Grants Awarded Summary: Human Services

Human Services

The Women’s Impact Fund has awarded a total of $5 million to 62 non-profit organizations since 2003.  We are honored to share the following information about our Human Services Grants.

A CHILD’S PLACE

$98,475 to support its Flex Social Work Team from 2008-2010. The economic crises caused a large increase in the demand for their services requiring support in over 100 schools. Since the recovery, they have shifted back to working in the 15 highest need schools and with students experiencing generational (as opposed to situational) homelessness. (2008 Grantee)

CHARLOTTE FAMILY HOUSING (FORMERLY WORKFORCE INITIATIVE FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM (W.I.S.H.)

$100,000 for masters-level bilingual social worker. In the year awarded, W.I.S.H. merged with Family Promise and Charlotte Emergency Housing. As Charlotte Family Housing, the number of families served has grown from 199 in 2011-2012 to 386 in 2014-2015. CFH has increased their staff to serve these families over 2 years from 5 to 13 social workers, including the bilingual social worker hired with the WIF grant. (2011 Grantee)

CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

$58,000 to establish Gang of One, a gang prevention arm of their gang unit. Coupled with gang intelligence, the issue has improved since the early 2000s such that gang prevention has been brought under the umbrella of the juvenile prevention program. Young people referred to this diversion program are referred to one of 6 different programs based on offense and needed life skills. (2004 Grantee)

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS

$70,000 for its Immigrant Youth Services.  Funds will be used to hire a program coordinator to expand its efforts to serve newly arrived immigrant students and develop specialized programming to address their unique needs. (Grant awarded in 2016)

COMMUNITY CULINARY SCHOOL OF CHARLOTTE

$55,000 to support its Workforce Development through Culinary Arts program, which provides culinary training and job search assistance for adults with barriers to employment or in need of social integration. (Grant awarded 2015)

HOPE HAVEN

$90,000 to aid in costs of a Families Program Coordinator and other expenses for its Families Recovery Program. The Coordinator allowed Hope Haven to better serve the children staying at the center. The grant also helped cover some basic maintenance and operating expenses of their aging facility. They have since addressed much-needed repairs and updates to the facility with the help of other grants. 73% of those served in 2011 are still sober. (2010 Grantee)

JACOBS LADDER JOB CENTER

$62,000 to implement and hire a coordinator for a new program called Project HOPE. The program helps the hardest to employ find jobs and offers intensive support and counseling. The Center’s mission is to help the unemployed find and keep living wage jobs. (Grant awarded in 2005)

LEGAL SERVICES OF SOUTHERN PIEDMONT

$80,000 to establish Legal Services for Veterans, an initiative to provide legal representation to lower-income veterans seeking disability benefits, and to assist them in other legal matters related to their military service. The program has since expanded into Union and Cabarrus Counties and started Military Mondays where veterans can stop by a coffee shop during office hours to determine if LSSP can help them. (2012 Grantee)

THE RELATIVES

$80,000 to support the On Ramp program which provides resources for transition-aged youth. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, 754 youth were served at least twice in either the case management program or the resource center. This was up from 617 the previous year, most likely due to increased awareness from their street outreach services. (2013 Grantee)

SAFE ALLIANCE   (FORMERLY UNITED FAMILY SERVICES)

$89,000 for its Domestic Violence Legal Representation Project, offering legal support to domestic violence victims. The program serves 400 clients per year. 87.5% of clients served indicated increased personal safety after receiving services and 100% reported feeling supported during court proceedings. (2009 Grantee)

THE SALVATION ARMY

$100,000 for the Rapid Rehousing Program, a national best practices model to rapidly re-house homeless families within 30-60 days of admission to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Shelter for Women and Children.  This grant will fund the salary and benefits of a Social Worker for two years which will allow 60 families per year to be successfully housed. (Grant awarded in 2014)

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING COMMUNITIES

$60,000 to provide housing and support for men, women and families, especially veterans and those with mental illness. (Grant awarded in 2017)

YOUTH HOMES (NOW PART OF CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

$88,000 to help launch the Preparation for Independent Living program, aimed at helping teens “aging out” of the foster care system. Due to a change in organizational structure and programmatic focus, this program is no longer in operation. (2006 Grantee)

YWCA CENTRAL CAROLINAS

$86,000 for the Families Together program, a YWCA transitional housing program designed to help homeless families rebuild their lives. In the first five years, 60 families were served by this program, and all 58 that YWCA has kept with are still in permanent housing. (2007 Grantee)