Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Awards Caritas grants to organizations supporting Darlington, Marion, Dillon, Florence, Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties.

(COLUMBIA, S.C., October 8, 2018) – The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Caritas grants for the fall 2018 grant cycle. These grants bear the name of one of the guiding principles of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in omnibus caritas, meaning “in all things charity.” Caritas grants are awarded to organizations meeting fundamental needs of individuals and families experiencing poverty in South Carolina. These organizations often act as a lifeline in their communities and provide valuable services to those they serve.

In total, 75 organizations were awarded Caritas spring 2018 funding for a total of $265,450. The Foundation is proud to announce their partnerships with the following recipients in your area:

Caring And Sharing, Inc ($1500)

Caring and Sharing is a volunteer driven organization located in Hemingway, SC. The group's main focus is to assist residents in this rural area of Georgetown who are trying to exist on $200-$700 a month. The organization offers emergency financial assistance as well as operates a food bank. Funding will go toward the purchase of food for their food bank as well as financial support for clients in crisis who need assistance with rent, utility payments, automotive expenses, and other expenses. Located in Williamsburg County; also serving Georgetown, Florence, and Marion Counties

Homeless Period Project ($2000)
While menstrual poverty is well-documented throughout the world, awareness of its presence in the United States is just emerging. Funding will support the Homeless Period Project’s “Period Packs” program that provides sanitary products to women and girls in schools and partner organizations in 38 South Carolina counties. By providing access and eliminating the cost of these items, Period Packs help restore dignity, support women and girls in maintaining good hygiene and health, and reduce time away from class or work. Located in Greenville County; also serving Abbeville, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Chester, Clarendon, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, and Lexington Counties

Lighthouse Ministries($4000)

Lighthouse Ministries' Service Aid Program serves families and individuals in financial crisis by preventing evictions and disconnection of utilities and supporting other basic needs such as life-sustaining prescription medications. Trained volunteer advocates meet with qualified participants to determine need and to connect participants with other resources and services within the area. This funding will be used to to prevent evictions and to provide rent deposits for families who are living in unsafe conditions and ensure that they remain housed during their time of crisis. Located in and serving Florence County

SNAC ($1000)
The Shelter and Nutrition for All Children (SNAC) program was created based on the increasing number of homeless children in Florence School District One. Families are referred by school administrators and SNAC works directly with families to provide them assistance with water, rent, utilities or deposits if they have secured shelter; and motel and food vouchers are offered if they are currently experiencing homelessness. Funding will cover operating and direct assistance costs. Located in and Serving Florence County

The Naomi Project ($1000)
The Naomi Project goal is to provide life building services to victims of domestic abuse who are experiencing poverty after fleeing the home and resources they once shared with their abusers. In addition, they provide life building services, a one year stay, and a supportive transition into permanent housing. Funding will support programming that will assist participants as they develop independence through emotional and psychological healing and obtaining educational and financial stability. Located in Florence County; also serving Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg Counties

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

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