Our grants help those in need both in our community and around the world. We are able to make these grants because of the generosity of those who have come before us. The Endowment Board and the Vestry approved 19 grants for 2016 for a total of $88,998. Most of the grant requests come from members of our parish who are actively involved in the charities. We are meeting needs in medical care, housing, education and meal programs. We are reaching out to those less fortunate than ourselves. We are helping near neighbors, charities across the DC area and as far away as Africa, Central America and the Holy Land. In addition, each year a portion is held for emergency requests. This year we gave $10,000 to Episcopal Relief and Development for emergency flood assistance in West Virginia and Louisiana.
Grant applications are normally received in the first quarter of every calendar year. Every grant application is considered carefully. Please see the parish weekly bulletin or the parish newsletter, The All Souls Message or speak to a member of the Endowment Board for more information and specific deadlines and details.
Outreach Grants - 2016
Bishop Walker School ($5,000) – The grant is toward general operating expenses of the school. Bishop Walker School is a tuition free school for low-income boys operated by the Diocese. All Souls has supported the school since it was in the planning stage.
Christ House ($10,000) – The grant is to offset the cost of medical supplies, budgeted at $20,000 in 2016. Christ House is a 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women. It is the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. Parishioners from All Souls volunteer at Christ House, primarily by preparing and serving meals to the residents.
Church of the Epiphany ($2,000) – The grant is to provide 800 meals for the homeless over the course of 4 weeks through Epiphany’s The Welcome Table program. The mission of The Welcome Table is to feed the hungry, build diverse and inclusive community, worship as one, and give and receive the love of Christ. Approximately 200 downtown poor participate in the various aspects of The Welcome Table every Sunday morning.
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village ($5,000) – The grant will underwrite Village memberships for 9 individuals and 2 households, as well as the annual cost of background checks for volunteers. Cleveland & Woodley Park Village assists seniors who need help to remain to live in their homes. Volunteers provide help such as driving to doctor appointments or making simple home repairs. Those receiving the membership help cannot afford to belong without it.
DC Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA) ($1,088) – This grant will provide transportation services for 9 weeks of an 18-week program for 20 clients. DCRCA provides support for people seeking wellness and recovery from the effects of substance use and/or mental health challenges in a safe and affirming environment. Individuals come together in their communities, receive one-to-one peer support, obtain information and life skills helpful to their individual path to wellness and recovery, and make a difference in the lives of others in recovery. A recovery group meets regularly at All Souls.
Jubilee Jobs ($5,910) – This grant will cover placement costs for 6 applicants. Jubilee Jobs is a non-profit workforce development provider in the Greater Washington Region. Jubilee Jobs programs offer hope for jobseekers all over Washington, DC as they strive to overcome often extensive barriers that result from unemployment, learning disabilities, former incarceration, and alcohol/substance abuse. The process begins with initial meetings with job counselors, moves to workshops (interviewing skills, conflict resolution, goal-setting) and ends with the individual obtaining a job.
Kid’s Corner ($1,000) – The grant defrays the cost of scholarships for students from Ward One who live near the church. Kid’s Corner Day Care Center is a bilingual non-profit community organization working to create a safe and rich environment for children. It currently serves children ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years.
Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance ($1,000) – This grant allows Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance to expand to a digital format the successful, innovative “Intergenerational Virtual Bird Walk.”
Samaritan Ministry ($10,000) – This grant will go toward implementation of a shared participant database, support for a family & community caseworker at the Bishop Walker School, hiring an Assistant Program Director, and sustaining the work of the Next Step program. Samaritan Ministry was founded in 1986 by 12 Episcopal churches in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Every year, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people who are homeless or otherwise in need through their innovative Next Step program, which provides housing and employment search guidance, coaching, referrals to partner service providers and more.
Seabury Resources for Aging ($2,000) – This grant funds equipment and supplies for the Age-In-Place program, which provides free yard work and house cleaning to older adults over the age of 60 in wards 4, 5, and 6 of Washington, DC.
Serving All Souls/Martha’s Table ($2,500) – This grant would provide Serving All Souls (All Souls’ outreach committee) with the money to purchase food for Martha’s Table. Martha’s Table addresses emergency needs in the community with food and clothing programs, and works to ensure a bright future for children and families through education and family support services. They reach thousands of people through their food, education, and thrift store programs with significant support from 16,000 volunteers every year.
