Another Season of Outreach grants
Outreach grants totaling $33,000 have been funded for 2018 thanks to the incredible leadership of the Charity Golf tournament team and all who participated in this annual fundraising event. Following a grant review process and Vestry approval, listed below is a description of the ministries who will receive funds from the 2017 Charity Golf Tournament.
School Clothes for Kids - $2,000
Bob Groom, Ministry Lead
This ministry is only a few years old, but is a great partnership with other charities. All grant funds receive 100% matching funds from Baptist Hospital Health System Legacy Foundation. St. Anthony funds are placed with the Legacy Con-nection, a 501 (c) 3 and matched to collaborate with the Assistance League of Phoenix and the AZ Diamondbacks to coordinate a mobile bus (closet). This mobile closet will be equipped with school clothing, shoes and other items needed for children in Title 1 schools. Forty-five children were clothed last year. NFN, also donated knitted hats for those children.This grant has matching funds which is unique to our Pastoral ministries.
Kids' Kare Ministry - $3,700
Grant Gilfeather and Mark Close, Ministry Leads
Funding is for two cleft palate surgeries for children being assisted through St. Andrews Clinic in Nogales, AZ. Cleft lip/palate surgery is a high need in this clinic which services children from Mexico. Once a child has received recon-structive surgery to restore the palate and lip, the child needs to learn to masticate, swallow and speak. It is an extensive process that can take years. In addition to funding for surgery, five iPad 4s will be purchased for five voice-impaired children.The iPads are equipped to be used to enhance post-op cleft lip/palate patients. Soft-ware for the IPads also received funding. This ministry makes a physical, emotional, psycho-logical and spiritual impact on the child and the family.
Healthy Packs - $2,800
Grant Gilfeather, Ministry Lead
We don't think that children in Scottsdale or elsewhere in the Valley of the Sun are hungry or lack adequate nutrition, but that is far from the truth. Children in need are identified in Scottsdale by teachers and social workers at their school. Weekend food for these children is placed in their backpacks in a way that is concealed from other children, reducing any targeting of the children by others. Without the food placed in backpacks these Title 1 children might have minimal nutrition all weekend. Seven schools participate in this program.
Men of St. Anthony (MOSA) - $1,500
Bob Clarke and Dave Johnson, Ministry Leads
The St. Anthony MOSA group saw a need to make fully functional a bike repair shop at the East Valley Men's Center approximately seven years ago. The building was there, but there was no equipment, bike stands or supplies. MOSA took on transforming the site to a fully functioning facility with trained residents helping others repair the bikes that they use to go to and from their jobs while they live in the shelter. Continued grant support funds tires/tubes and equipment for the bike shop. All residents of the shelter use the shop.
In addition to the shop, the funds will be used to underwrite the costs of the meat purchased for the monthly dinners prepared and served at the East Valley Men's Center. Other ministries, beyond MOSA, may request reimbursement for meat purchased for a meal.
Haiti- $8200 granted
Jeanne Paige, Cyndi Sax and Jon Thom, Ministry Leads
The needs in Haiti have been a priority of St. Anthony for multiple years. Funds will be used to purchase materials and the cost of labor for one of two possible projects. The first is to grade and pave a secured fenced area for the children in the secondary school or to make the administrative building safe and functional. A mission trip of six parishioners will be going to Haiti in July to participate in the activities.
Dream Center Hope Wing/RISE Program - $6,000
Malcolm Hilcove, Ministry Lead
$3,000 of the request will be used, as it has in previous years, to fund women in the Hope Wing helping them to attend school and reinvent their lives after having been involved in sex trafficking. The remaining $3,000 will be used to assist the RISE program at the Dream Center, a program that assists youth 18-27 who have aged out of foster care but have absolutely no support system or life skills. The funds would be used to renovate old “suites” rooms to accommodate three people/room providing individual space for each.
Needlecrafts for Needs - $1,800
Jean Sullens and Claudia Johnson, Ministry Leads
The NFN group has minimal funds but plans to spend at least $2,000 on all the current projects
and others that NFN has been asked to participate in. This ministry interacts with other St. Anthony outreach ministries, i.e., Habitat for Humanity, Dream Center, Golf tournament, Clothing for School Kids,and the Nogales Kids' Klinic providing blankets, lap robes and hats. In addition, multiple outside agencies benefit from NFN projects. The San Carlos Apache Reser-vation is a new recipient of this ministry. This ministry is constantly looking for ways to grow. The funds would be used to purchase supplies, yarn, material and thread.
Habitat for Humanity - $6,000
Jon Thom, Ministry Lead
The Episcopal Coalition relies on individual church support for both funds to sponsor the building of the homes as well as volunteer labor from members. Current plans for 2018 include the building of two local homes. A typical Habitat home costs $95,000 to build/rehab. St. Anthony is a founding member of the Episcopal Coalition since 1998 and has been an active member since. There are dozens of St. Anthony members who have participated in these builds, with two members who are Habitat Team leaders.
Sunshine Acres - $1,000
Suzette Woods, Ministry Lead
This is a new ministry and grant request to support the work of Sunshine Acres and St. Anthony youth and children's ministry. The grant will fund activities with our youth and the children of Sunshine Acres.