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Episcopal Impact Fund serves organizations that address the root causes of poverty in the Bay Area.
We prioritize funding organizations that provide temporary, transitional, or permanent supportive housing for families, youth, or young adults. Together we hope to build a world without poverty, where all members of our community are safe, housed, and prospering.
With our Community Grants, we emphasize supporting organizations that provide housing to the most vulnerable members of our community.
Our grantees work to provide temporary, transitional, or permanent supportive housing to local communities that are especially at risk—families experiencing homelessness, youth exiting foster care, and women escaping domestic violence.
We are grateful to partner with organizations such as Ariel Outreach Mission and Global Communication, Education and Art that provide culturally centered, stabilizing transitional housing to women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence or who may be experiencing homelessness. Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, western Contra Costa County’s largest community-supported family homeless shelter, and WeHOPE, who offers hope and shelter in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, are responding to the critical homelessness crisis with committed case managers and services that ensure clients are best prepared to thrive. 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic emphasizes an evidence-based Housing First model and serves young adults and foster youth by providing food, shelter, and placement in permanent housing.
Partnering with the City of San Francisco to operate the Lower Polk TAY (transition age youth) Navigation Center, providing shelter, meals and case management to youth and young adults. Additional services include a medical clinic, youth development programs and educational support.
Providing temporary housing and support services to women and their children in crisis, as well as other grassroots support services for very low-income residents of East Oakland and the East Bay.
Working with youth exiting foster care, providing housing, coaching and other services to empower youth to achieve successful and independent adult lives.
Helping immigrants from Africa with housing support services, legal assistance, employment help, and other support services through a community-based model.
Providing the only shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Western Contra Costa County. Services include case management, housing navigation, and youth programs.
Providing temporary housing to women experiencing violence, addiction, and homelessness and their children.
Providing cooperative supportive housing and services to women with children while helping them transition to independent living.
Providing family-centered shelter to low-income families and those experiencing homelessness to help them achieve stability and independence.
Supporting people to become healthy, employed, and housed using innovative solutions, including a low-barrier 24/7 shelter with case management services, transitional and permanent housing, as well as mobile homeless services.
Partnering with congregations in Contra Costa County to provide families with shelter and meals in indoor tents 38 weeks per year.
With our Congregational Grants, we support the outreach work of Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of California. Our churches are at work throughout the Bay Area, serving different communities that are especially at risk— people who are food insecure or experiencing homelessness, the reentry population, women escaping domestic violence, asylum seekers, as well as organizations providing vital services to children and youth that help break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
All Saints Episcopal Church operates a robust twice-monthly food pantry that distributes three large bags of groceries per household to local neighbors. Each food pantry is currently frequented by nearly 400 households per month.
Christ Episcopal Church, Alameda – Winter Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness
The seasonal warming shelter at Christ Church Alameda provides shelter, showers, toiletries, meals, and a network of support to individuals experiencing homelessness in Alameda.
Christ Church Portola Valley & Woodside provides linens and other household supplies to residents of the LifeMoves Family Shelter program, in an ongoing effort to support families experiencing poverty in their community.
Christ Church Sausalito provides substantial homemade meals to 25-30 food insecure and isolated seniors weekly in the Sausalito/Marin City area.
El Buen Pastor, Belmont – Dental Micro-grant Program
El Buen Pastor’s new Dental Micro-grant Program provides access to emergency dental services for people on the Peninsula, particularly in Redwood City and East Palo Alto.
The mission of The Street Chaplaincy is to bring compassionate spiritual care to unsheltered people in Marin and to build and strengthen a community that includes housed and unhoused people. With their Chaplain and volunteers from faith communities, the chaplaincy visits homeless persons where they are; supports them in finding financial assistance, housing, and medical care; and provides 70-80 hot meals at their weekly Wellness Gathering.
The Community Preschool provides high-quality early childhood education, with a focus on building an intentionally socio-economically diverse student population.
Holy Child supports approximately 50 households experiencing food insecurity and poverty per food bank by providing healthy, fresh delicious groceries and meals in collaboration with local Lucky and Trader Joe’s supermarkets.
For over 20 years, Holy Family Episcopal Church in Half Moon Bay, with the support of numerous civic and faith groups together with local social service agencies, has led a community school backpack drive. Annually, the program servers over 450 low-income children, particularly the children of local migrant farm worker families, who receive a new backpack and a tote filled with grade-appropriate school supplies.
St. Aidan's is expanding its "Soup Saturdays" program to fill a three-day gap of unmet need for meals in their community. These nourishing meals not only provide much needed sustenance but also fellowship as housed congregants sit down together with their low-income and unhoused neighbors.
Through Laundry Love, a program that provides free laundry services for those who cannot usually afford to wash their clothes, St. Bartholomew's and St. Clare's team up to provide payment for laundry services as well as fellowship for those who attend in Livermore.
St. Mark's congregation provides a hot meal to those in need in our community on the third Saturday of every month. Volunteers also provide bag lunches. During the winter holidays special extras such as socks and gloves are donated by St. Mark's Church parishioners and distributed.
St. Mark’s collaborates with Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy to support trauma-informed chaplaincy services to incarcerated people in Santa Clara County. The program supports incarcerated individuals, the vast majority of whom are from poverty, in using writing to explore their memories, lives and dreams, offers spiritual support and volunteer interaction to promote healing and restoration.
Clare's Fare Community Garden raises fresh, organic produce for those in need in their community. Founded in 2020, the garden is a joint mission between volunteer gardeners from the community and St. Clare’s. More than 5,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables have been raised and distributed throughout Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville.
