Episcopal Impact Fund is proud to support the life-changing work of nonprofits and congregations in every part of the Bay Area. Since 2019, we have focused particularly on disrupting the cycle of inter-generational poverty—the kind of poverty that keeps children from escaping the circumstances they are born into and securing a better future. We believe that no child’s zip code should determine their future.
In 2021, we focused our new granting on housing. We know from our grantee partners and from current social services research that a “housing first” approach is essential if families are to address barriers to escaping of poverty. This work takes many forms. Some organizations such as St Vincent de Paul in Marin or Rebuilding Together focus on keeping families on the margins in their current homes through strategic interventions. Others such as Sister 2 Sister and Hope & Hope provide supportive housing—temporary or permanent—to keep families from homelessness and give them the space and tools to overcome poverty. Our new grantees this year work with different communities that are especially at risk—the reentry population, youth exiting foster care and women escaping domestic violence. We are honored to support their work.
B.O.S.S. serves justice-involved individuals, preparing them to successfully reintegrate into the community. Episcopal Impact Fund’s grant will provide housing and other assistance to parents exiting incarceration to help them reunite with their families and transition into stable housing.
FESCO serves families experiencing homelessness by providing safe, stable temporary housing and supporting families’ transition to permanent housing through job training, childcare and other necessary services.
First Place for Youth moves Contra Costa County foster youth, ages 18–24, from homelessness and unstable living conditions into safe, fully subsidized transitional housing and helps them build the foundation for self-sufficiency through intensive case management and individualized education and employment support.
Home & Hope provides the safe haven of temporary housing for San Mateo county families facing homelessness while developing a customized, pragmatic plan of action to help them secure long-term housing and regain self-sufficiency.
Hope Solutions (formerly Contra Costa Interfaith Housing)
Hope Solutions launched the first program in Contra Costa County aimed at rapidly rehousing homeless transition age youth (18-24). Hope Solutions provides wrap-around services in conjunction with temporary housing with the goal of youth exiting to permanent housing when they achieve sufficient income and stability.
ORS opened its first home for perinatal women in recovery and their children. This home provides structure, support and community to women to build sober living skills and succeed in the community.
Rebuilding Together San Francisco preserves affordable homeownership and promotes safe housing by responding to the repair needs of low-income families and homeowners. Their work builds community resiliency and economic stability for neighbors at risk of displacement, preserves affordable housing, and ensures advocacy, support, security and safety of its neighbors.
St Vincent de Paul is the only homeless prevention program in Marin, providing targeted, timely assistance to families living on the margins, including temporary rental assistance, budget planning and direct aid, to prevent evictions.
Sister to Sister 2 helps women and children who are survivors of addiction, violence, homelessness, and incarceration.by providing temporary housing and intensive services to help them heal, achieve their dreams and live with purpose.
As part of its 100 Homes for 100 Youth Initiative, Youth Spirit Artworks has created a Tiny House Village in Oakland for homeless youth of Berkeley and Oakland. This temporary housing includes wrap-around services to enable residents to exit to stable permanent housing.
Youth Support Grants
Episcopal Impact Fund continues to fund these innovative programs that intervene in lives of young people growing up in poverty to help them secure a better future:
AHC empowers young people to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity, and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities.
Bayshore Christian Ministries works to break the cycle of poverty in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park by providing after-school and summer program to support the academic, social, and physical development of youth and to help them develop their full potential in a caring and safe structured environment.
Family Connections is a resource center for low income, immigrant working families serving the needs of every generation. with resources and services from early childhood education to family support groups. Over the past year, Family Connections pivoted to also meet the basic needs of families devastated by the pandemic.
Rise provides transformative urban education to low income, first-to-college scholars, primarily in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Rise prepares students for 4-year universities In order to help them escape poverty and secure a better future.
The Village Project brings together resources and programs to enhance the economic, educational, social, and cultural well-being of children living in the housing projects of the Fillmore/Western Addition in San Francisco.
2020 Congregational Grants
In 2020, we donated to every Diocese of California congregation’s discretionary fund as a grass roots and efficient way of getting help to those who needed it most during the pandemic. Our congregations are embedded in their communities and neighbors turn to them for help as a last resort. Our grants helped congregations respond with generosity and compassion. To learn more about our 2020 Congregational and other rapid response granting, please visit our rapid response funding page.
Grant to the Mission/Bernal CPMC (formerly St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital)
Episcopal Impact Fund is the founding funder of programs at the Mission/Bernal hospital that bring perinatal and pediatric mental health services free of charge to underserved people living in the outer Mission District of San Francisco. This program provides a vital resource for the health and well-being of new mothers and children and ensures that children get the best possible start in life.
Episcopal Impact Fund supports other operations of this safety net hospital, including women’s inpatient care, the newborn nursery and nurse training.
Social Ministry Grants
Using the power of art, creativity, and community to enrich the journey of aging.
Bolstering connections between children and their incarcerated parents during the pandemic by sending children’s books and cards from the parents in jail to their children.
Providing all levels of care for those seeking lasting relief from addiction.
Providing spiritual care and emotional support to some of the most marginalized residents of San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital.