Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Awards $77,500 in Grants

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 21 Caritas grants, totaling $77,500, to nonprofit and faith-based organizations meeting the basic needs of the underserved in South Carolina.

Caritas grants are for organizations providing outreach services to the poor and marginalized. They are one-year grants designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000.

“The demand for food, clothing, shelter, free health programs and other basic needs continue to increase,” said Mike McCabe, board chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. “We hope these grants will make a small impact and benefit the people these organizations operate to serve.”

Caritas grants are up to $5,000, and are awarded twice a year. Organizations wishing to apply for funding should visit the Foundation’s Web site,, for information on the application process. The next Caritas grant application deadline is October 2, 2012.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

May 2012 Caritas Grants

Clarendon County Community Development Corporation – ($5,000) Funds for a community clothing and utility assistance program. (Clarendon)

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina – ($2,500) Provides food-filled backpacks to students identified as food insecure, and a food pantry for the hungry. (Charleston)

Community Kitchen Inc. of Myrtle Beach – ($4,000) Serves daily meals to the hungry year-round. (Horry)

DAV & Elderly Assistants for Life – ($5,000) Meets transportation needs of the elderly and disabled poor. (Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley)

Extended Hands of Gods Servants Ministry – ($2,000) Funds for a food pantry. (Greenville)

Family Promise of York County – ($5,000) Provides shelter, meals and support services to homeless families with children. (York, Chester)

Felician Center – ($5,000) Provides help to seniors with dental care, eye care and prescription assistance, as well as a community food pantry. (Williamsburg)

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic – ($5,000) Health care services for low-income, uninsured adults. (Beaufort)

Good Samaritan Clinic – ($5,000) Dental services for the poor. (Lexington, Richland)

Hands of Christ – ($3,000) Provides clothing and school supplies to needy children. (Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Williamsburg)

Helping Hands of Goose Creek – ($4,000) An emergency food program serving families and individuals in crisis. (Berkeley, Charleston)

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – ($5,000) A shelter for female victims of domestic violence. (South Carolina, Clarendon, Sumter, Florence, Lee, Dorchester)

Mercy In Me Free Medical Clinic – ($5,000) Provides primary medical care to the uninsured. (Chesterfield)

Operation Home – ($2,500) Funds for accessible ramps and home modifications for elderly or disabled clients. (Berkeley)

Restoration Outreach and Community Development Corporation – ($2,500) Provides hot meals to homebound seniors, a soup kitchen, food pantry and GED assistance. (Newberry, Union)

Society of St Vincent de Paul, Deacon Thomas J. Berney Conference – ($2,500) Rent and utility assistance for those in need. (Beaufort, Jasper)

St. Christopher’s Children – ($2,500) Funds to provide clothing to disadvantaged children. (Georgetown)

St. James South Santee Community Center – ($2,500) An emergency food and utility program. (Charleston)

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church – ($3,000) Funds to provide food, clothing, blankets and personal hygiene items to those in need. (Florence)

The Lighthouse Ministries – ($5,000) Provides emergency financial assistance with rent payments. (Florence)

United Christian Ministries of Abbeville County – ($1,500) Funds for a crisis ministry and food pantry for the needy. (Abbeville)