St. Mary’s Court ($5,000) – The grant supports the food service program at St. Mary’s Court, a residential living facility for seniors 62 years of age or older or individuals with accessibility needs that is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. From time-to-time, a priest from All Souls will lead a worship service at St. Mary’s Court for their residents.
Transitional Housing Corporation ($10,000) – This grant provides salary support and funds program supplies for Transitional Housing’s youth tutoring program. Twice a week, volunteers tutor children a 3 of THC’s apartment buildings for those who have been homeless in the city. Through THC, job training and life skills are taught with the goal of moving residents into independent living. All Souls has furnished some of THC’s apartments and regularly holds backpack drives and collects Christmas gifts for children who live in Transitional Housing apartments.
National and International Grants
Episcopal Relief & Development/Episcopal Church of Cuba ($2,500) – The grant is in support of the Cuban Episcopal Church’s outreach, which functions as a localized version of Heifer International. The program supports sustainable food production, food culture, the rational use of natural resources and alternative sources of energy, ecological animal-raising and the use of eco-friendly technology to protect God’s creation.
Episcopal Relief and Development ($5,000) – For flood relief in West Virginia.
Episcopal Relief and Development ($5,000) – For flood relief in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Heifer International (up to $8,000) – This grant is for up to $8,000 to match funds raised through All Souls’ Lenten fundraiser in support of Heifer International. The goal of the fundraiser is to purchase animals for families through Heifer, which links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
Order of St. John Hospital, Jerusalem ($2,000) – This grant will be used toward the purchase of a Mobile Outreach Van, which will travel across the West Bank bringing eye care to isolated communities. The St. John Eye Hospital located in East Jerusalem is a charity ophthalmic hospital in the Holy Land. It is the only charity eye hospital in the region. “Caring for our lords, the sick and the poor” is the mission of the hospital group.
Trinidad Conservation Project ($6,000) – The grant will support a project to promote family well-being and community health in Santa Barbara, Honduras. The Trinidad Conservation Project (TCP) is a grass-roots community of individuals and churches in the Washington, DC area committed to working with rural farming families in central Honduras to sustainably improve their lives and their environment.
Outreach Grants - 2015
Bishop Walker School ($2,000) – The grant is toward general operating expenses of the school. Bishop Walker School is a tuition free school for low-income boys operated by the Diocese. All Souls has supported the school since it was in the planning stage.
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village ($2,000) – The grant will underwrite Village memberships for 7 individuals and 2 households. This program assists seniors who need help to remain to live in their homes. Volunteers provide help such as driving to doctor appointments or making simple home repairs. Those receiving the membership help cannot afford to belong without it.
DC Recovery Community Alliance ($2,000) – This program helps those in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions. A recovery group meets regularly at All Souls. These funds will be used toward office expenses and to enhance their outreach program to shelters and treatment centers in DC.
Hoops Sagrado ($750) – The grant will be used toward the costs of taking a group of low-income inner city students to Guatemala. The students live in the village homes for Spanish immersion and in return they teach the village children basketball.
Kid’s Corner ($750) – The grant provides tuition assistance for one low-income child to attend the preschool located in Adams Morgan.
St. Mary’s Court ($2,000) – The grant is toward the cost of providing dinner for those residents who do not have enough money to pay for the meal. St. Mary’s Court is a low-income senior housing residence. All Souls has had a long time association with the facility built by Joe Howell. Fr. John conducts services there and we have had and do have members of the church who are residents.
Transitional Housing Corporation ($2,000) – The grant will provide after school tutoring for children who are residents in the Webster Gardens Apt. facility. THC operates several apartment s for those who have been homeless in the city. All Souls has furnished some of the apartments. Job training and life skills are taught with the goal of moving residents into independent living.
National and International Grants
Kwasa Centre ($2,000) – The grant is toward the operating costs for the school in South Africa. The children in the school have lost parents to Aids. We have welcomed the Director of the school to All Souls and the Rector has traveled to South Africa to see the school.
St. John Hospital Jerusalem ($2,200) – This grant will provide two pediatric procedures to restore sight. The St. John Hospital located in East Jerusalem is a charity ophthalmic hospital in the Holy Land. It is the only charity eye hospital in the region. “Caring for our lords, the sick and the poor” is the mission of the hospital group.
Sustainable Harvest International ($1,500) – The grant will go toward the cost of providing grain dryers and irrigation systems to small famers in Honduras. Proper irrigation can double the yield from the farm and help a family achieve self-sufficiency.