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Past Grants

The following grants are in excess of $5,000 and were awarded in 2021.

Education

Baltimore Corps

$78,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Corps Mayoral Fellowship Program provides fifteen undergraduate seniors and graduate students a ten-week, full time, internship in high priority City Hall offices/agencies, working on Executive-level projects under key directors.  In addition to their work assignments, participants attend weekly luncheons with pertinent speakers, do community service projects, and enjoy planned social events around the City.  The ultimate goal of the Mayoral Fellowship is to encourage talented individuals, with an interest in public service to seek permanent positions within City government.  

Baltimore's Promise, Fiscally Sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

The Grads2Careers initiative seeks to establish a pathway for City Schools graduates who are not enrolled in four-year colleges or universities into well paying, high-demand, and high-growth occupations in the city and region.  Phase I saw the 18-21 year old population served by Grads2Careers meeting the targets of 70% enrollment, 70% completion, and 70% or more participants being placed in job or enrolling in college.  On a systems level, the initiative seeks to build capacity at the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, City Schools, and with occupational skills-training providers as these various entities work together to better serve the 18-21 year old population seeking to enter the workforce directly after high school.

Building STEPS, Inc.

$60,000
Brooklandville, MD

Building STEPS partners with non-academic-criteria Baltimore City high schools and provides college going support including STEM seminars, summer internship experiences, college workshops, tutoring support, and college counseling.  Students are identified by their school counselor and are admitted through an application process.  Participating students must meet the 3.0 GPA threshold and have strong school attendance.  This grant from the Abell Foundation will enable expansion into the tenth grade in order to provide an additional year of programming to improve foundational math skills, boost SAT scores/college math readiness, and expand college persistence programming.

Fund for Educational Excellence

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

The Fund for Educational Excellence is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that supports public education through its fundraising and collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools, convening of education stakeholders, and serving as a fiscal sponsor to non-profit organizations.  The Fund acts as an independent ambassador, drawing upon its understanding of education needs in Baltimore City, as well as strong relationships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, to ensure the best possible education for our city’s public school students.  The organization provides stewardship for over $20 million in private philanthropic support for programming targeted towards Baltimore City students.

Higher Achievement Baltimore

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

The Higher Achievement model provides multi-year, out-of-school programming in the areas of academics enrichment, family engagement, and high school placement support for middle school students in fifth through eighth grades.  Each child participating in the program receives around 400 hours of programming.  Program outcomes from 2019-2020, yielded 69% of students increasing one letter grade in math or maintaining As and Bs through the second quarter.  Through the support of the Abell Foundation grant, Higher Achievement is currently engaging in an expansion plan that seeks to double their footprint by expanding to two additional schools by the Fall of 2022.

Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) through its Mindful Moments program provides schools the opportunity to address climate and culture through a multi-tiered approach.  The program is currently active in 23 schools and serves 3700 students throughout Baltimore.  All students attending HLF schools receive the tier one supports by participating in the daily meditations and engaging in the classroom push in services provided by the mindfulness coaches.  The most intensive, tier three students are able to self-refer or be directed by a teacher to report to the Mindful Moments room where they have time and space to decompress, cool down, talk to a caring adult, and ultimately return to the classroom better prepared to learn.  The mindfulness practice, forwarded by the Holistic Life team equips students with much needed coping, relaxation, and centering techniques that can be employed universally, both inside and outside of the school setting.   

iMentor

$65,000
New York, NY

Students in the iMentor program receive classes preparing them for college and career access during the school day via a weekly course that is facilitated by an iMentor’s school-based program manager.  Through their iMentor classes, each student works to develop an individualized Post-Secondary Pathway (PSP).  iMentor participants leverage high-impact mentoring relationships to explore careers, become competitive for jobs, secure employment, and succeed in a targeted profession.  

Libraries Without Borders

$50,000
Washington, DC

Libraries Without Borders has partnered with Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church and three local Baltimore City Schools to develop a permanent learning space that builds on the church’s existing role as a community anchor institution.  This learning space provides after school and enrichment opportunities, summer programming, and other community services like food distribution and access to digital resources.  The Stillmeadow Learning Center will also provide adult learning opportunities through a multitude of community partnerships.    

Patterson Park Public Charter School Inc.

