Program Investment Grants fund parish-affiliated outreach programs for capacity building projects that allow existing programs to improve or expand services. Program Investment Grants also provide seed money for new ministries, with a special preference for collaborative projects. The grants are paid over one to three years.
In 2018, Episcopal Charities is giving priority to programs serving immigrants and refugees, as well as people impacted by the criminal justice system. Since January, the board of directors has approved Program Investment grants totaling nearly $250,000 for:
RDJ Memorial Refugee Shelter, St. Mary’s, Harlem – $3,200
RDJ Memorial Shelter builds a supportive community for homeless immigrants and refugees in NYC by providing shelter, ESL, legal, and health services. The grant will enable the shelter to purchase two computers and encryption software to improve case management and enable centralized record keeping, in order to better evaluate the program.
Re-entry Hospitality, St. Philip’s, Harlem – $15,000
Re-entry Hospitality, in collaboration with the Harlem Community Justice Center (HCJC) and the Interfaith Center of New York, is expanding its program for parolees. Volunteers from several Harlem and Manhattan congregations will assist people on parole with access to technology, job searches and interview preparation.
Helping Hands for the Homeless of Rockland County, St. Mary’s, Tuxedo Park – $20,000
Helping Hands is renovating a building to provide a new and permanent home for its outreach center, where staff and volunteers provide case management computer training, and assistance with job searches to people who are homeless, many of whom are undocumented immigrants and people returning to society from prison.
The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network (UIDN), Holy Cross/Santa Cruz, Kingston – $20,000
The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network (UIDN) assists immigrants with a 24/7 bilingual hotline and website, training, safe spaces, a rapid-response team, anti-bullying campaigns in the local schools, and transportation and accompaniment to court hearings. The program also provides direct financial assistance to help detainees pay bonds as well as lawyer and legal fees.
Young at Arts, Christ Church Bronxville – $30,000
Young at Arts will expand its after school youth arts program to serve an additional 30-40 teenagers from Mount Vernon, the majority of whom are children of immigrants. Partnering with the Mount Vernon Girls and Boys Club and the Department of Recreation, students will receive music, dance and drama lessons in addition to homework help.
Jones Educational Support Center, Christ Church, Riverdale – $40,000
Christ Church Riverdale is starting a new after school education program in collaboration with ELLIS (English Language Learners and International Support) Prep, a NYC public school for newly arrived immigrants age 16-21. will offer writing workshops, tutoring, and field trips to 20-25 students, many of whom have interrupted or otherwise limited formal educations.
Community Leadership Academy of Yonkers (CLAY), Iglesia Memorial de San Andres, Yonkers – $60,000
A new ministry and collaboration between San Andres and Center Lane, an LGBTQ program of Westchester Jewish Community Services, the community Leadership Academy of Yonkers (CLAY) will address the needs of immigrant teens with a Saturday leadership academy and weekly community service activities.
Washington Heights Choir School, Holyrood Church, Manhattan – $60,000
Washington Heights Choir School is a free after-school program for elementary-age children providing daily vocal and instrumental instruction by music professionals. Volunteers also provide homework help and tutoring for English language learners. Episcopal Charities’ grant will fund a staff position for a program director to help ensure sustainability.