St. Francis Free Food Pantry was founded during the pandemic, in response to the increased need in the local community. It supports a neighborhood where more than 20% of residents live at or below the poverty line—people who are homeless, unemployed, underemployed, single parents, low-income families and seniors with real faces, real stories, and real needs.
Founded in 2000, The Food Pantry at St. Gregory provides free, healthy groceries for up to 600 hungry families every Saturday. St. Gregory's is proud to host the Pantry right around the altar in their church building.
The Gubbio Project, fully located at St John the Evangelist, provides sacred sleep for unhoused people in need of safe, compassionate respite during the day. The Impact Fund grant will allow the church to renovate the kitchen for by The Gubbio Project.
St. John’s VISION (Volunteers in Support of Oakland’s Needs) provides basic needs (food, clothing, shoes, blankets) to the homeless in Alameda County. Fifty VISION volunteers provide scheduling, purchasing, food preparation and transportation.
St. John’s Church makes and delivers up to 150 nutritious meals a month for low-income and unhoused people in Marin County through its partnership with St. Vincent’s DePaul Society of Marin.
St. Mary’s helps people secure the housing, financial, legal, and support resources they need to live independent lives of dignity while securing legal protection and eventually asylum in the United States.
St. Stephen’s Church makes and delivers over 100 nutritious meals a week for low-income and unhoused people in Marin County though its relationship with St. Vincent’s DePaul Society of Marin.
Trinity + St. Peter’s onsite food distribution program is upgrading kitchen infrastructure to support the growing need in its community.
Grant to the Mission/Bernal CPMC (formerly St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital)
Episcopal Impact Fund is the founder and lead funder of two innovative 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. These programs provide 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.
The Perinatal Mental Healthcare Program provides critical psychiatric and psychological care to pregnant women and new mothers free of charge. By embedding this program within existing labor and delivery services, we ensure that women receive the care they need in a familiar and trusted setting.
The Pediatric Mental Healthcare Program brings onsite, outpatient mental health care resources to low-income children and their families. Our grant enables these services to be offered free of charge to all patients.
Social Ministry Grants
Using the power of art, creativity, and community to enrich the journey of aging.
Housing stabilization program for adults exiting the criminal justice system who are on parole or participating in the Post-Release Community Supervision Program.
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.
By supporting organizations that influence the policies affecting children, youth, and families, we impact the systemic inequalities that fuel poverty in the Bay Area. In 2022, Episcopal Impact Fund initiated grants to organizations that are working and speaking up on behalf of our neighbors living in poverty.
California Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) raises awareness of the need for Court Appointed Special Advocates across our state and provides support, advice, resources, and oversight to maintain high-quality programs that serve children’s best interests. CASA advocates for legislation that benefits children in foster care.
Parent Voices Oakland (PVO) is a parent-led grassroots organization that advocates for affordable, accessible, quality childcare. PVO organizes and empowers families with the highest need to build effective campaigns toward economic and educational justice.
Episcopal Impact Fund Sunday Grants
Building communities with underserved individuals and families, where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and domestic violence.
Providing a trusted gathering place and creatively offer as many elements of home as possible for our neighbors on the margins.
Providing solutions to homelessness and advocacy in Marin County with services designed to end homelessness for every person served, whatever their circumstances.
Insight Housing (formerly Berkeley Food & Housing Project)
Providing emergency food and shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing with support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Strengthening their community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives.
Removing barriers to stable housing through compassionate services, education, shelter, and advocacy.
The Say Yes! Fund
The needs of nonprofits do not always align with granting cycles or fall within restricted categories – emergencies occur, funding runs low, life happens. With this fund, we honor the legacy of retired Executive Director Kathleen Piraino, who was known among our staff and grantees as someone who found a way to "Say Yes!" when other avenues had failed.
With the "Say Yes!" Fund grant, The Gubbio Project was able to extend hours and expand services for their guests experiencing homelessness during cold weather periods at the beginning of 2023. By extending their hours, they were able to eliminate a gap in service between the time they closed and the evening winter shelters opened. The continuum of service during cold and wet weather keeps a potentially hazardous situation under control by providing a warm, safe space, which is vital for health and well-being. In addition to funding increased staff time, the grant covered heating costs, and supplies, including blankets and extra cots.
The Impact Fund deeply believes in the importance of winter shelters as a lifesaving measure in counties like ours where people are unsheltered during the winter. People sleeping outside are at great risk of hypothermia, particularly on very cold nights like these – with the risk increasing amongst populations of older adults experiencing chronic homelessness.
Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB), Christ Episcopal Church Alameda, and the City of Alameda partner to provide 'The Winter Warming Shelter' for Alameda's unhoused community on the Christ Church grounds.
With the "Say Yes!" Fund Grant, HCEB was able to increase staffing to support the surge in need during our cold and wet weather this past winter. Their knowledge and expertise in supporting the needs of unhoused individuals is essential to the success of the program.
In February of this year, True Sunshine Episcopal Church, a congregation in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood with a high percentage of older parishioners, found a group of seniors as well as their pastor, The Rev. Merry Chan Ong, stuck in the elevator that serves their congregation and community. Not only was the experience harrowing but the failure of the elevator meant access for those less able was eliminated. The elevator allows access not only to the church but also to programs that serve the parish and larger community.
With the "Say Yes!" Fund grant, and additional funding from other sources facilitated by the Impact Fund, True Sunshine will be able to return the elevator to operability. Getting seniors back taking advantage of programs and attending services will allow True Sunshine to support and build community in their Chinatown neighborhood.
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