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

Patterson Park Public Charter School is seeking to open a second campus within the Bayview area of Southeast Baltimore on the grounds of the Our Lady of Fatima complex.  When at full capacity, Clay Hill Public Charter School (CHPCS) will serve 540 students and their families in Baltimore City.  Key activities for phase one of the project include roof repair, window repair, an electrical upgrade, kitchen equipment installation, classroom and corridor improvements, bathrooms and health suite upgrades to become ADA compliant, as well as internet and technology installation.  This grant will help with construction costs in preparation for opening of the new charter school in fall of 2021.   

POP Inc.

$12,650
Baltimore, MD

The Play On Purpose Freedom School program serves 200 students for six weeks during the summer and is open to students citywide.  The Freedom Schools program provides a research-based, multicultural curriculum that emphasizes high-quality literacy and character-building activities, parent/family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational servant leadership development, sports, and fitness.  

Success for All Foundation, Inc.

$225,000
Baltimore, MD

The Success For All Foundation, based out of the Johns Hopkins School of Education is developing a new middle school tutoring initiative, entitled ThemeReads.  Summer of 2021 would be targeted for the research and development of the main program components of this middle school tutoring initiative.  The implementation phase of ThemeReads will be paired with a matched evaluation of the program, comparing gains from pre-test to post-test for students participating in the intervention.  

Teach For America-Baltimore

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Teach For America’s organizational mission is to find, develop, and support equity-oriented leaders, to transform education and expand opportunity for children, starting in the classroom.  Teach For America Baltimore utilizes a strategy of recruiting a diverse group of leaders from across the nation to commit at least two years of teaching to high needs classrooms.  For the 2020-2021 school year, Teach For America seeks to strategically recruit and place 83-92 diverse corps members in difficult to staff teaching positions in low-income schools, alongside providing ongoing support to nearly 1300 alumni leaders working in various roles including principals, non-profit leaders, or other positions with the capacity to impact education throughout the city.  

The Be.Org, Fiscally Sponsored by Bmore Empowered, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

The Be.Org’s, Be.Virtual STEM based instruction and mentorship program is offered as an after school and summer experience for thirty students annually.  By the end of the program, participating students will develop skills in C+ coding and will create a virtual reality curriculum module, using Unity software.  This experience provides a pathway for students to receive their entry level Unity industry-recognized certification after 10 months of participation.  

The Community School

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

The Community School is a state-certified, non-public school that provides individualized academics and mentoring for high school students who require an alternative educational route.  The Community School educates up to twenty-two students a year, providing significant mentoring in a small environment to help their students achieve success personally and academically.  In addition to a rigorous, yet individualized, college preparatory curriculum, The Community School offers mentoring around personal habits, skills, and responsibility.    

The Ingenuity Project

$375,000
Baltimore, MD

The Ingenuity Project provides students with rigorous math and science courses and experiences that prepare and inspire a pursuit of advanced STEM learning.  The program provides gifted programming to a cohort of diverse students that reflects the race, ethnicity, gender, and income of Baltimore City.  Ingenuity middle school programming currently takes place at four locations throughout the city, while the high school program, taking place at Baltimore Polytechnic High School, aligns to the highest standards in math and science, enabling every student to participate in a research or STEM practicum experience.  

Towson University

$46,132
Towson, MD

The University Supported Middle School Tutoring Pilot is a project connecting Towson University and Morgan State University students with middle school students at AFYA public charter school in a tutoring relationship designed to boost literacy skills.  The program will enable 20-30 college students to serve as university tutors that will be matched with two middle school students each for whom to providing literacy tutoring throughout the year.  

University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

The Positive Schools Center (PSC) in an initiative housed within the University of Maryland School of Social Work that partners with school leaders and school staffs to build restorative and supportive schools.   The Positive School Center collaborates with school leaders to ensure trauma-responsive educational approaches and restorative practices are integrated into every area of the school by providing training, staff and leadership coaching, direct community supports, and technical assistance. 

Workforce Development

Art with a Heart

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Each year, Art with a Heart teachers and assistants provide engaging, educational, and interactive visual arts classes to vulnerable Baltimore children, youth, and adults.  Funding from the Abell Foundaiton will support HeARTworks, a workforce development program that uses art as a vehicle to teach job skills; HeARTwares, Art with a Heart's social enterprise/retail store that sells HeARTworks participants’ artwork; and arts integration, Art with a Heart's engaging visual arts programs that supplement academic curricula in Baltimore elementary/middle schools.

