Lincoln Financial Foundation grants are helping three local social service agencies break the cycle of homelessness and educate families on how to manage their finances. The grants are part of $426,700 in human services grants recently awarded to 31 Philadelphia nonprofits, a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds Lincoln Foundation allocated for Philadelphia in 2011.
Bethesda Project received $30,000 to train staff for its homeless shelters and residencies. For the sixth consecutive year, Lincoln Foundation is helping to underwrite the organization’s new employee orientation, monthly training workshops and computer training for case managers and program coordinators. Up to 10% of Bethesda Project’s staff were formerly homeless.
Project H.O.M.E. received $36,000 to support Rowan Homes, two facilities that house about 150 women and children in families with histories of homelessness as well as substance abuse and mental illness. The Rowan Homes facilities on Judson and Diamond Streets give families a safe and nurturing place where they can focus on stabilizing their lives and setting goals for themselves.
The Lincoln Foundation also awarded $34,200 to Partnership CDC to provide financial literacy and housing counseling to low- and moderate-income households in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Clients learn all they need to know about buying a home, removing barriers between them and the dream of owning a home. Other aspects of the program focus on mortgage foreclosure prevention education.
Other human service grants awarded include:
- $25,000 to Adoption Center of Delaware Valley for adoption enhancement services aimed at increasing the success rate of adoptions and increasing access to support services.
- $15,000 to CASA of Philadelphia County to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for safe, permanent and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children under court protection.
- $13,500 to Youth Services to support the Youth Emergency Shelter, the largest shelter in Philadelphia that offers immediate housing, health services and education programming to homeless youth, serving 450 young people each year.
- $10,000 to Philadelphia Children’s Alliance for its Victim Advocacy Services for sexually abused children.
- $5,000 to CASA of Delaware County to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for safe, permanent and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children under court protection.
Nutrition and Hunger
- $15,000 to The Food Trust for its School Nutrition Education program, which provides schools with free nutrition education and related activities, and the School Market program, in which students create and operate healthy food markets in their schools.
- $15,000 to the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger for the expansion of its Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign, providing screening and/or application assistance to at least 4,000 low-income Philadelphians.
- $15,000 to the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) to provide more than 4,800 home-delivered meals with nutrition assessments, education and counseling to help seriously ill people become nutritionally sound and take charge of their own nutritional needs.
- $10,000 to North Light Community Center for operating its year-round Emergency Food Services program.
- $10,000 to Urban Tree Connection for the Growing Healthy Initiative, which aims to increase access to affordable, nutritious foods through community urban farming.
Elderly and Seniors
- $10,000 to Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly for services to frail and physically limited elders at risk of becoming isolated or neglected.
- $9,000 to Aid for Friends for delivery of free meals and regular visits by volunteers for isolated elderly in Philadelphia.
- $12,500 for the Homeless Advocacy Project to provide legal services to the homeless and to connect them with other social services.
- $10,000 to Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Pennsylvania for the St. Barnabas Mission shelter for women and families.
Community Development and Housing
- $20,000 to Face to Face for its community programs in Germantown, including the health and legal center, children’s programs and summer camp, art program and dining room, serving 5,000 people each year.
- $18,000 to the Women’s Community Revitalization Program to provide tenants in their affordable rental developments with support services such as crisis intervention, counseling, conflict resolution and referrals to social service programs.
- $12,000 to Diversified Community Services for Dixon House, a 75-year-old settlement house and community center in the heart of South Philadelphia.
- $10,000 to Mt. Airy, USA for its Housing Counseling Program, which provides counseling services to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers and distressed homeowners.
- $10,000 to Resources for Human Development for Endow-A-Home, a program that uses home ownership to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness for women who head households.
- $15,000 to the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, to support Red Cross House, a facility that helps impoverished disaster victims quickly get back on their feet.
- $15,000 to Philadelphia Cares for Neighbors in Action, a program that forges neighborhood partnerships to create healthier, more vibrant communities.
- $10,000 to the Maternity Care Coalition for the MOMobile, which provides case management and family support services to pregnant women, new parents, infants and their families in low-income Greater Philadelphia communities.
- $5,000 to Women Against Abuse for the Emergency Residential Services for victims of domestic violence.
- $5,000 to LIFT, Inc., for Expanding Opportunities for Philadelphia Residents in Need where volunteers help clients obtain access to income, housing, health care and education.
- $9,000 to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Delaware Valley Chapter, for early-stage dementia interventions and support groups.
- $7,500 to Action Aids for Case Management Services for Philadelphians with HIV/AIDS, including services for women and families, youth and elderly, and ex-offenders leaving the prison system.
- $7,500 to Prevention Point Philadelphia for expanding the Street-Side Health Project mobile clinic to West Philadelphia, providing 600 new clients with primary health care.
- $7,500 to Pegasus Riding Academy for its therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services, and workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded more than $2.1 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2010. Since 1999, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $24 million to Philadelphia-area nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $153 billion as of September 30, 2011. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.