Published February 19, 2015
ATLANTA—The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia has announced the award and distribution of 37 general awards for the 2014 fall grant cycle.
Nancy Coveny, executive director of the Catholic Foundation, said 48 grant applications in need of $547,334 were received for the grant cycle just past. For these requests, $102,500 was available for distribution. These grants will provide support to a variety of causes throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
A Beacon of Hope, Johns Creek: $4,000 from the Community Service Fund to help educate youth through a prevention initiative promoting positive life choices and abstinence.
Action Ministries, Inc., Atlanta: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to support the children’s after school program for children of women served in the Women’s Community Kitchen and Bedford Pines low-income housing community.
Archdiocese of Atlanta, Disabilities Ministry, Smyrna: $2,000 from the General Fund to cover costs associated with providing a conference for Catholic parents of children with disabilities.
Archdiocese of Atlanta, Justice & Peace Ministries, Smyrna: $3,000 from the Goizueta Fund to help build an online component to the Social Justice Ministry Leadership Certification Program.
Atlanta Pregnancy Resource Center, Tucker: $2,000 from the General Fund to provide the Fatherhood Program with training materials and roll-out to help reduce early onset sexual activity, intimate partner violence and abortion coercion.
Bright Futures Atlanta, Atlanta: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to educate, mentor and prepare at-risk youth who live in the Bankhead community to increase the high school graduation rates and enhance success in college, career and life.
Camp Southern Ground, Peachtree City: $2,500 from the Goizueta Fund to establish an organic garden at the new camp being created by Zac Brown for children ages 7-17 with both typical and special needs, especially Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome and autism spectrum disorders, as well as learning differences such as ADD/ADHD and dyslexia.
Caring House, Inc., Griffin: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to hire a part-time public relations staff member to work in the community to increase the visibility of the organization and solicit support for the program in order to serve more women and prevent abortions.
Catholic Center at Georgia Tech, Atlanta: $2,000 from the Goizueta Fund to purchase 300 new hymnals.
Catholic Charities Atlanta, Smyrna: $5,000 from the Community Service Fund to support the Parent Talk Program, an in-home parenting education program that serves low income families at risk for child abuse and maltreatment.
Community Friendship, Inc., Atlanta: $2,000 from the General Fund to help provide assistance for homeless men and women with mental illnesses while transitioning from the street to a more permanent housing situation.
Corpus Christi Church, Little Ones Preschool, Stone Mountain: $3,000 from the Goizueta Fund to provide critically needed financial assistance for many international and minority students who cannot enroll in the full day preschool because they can’t meet tuition/fees.
Crossroads Community Ministries, Inc., Atlanta: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to provide operational funding for housing solutions for women and children in downtown Atlanta.
Archdiocese of Atlanta, Eucharistic Congress, Smyrna: $5,000 from the General Fund to sponsor the Eucharistic Congress in 2015. An additional $5,000 is also provided from the Catholic Foundation to bring the total sponsorship to $10,000.
Family Promise of Cobb County, Inc., Marietta: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to help provide salaries for staff, Internet and other program expenses related to the supportive housing program in Cobb County served by member congregations.
Family Promise of New Rock, Inc., Conyers: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to provide for ongoing operations to help homeless families, particularly in the areas of family education and life skills training.
Holy Redeemer School, Johns Creek: $3,000 from the Goizueta Fund to install an electronic door access control system to the school building to lock down certain areas to comply with stricter safety guidelines.
Homestretch/Housing Initiative of North Fulton, Inc., Roswell: $1,500 from the General Fund to provide for general operating funds to support the Homestretch transitional housing program and to provide services to homeless working families while in the program.
Jerusalem House, Inc., Atlanta: $1,000 from the Community Service Fund to help cover the cost for annual general operating expenses across four outreach programs that serve homeless or low-income individuals, families and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Lifespan Resources, Inc., Atlanta: $3,000 from the Care for Elderly Fund to continue to provide the Medical Escort Transportation service, which provides transportation to medical appointments and expand operations so that a greater number of people can be served. Funding will also be used to help provide support for one staff employee to oversee and coordinate the program.
Lyke House Catholic Center, Atlanta: $3,000 from the Goizueta Fund to support the Atlanta Tolton Ambassadors to help raise awareness about the Father Augustus Tolton cause for canonization and to make the Tolton story a standard part of catechesis for youth and adult leaders.