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System Foundation

$88,000
Baltimore, MD

Funding from the Abell Foundation will support Bon Secours Baltimore Community Works' Returning Citizens program, which is designed to help 100 returning citizens break the cycle of incarceration.   All program participants will receive behavioral health assessments and financial education; 70% are expected to complete TYRO, an intensive, five-week life skills course; and 65% will be placed into jobs, occupational skills training or higher education programs. 

BUILD

$125,000
Baltimore, MD

Turnaround Tuesdays is a BUILD jobs initiative in which residents meet at Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday mornings from 9 am to 11 am to receive help in finding employment.  During the pandemic, Turnaround Tuesday has been holding weekly online orientation sessions on Monday, and transitioned its 30-hour essential skills training to a four-day, 16-hour online session. Last year, Turnaround Tuesday placed 202 people into jobs, most of which are defined by Turnaround Tuesday as being quality jobs, or those that pay over $16 per hour and offer medical and vacation benefits as well as a career pathway.  In 2021, Turnaround Tuesday expects that 100 of its 225 placements will be in quality jobs.  

CASA de Maryland, Inc.

$100,000
Langley Park, MD

The Baltimore Welcome Center provides employment placement services for day laborers and low-income workers who begin to assemble early in the morning in the hope of being selected for jobs in construction, landscaping, home improvement, sanitation, and other day-to-day, physical labor-intensive jobs. In the coming year, CASA plans to place workers in 1,700 daily jobs, 40 temporary/seasonal jobs, and 35 permanent jobs; to provide 50 people with legal consultation on immigration, employment, or housing matters; to provide 500 people with basic financial education/counseling, and 300 low-income households with free tax preparation services; and to educate 200 eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) about the naturalization process.

Center for Urban Families, Inc.

$300,000
Baltimore, MD

The Center for Urban Families (CFUF) works to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic succes.  STRIVE Baltimore, the cornerstone of CFUF's programming, is a strict, demanding, three-week workshop that focuses on workplace behavior, appearance, and attitude.  Upon completion of training, STRIVE graduates are placed in jobs, and are followed by STRIVE staff for two years.  Last year, CFUF placed 37 STRIVE graduates and 159 other participants into jobs, earning an average wage of $14.12 per hour. 

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

$150,200
Baltimore, MD

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) are collaborating on a transitional employment initiative, where over the course of a year, MOED will hire 60 unemployed local residents and connect them to DPOB for three-month employment placements in DPOB’s Downtown COVID Cleaning Corps. Funding from the Abell Foundation will ensure that the COVID Cleaning Corps has the equipment needed to clean streets, alleyways, and other public places as businesses return to their downtown offices.  Abell funds will be used to purchase sensors that the Cleaning Corps members will install on trashcans throughout downtown Baltimore.  The sensors are designed to improve trash collection.

Humanim, Inc.

$170,000
Baltimore, MD

Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) are the front line staff who work closely with individuals diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability.  To respond to the critical need for trained workers, Humanim, with support from the Abell Foundaiton, will recruit and train 130 DSPs to meet and exceed all DSP required state trainings/certifications.  Abell funding will also support Humanim and Obran, a worker cooperative conglomerate corporation, to help 30 DSPs to launch a worker-owned alternative staffing company.  Obran will recruit the employee-owners, and work with them to establish and organization structure.  The employee-owners of the newly formed worker cooperative will deliver quality services to employer partners and share in the company's prosperity.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation

$100,000
Baltimore, MD

The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) Baltimore trains unemployed and/or underemployed Baltimore City residents in welding and computer numerical control (CNC) at the Regional Skills Training Center on Park Heights Avenue in West Baltimore.  With funding from the Abell Foundation, students receive hands-on training and earn industry-recognized credentials in a work-like environment.  Beyond technical skills training, JARC Baltimore provides employment readiness and financial support services to trainees during and after training.  Graduates are placed into jobs earning an average starting wage of $16 per hour.  

Living Classrooms Foundation

$225,326
Baltimore, MD

Project SERVE enrolls up to 150 returning citizens a year, providing them with paid, on-the-job work experience.   Once participants have worked with Project SERVE for four to six months, they are placed into entry-level jobs with public and private employers. In 2019, the program maintained a 60% job placement rate, a 56% job retention rate after one year of employment, and a low recidivism rate of 9%.  With funding from the Abell Foundation, Project SERVE will expand its case management and wraparound services to support 60 additional participants.  

Maryland New Directions

$120,000
Baltimore, MD

Maryland New Directions, Inc., (MND) is a private, nonprofit, career counseling and job placement agency that provides one-on-one job coaching for immediate job placement as well as occupational skills training for careers in the transportation and logistics industry.  Funding from Abell will support MND in assisting more than 200 job seekers in Baltimore.

Health & Human Services

AZIZA PE&CE, Fiscally Sponsored by Elijah's Blessing Community Service Center, Inc.

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

AZIZA PE&CE is a community-based, youth development program for students 15-24 years old.  AZIZA PE&CE uses art, music, fashion, and fitness to guide students through a process of social-emotional growth.  It serves female students who demonstrate behavioral issues at school, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LCBTQ) youth. This grant provides general operating support.   

Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Inc.

$150,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) provides comprehensive services for children who have expereienced the trauma of sexual abuse, and their family members.  This grant will support construction of a new Center for Hope, located next to the Pimlico race course in Northwest Baltimore, that will house BCAC and several other violence prevention and intervention programs affiliated with the LifeBridge Health System.    

Baltimore Furniture Bank, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Furniture Bank (BFB) was founded in 2017 by two men with lived experiences of homelessness to provide donated furniture to homeless individuals who are moving into apartments.  The BFB solicits donations of used furniture from institutions with surplus furniture and from individuals; sorts, cleans and stores the furniture in a warehouse; and distributes it at events and through partnerships with nonprofit housing providers.  This grant supports the Baltimore Furniture Bank's general operating costs.  BFB is fiscally sponsored by Fusion Partnerships, Inc.  

Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership

$400,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP) was created in 2012 as a result of the settlement of the landmark civil rights lawsuit, Thompson v. HUD, which sought to remedy decades of discriminatory public housing policies that left thousands of low-income African American families perpetually locked in high poverty neighborhoods in Baltimore City.  BRHP administers the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program, which couples Housing Choice Vouchers (formerly known as "Section 8") with pre- and post-move counseling to support families who want to move from areas of deeply concentrated poverty to areas of opportunity throughout the Baltimore region.  To date, BRHP has assisted over 5,000 families to move to low poverty communities with high performing schools, low levels of crime, and healthy environments, among other benefits. 

Despite the significant benefits for families who have made these moves, BRHP data shows that many of the families served have stagnant incomes. To address this concern, BRHP has designed a new program called Growing Assets and Income (GAIN).  The GAIN program is modeled on the successful, federally funded Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program administered by a number of public housing authorities, which provides financial incentives to participants who achieveme employment, education and other goals.  Evaluations of FSS programs have found that participants had significant increases in incomes, as well as improved credit scores and reduced debt. The GAIN program builds on lessons learned from housing authorities that have implemented FSS programs.       

GAIN will provide participants with counseling, resource connections, and financial incentives tied to achievement of client-created goals, all designed to support clients in achieving financial stability and self-sufficiency. This grant supports a two-year pilot of the GAIN program that will serve 250 clients.    

Baltimore Under Ground Science Space

$137,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS) is a nonprofit, community laboratory that brings together people from diverse backgrounds and approaches with the goal of advancing novel scientific, artistic and technological developments.  This grant supports BUGSS' partnership with the Open Insulin Foundation (OIF) in support of OIF's mission to produce safe, affordable, high quality insulin for people living with diabetes. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment and to support the salary of an OIF researcher who is conducting research focused on the production and purification of biosimilar insulin. This research will provide essential data that OIF will need to pursue approval of its biosimilar insulin from the Food and Drug Administration. If OIF secures FDA approval of its insulin, it will partner with a Good Manufacturing Practice-compliant laboratory in Baltimore City to produce affordable insulin on a large scale for insulin-dependent people with diabetes.  

Baltimore Urban Debate League

$20,000
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL) has brought debate into Baltimore’s public school classrooms over the last two decades, improving academic skills, increasing student voice and engagement, and fostering social-emotional growth.  This grant supports BUDL's elementary and middle school program, with the aim of rebounding to its pre-COVID-19 reach in schools and students served.

Black Girls Cook, Fiscally Sponsored by Bmore Empowered, Inc.

$10,000
Baltimore, MD

Black Girls Cook aims to teach girls of color, how to grow, buy, and prepare healthy and affordable food.  In addition to offering cooking and edible gardening programs, Black Girls Cook guest instructors are role models of different career possibilities in the food and hospitality industry.  This grant is for general operating support.  

