Episcopal Impact Fund announces the first grants under our new Community Grants program to five outstanding Bay Area organizations. These grantees were chosen for their mission of addressing poverty, in alignment with Episcopal Impact Fund’s Ecosystem for Change, their commitment to impact and their diverse leader
Our 2019 Community Grant recipients are:
Center for Empowering Immigrants and Refugees (CERI) Episcopal Impact Fund 's grant will support CERI’s expanding programs for young mothers and transition age youth.
The Young Mothers Program addresses the complex needs of young parents from highly traumatized and isolated refugee and immigrant families. It offers case management, therapy, a support group, play groups, nature programming, and educational workshops.
The Youth Leadership Program offers a safe space for teens and transition-age youth who live in low-income neighborhoods and are at risk for gang involvement, school dropout, substance abuse, and sex trafficking. Youth develop community organizing skills, explore mental health and personal wellness issues, and set education and career goals.
The Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School Timothy Murphy a State of California , non-public, not-for-profit special education school for boys. The students have emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges which cannot be met in traditional school settings. The Godmothers provide enrichment, mentorship and a loving presence to these boys who have little or no family support. A one-time challenge grant from will help them acquire a van to provide reliable transportation to enrichment activities.
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center The Good Samaritan Family Resource Center’s mission is to help vulnerable families access needed services, develop self-sufficiency, and participate fully as members of the San Francisco community. Episcopal Impact Fund will fund the Vision Academy and Beacon programs, after-school programs serving at-risk youth and focused on academics and social-emotional enrichment and well-being.
Homeless Prenatal Program Homeless Prenatal Program partners with pregnant women and families to break the cycle of childhood poverty. By combining critical prenatal education and parenting classes to an at-risk population, HPP increases healthy birth outcomes, promotes maternal and infant health and well-being, improves strong parent-child bonding, and teaches effective parenting skills.
Oakland Elizabeth House Oakland Elizabeth House provides mothers and children with supportive housing and offers a variety of critical services to help them on the road to self-sufficiency, including housing, mental health counseling, education and employment services and health and wellness education. Episcopal Impact Fund will invest in Oakland Elizabeth House to improve their internal systems and enable them to better reach their community, donors, and supporters.
“Episcopal Impact Fund is proud to support these organizations as their innovative work provides hope and inspiration within their communities,” said Episcopal Impact Fund Executive Director Kathleen Piraino. “We are deeply grateful for their work.” Established in 1978, supports organizations that address the root causes of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area, both financially and through mentorship and guidance. Inspired by the teachings of the Gospel, we share a vision of a world without poverty.