hill neighborhood in many ways since 1963, including by offering after-school programming where students engage in tutoring and homework assistance along with arts, music, and performance activities. This grant supported the organization in the renovation and expansion of their 125-year-old three-story townhome at 2405 Linden Avenue. The new 12,000 sq. ft. facility will include five classrooms, a study hall and library, a café and kitchen, two meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room, an art studio, and an expanded computer lab.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
The Beans & Bread Center, a St. Vincent de Paul program, provides a wide range of services on-site that address the needs of the chronically homeless, including housing, health care, recovery, and employment. This grant supported the Beans & Bread homeless day resource in providing a day shelter, intake and engagement, case management, meals, hygiene supplies, showers, laundry, assistance securing personal identification, and access to phones and mail services. The center operates seven days a week and serves more than 400 meals a day.
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.
In support of the Next Course food service occupational skills training for low-income Baltimore City residents with barriers to employment.
Tahirih Justice Center
The Tahirih Justice Center was founded in 1997 to represent women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses. Partnering with an extensive network of pro bono attorneys, Tahirih provides legal services to protect clients from immediate danger and to assist them in gaining asylum relief, aid under the federal Violence Against Women Act, and visas for victims of trafficking. This grant supported legal services for 250 women and girls in Baltimore City and surrounding areas, and case management services for 75 clients.
The Samaritan Community
The Samaritan Community provides assistance to meet the needs of families and individuals who are in crisis and wish to improve their lives. This grant supported the Crisis Intervention Assistance and Empowerment programs, which include a food pantry, clothing and household goods, financial assistance, case management, and individual and group counseling. Other services include access to a computer room and referrals to other agencies, including health and mental health clinics, drug treatment providers, and employment programs.
United Way of Central Maryland, Inc.
When wage earners in low-income families experience an increase in income, they often lose eligibility for certain benefits, resulting in a decrease in the gross resources available for the family; this is known as the “benefits cliff.” This grant supports research by the United Way and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy on the impact of the benefits cliff on Maryland working families.
Up2Us Sports was founded in 2010 as a national non-profit with the goal to use the power of sport to fight childhood obesity, end academic failure, and reduce youth violence by empowering youth with the skills they need to make good choices and to be physically active. In 2018, Up2Us opened a chapter in Baltimore to provide 200-trained coaches over the next five years – 40 per year – to community organizations throughout the city, with a focus on South and West Baltimore, for at least a one-year period. This grant helped to partially subsidize the expenses incurred by community programs with limited resources.
Y of Central Maryland
The Y of Central Maryland, founded in 1853, provides services to children and adults of all demographic and economic backgrounds in Baltimore City and surrounding counties. The Y has partnered with St. Agnes Hospital to renovate and expand the site of the former Cardinal Gibbons High School in the Morrell Park/Violetville area of southwest Baltimore into their third full-service Family Center in the city. This project will culminate with the enrollment of 6,500 new Y members, the creation of 200 full-time and part-time jobs, and programming for at least 250 youth from the surrounding area.
Youth Empowered Society
Opened in October 2012, the YES Center is the only drop-in center for unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults in Baltimore. The center serves youth ages 14 to 25, providing counseling, peer support, connections to resources, and a safe place for the youth to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, laundry facilities, and access to phones and computers, among other things. Services provided by YES staff members and partner agencies include employment readiness, job training, and job placement support; assistance accessing housing; case management; assistance in accessing public benefits; health care, including behavioral health; tutoring; and legal services. This grant supports the salaries of a case manager and peer intern who assist clients in addressing their needs.
Adopt A Block, Inc.
In support of renovating abandoned homes in Baltimore and donating them to select first-time homeowners.
Baltimore Brew provides in-depth reporting on public policy, government accountability and behind the scenes political coverage. Founded in 2009, the online publication has 60-70,000 unique readers each month. The Brew holds a critical space in independent local media. This grant provided funds in support of staffing and related expenses.
Baltimore Community ToolBank
In support of providing inventory enhancements and staff support in response to partner demand.
In support of expanding the range of capital available to entrepreneurs through the Kiva platform.
In support of the inaugural Baltimore Homecoming event.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
Banner Neighborhoods provides low-income senior and disabled homeowners in zip code 21224 with home repairs, handicap modifications and tasks that involve climbing ladders or require heavy lifting. Relieving homeowners of the cost and difficulty of completing home repairs and maintenance enables them to age in place and retain their community ties and social networks. The exterior house improvements, and in some cases tree and vine removal in yards, are critical to keeping senior’s home compliant with code, avoiding environmental citations and municipal fines that unpaid can lead to tax sale and loss of a home.
Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation
In support of costs for supervision, equipment, and supplies for the Southeast Youth Jobs Collaborative, ten participating organizations employing youth and young adults through the YouthWorks Program.
Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
In support of providing general operating support for neighborhood stabilization and revitalization in Belair-Edison.