BUILD

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) is a broad-based coalition of faith institutions, schools and neighborhood associations that collaborate to make Baltimore a better place to live, work and raise a family.  This grant supports BUILD's COVID-19 Emergency Food Program.  Launched in April 2020, the program provides weekly deliveries of food to 1,250 families in East Baltimore who have been adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  BUILD is working with four East Baltimore churches, and housing developer ReBuild Metro, to identify families in need of food assistance and deliver weekly boxes of produce and nonperishable foods.  In addition to providing food for families struggling with food insecurity, the program provides part-time employment for the drivers who deliver the food, most of whom are residents of the communities served and in many cases receive food assistance themselves.  

Catherine's Family and Youth Services

$25,000
Baltimore, MD

Catherine's Family and Youth Services (CFYS) serves families, youth, and seniors in Park Heights and other communities in Northwest Baltimore.  CFYS provides a range of services, including a free after school and summer program for neighborhood youth, a food pantry, school supply drives, clothing distribution events, and referrals to other agencies for additional services.  This grant supports CFYS's emergency food distribution program, which provides prepared meals for 500 - 1,000 people each week through a partnership with World Central Kitchen and Breaking Bread restaurant, a Black-owned Baltimore restaurant.  In addition, CFYS supplements the prepared meals with donations of meat, produce, bread, nonperishable foods, baby supplies, paper goods and cleaning supplies.   

Civil Justice, Inc.

$118,544
Baltimore, MD

This grant supports a new project of Civil Justice, the Medical Debt Collection Defense Project.  Through this program, Civil Justice will provide direct legal representation for approximately 50 Baltimore City residents who are being sued for medical debt.  Through these cases, Civil Justice will identify systemic abuses and use impact litigation to stop these abuses.  

Episcopal Housing Corporation

$65,000
Baltimore, MD

This grant will support Episcopal Housing Corporation's renovation of 17 W. Mulberry Court into nine Permanent Supportive Housing units. Permanent Supportive Housing is an evidence-based intervention to end chronic homelesslessness, which has also been shown to decrease health care spending.  Once the development is complete, tenants will be referred from the Baltimore City's Coordinated Access List, and Health Care for the Homeless will provide social services to those tenants. 

Food & Water Watch

$40,000
Washington, DC

This grant supports Food & Water Watch's efforts to ensure that Baltimore City's Water Accountability and Equity Act  is implemented according to the law, and that eligible Baltimore City residents enroll in the "Water for All" program.  Under the law, water bills will be capped at 1%-3% of income for those living at 50-200% of the Federal Poverty Limit, including tenants.  To incentivize on-time payments and retention in the program, the equivalent amount of each on-time water bill payment is deducted from enrolled residents’ arrears.  In addition, the act calls for the creation of the “Office of Water Customers Advocacy and Appeals” within the Department of Public Works (DPW) to provide all residents with a fair and neutral process of resolving water bill issues, which the OIG’s recent report shows are prevalent. 

Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

$110,379
Baltimore, MD

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) provides free legal services to people experiencing homelessness throughout Maryland, and advocates for long-term solutions to homelessness.  This grant supports HPRP's Homeless Youth Initiative, which provides direct representation to unaccompanied homeless youth on a range of legal needs, engages in state and local coalitions to address the needs of homeless youth, and advocates for policy solutions to youth homelessness in Maryland.  

Johns Hopkins University

$250,000
Baltimore, MD

Vision for Baltimore is an innovative, citywide partnership designed to improve vision screening and follow up care for Baltimore City public school students.  The program provides expanded school-based vision screenings, eye exams and glasses, simplifying the process of obtaining vision care and increasing the likelihood that students who need glasses will get them. Partners in Vision for Baltimore include the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public School System, Johns Hopkins University, and Vision to Learn, a national nonprofit organization that operates mobile school vision treatment programs throughout the country.  This grant supports Vision for Baltimore's operations.     

Leveling the Playing Field, Inc.

$30,000
Baltimore, MD

Leveling the Playing Field collects and redistributes used and excess sporting equipment to schools and organizations serving low-income children.  The donated equipment enables programs to pass on the savings to families through reduced or free registration fees or expanded programming.  Last year, the organization collected more than $850,000 worth of donated equipment from more than 120 different organizations and people.  It was able to distribute about $475,000 worth of equipment to Baltimore-area partner organizations during COVID 19, as well as 2,100 Sports Kits to City youth through City Schools' meal sites. This grant supports Leveling the Playing Field's general operating costs. 