Living Room, Inc., Atlanta: $2,500 from the Community Service Fund to provide funds to the Living Room’s Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which provides critically needed housing support services for those members of the community who are living with HIV/AIDS and at risk for homelessness.
New Hope Enterprises, Inc., Atlanta: $2,000 from the Community Service Fund to provide training to low-income people so they are better prepared to meet basic employment qualifications.
Our House, Inc., Decatur: $2,500 from the Community Service Fund to provide operating support for the CDA job training program in fiscal year 2015 for parents of homeless children served in the daycare program.
P.A.T.H, INC., Chamblee: $2,500 from the General Fund to help fund an intern and to help expand Bible studies to individuals living south of the airport and provide other services which will educate the community about post-abortion trauma and healing.
Project Open Hand Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta: $2,500 from the Care for Elderly Fund to ensure that clients have access to nutritionally balanced meals and the knowledge necessary to make informed food choices for health and well being.
Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Washington: $5,000 from the Goizueta Fund to support construction expenses to restore the historic church structure.
Rachel’s Gift, Inc., McDonough: $1,500 from the General Fund to offset some of the costs necessary to provide timely comfort and supportive care for families who have lost an infant who was born still or passed away shortly after birth. To provide training for volunteers and hospital staff in the proper care of the deceased infant, helping the parents bond and have closure, and creating lasting memories of their infant.
Sheltering Grace Ministry, Marietta: $3,000 from the Goizueta Fund to purchase cribs and bunk beds for a new 15-bedroom facility in East Point to serve homeless pregnant women and their children.
Step by Step Recovery, Inc., Lawrenceville: $5,000 from the Goizueta Fund to help pay rent for homeless and chemically addicted men and women in transition through the program.
St. Anna Church, Monroe: $2,000 from the General Fund to purchase a desk, computer and a screen for a new information center at the parish.
St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Dahlonega: $1,000 from the General Fund to support the youth group’s service trip to Charleston, South Carolina, with Catholic Heart Work Camp.
St. Michael Church, Gainesville: $4,000 from the Goizueta Fund to purchase 400 new Spanish hymnals for the parish and satellite pastoral center.
St. Peter Claver Regional School, Decatur: $10,000 from the Goizueta Fund to add additional SMART boards to classrooms at the school; also, to help fund teacher scholarships to the Teacher College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute.
St. Pius X High School, Atlanta: $5,000 from the Goizueta Fund to partially fund a strategic planning process to address physical space needs in the master campus plan and to plan for staffing.
The Extension, Marietta: $2,000 from the Community Services Fund to be used for general operating support of the residential recovery program for homeless men and women who are chemically dependent.
Youthspark, Inc., Atlanta: $2,000 from the Community Services Fund to end sex trafficking through an early intervention program for young girls designed to help build critically needed leadership and other educational skills.
The following grants, one from each deanery, were issued from the Parish Enrichment Grants fall 2014 program and approved by the pastors advisory council from the General Fund:
St. Paul of the Cross Church, Atlanta: $1,000 to purchase supplies, chairs, desks, flip charts, etc., for the parish religious education program.
St. Joseph Church, Athens: $1,000 to help fund several partial scholarships for a “Theology of the Body” online course for adult leaders in the parish.
St. Andrew Church, Roswell: $1,000 to purchase bilingual hymnals for 2015-17 and the corresponding musician materials.
St. Luke the Evangelist Church, Dahlonega: $1,000 to help provide an atmosphere of Catholic fellowship, worship and education for college students at the University of North Georgia, by subsidizing the cost of retreats, materials for book studies and guest speakers.
St. Stephen the Martyr Church, Lilburn: $1,000 to provide partial funding for the cost of the annual summer Life Teen mission week to support the parish youth ministry.
St. Francis of Assisi Church, Cartersville: $1,000 to support the parish’s first mission trip for the youth.
Transfiguration Church, Marietta: $1,000 to help assist Transfiguration Faith and Light members with expenses to attend a Faith and Light conference in Washington, D.C.
St. Peter the Rock Church, The Rock: $1,000 will be used for emergency replacement of the HVAC unit.
Christ our King and Savior Church, Greensboro: $1,000 to purchase necessary A/V equipment for use with the PSR program, students and their families.
St. Peter Church, LaGrange: $1,000 to create a garden area to honor Mary and memorialize loved ones of the parish.