Maryland Family Network

$40,000
Baltimore, MD

"Maryland Child Care Boost" is a pilot program that aims to improve the sustainability of childcare by helping providers maintain full program enrollment; implement sound financial management practices; and achieve economies of scale through participation in a shared services network. It will serve a total of 120 family and center-based child care providers: 40 from Baltimore City, 40 from Montgomery County, and 40 from Prince George’s County. This grant supports the staffing required at the Baltimore City Child Care Resource and Referral Center (BCCCRC) to coordinate the cohorts of Baltimore City childcare providers.  

Maryland Food Bank

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

The Maryland Food Bank (MFB) School Food Pantry Program operates food pantries in schools that serve large populations of families living in poverty. MFB has operated the program since 2005, providing easy access to supplemental food for families facing food insecurity.  During the current school year, when most schools are closed, MFB has shifted to a "grab and go" food distribution model, where families can pick up bags of food at participating schools on a monthly basis.  The program has also greatly increased the amount of food provided to families during the pandemic, distributing more than twice as much food during the first two quarters of FY 2021 compared to the same period in FY 2020.  This grant supports MFB's Baltimore City School Food Pantry Program.   

Maryland Hunger Solutions

$60,000
Washington, DC

More than ten percent of Marylanders struggle with food insecurity, defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life, and national data reveal stark racial disparities in rates of food insecurity.  Maryland Hunger Solutions (MHS) works with state and local government agencies and nonprofit partners to maximize participation in federal nutrition programs, increase access to healthy, affordable food in low-income communities, and improve public policies in Maryland to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition.  This grant supports MHS's Baltimore City SNAP outreach and enrollment campaign, which works to connect vulnerable populations with federally-funded SNAP (food stamp) benefits, a key strategy in reducing food insecurity in Maryland.          

Moveable Feast, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Founded in 1989 as a volunteer-led organization providing home-cooked meals for people with HIV and AIDS, Moveable Feast is now the leading provider of home-delivered medically tailored meals for people with chronic health conditions in the Baltimore region. The organization delivers approximately 500,000 meals annually to over 1,300 individuals who are medically compromised and have diseases that are impacted by nutrition. In addition, 40% of its clients receive medical nutrition therapy to help them make lasting changes to their diets to support improved health. Beyond direct services, Moveable Feast is an active participant in the national Food Is Medicine coalition, an association of nonprofit food and nutrition service providers that collaborate to advance public policy, promote research, and share best practices on the provision of medically tailored meals and nutrition education. This grant provides general support for Moveable Feast's operations.          

Soccer Without Borders Baltimore

$60,000
Baltimore, MD

Soccer Without Borders provides year-round soccer and academic support programs for refugee, asylum-seekers, and immigrant youth. Soccer Without Borders provides a safe and supportive environment for youth, as well as English language development, through its soccer teams. This grant supports the high school program, which serves up to 90 youth in Baltimore City.  

Soccer Without Borders Baltimore

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Soccer Without Borders provides year-round soccer and academic support programs for refugee, asylum-seekers, and immigrant youth. This grant is for Soccer Without Borders capital campaign to purchase its own building in Highlandtown.  This building will serve as the headquarters for Soccer Without Borders National as well as its Baltimore chapter. 

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$75,000
Baltimore, MD

Launched in 2014, St. Vincent de Paul's Front Door program provides short-term rent subsidies coupled with housing search assistance, intensive case management, and employment support to homeless families and single adults in Baltimore.  The program serves 160 households per year and has had significant success supporting people to move from homelessness to stable housing.  Of those who exited the program in FY2020, 97% remained in permanent housing six months later, and none had re-entered the shelter system a year after exiting the program.  In addition, 69% of those who exited the program in 2020 were employed at the time of exit, and received support from navigators who assist clients to find and sustain employment.  St. Vincent de Paul tailors services to the needs of each household to ensure that clients achieve stability and are able to remain housed.  While the housing costs are covered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Abell funds are used to pay for furniture, moving expenses, and miscellaneous expenses related to removing employment barriers.  

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Inc.

$50,000
Baltimore, MD

Established in 1977, St. Vincent de Paul's Beans & Bread Center provides low-barrier, client-centered services for people experiencing chronic homelessness and other vulnerable individuals in Baltimore City. Beans & Bread serves two meals per day, six days a week, and offers case management, as well as connections to housing, health care, and employment services. In addition, Beans & Bread provides showers, laundry, and access to phones and mail services for people experiencing homelessness. This grant supports the Beans & Bread Center's general operations.      

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