Circles Initiative

It’s official

The Community Services Grant award recommendations reported earlier this week on Inside SCCAP have now received final approval from the Monroe County Council.

SCCAP will receive $4,000 to help create a barrier reduction fund for low-income participants in the Circles Initiative. This fund will be used to help participants who are working to become financially secure to avoid a downward spiral when unexpected problems arise related to transportation, housing, health and other necessities.    

With $95,000 budgeted to support local community service programs, the Community Services Grant committee received 24 applications requesting $284,868 in help.

Listed below are the agencies and programs to be funded, according to The Herald-Times. We deeply appreciate the County Council making these funds available to local organizations.

  • Amethyst House, $6,000, for operational expenses for residential programs
  • Area 10 Agency on Aging, $3,000, for technology upgrades
  • Boys & Girls Club, $5,700, for transportation services
  • Centerstone, $3,000, for wraparound funds to support low-income children and their families
  • Community Kitchen, $10,459, for food and transportation services
  • Girls Inc., $5,000, for transportation services
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank, $5,161, for equipment to increase efficiencies in food distribution
  • Martha’s House, $5,000, toward salaries of case manager and resident advocate for emergency shelter services
  • Monroe County United Ministries, $6,900, for emergency financial assistance for families in need
  • Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, $3,780, for commercial wire shelves for food pantry
  • New Leaf-New Life, $7,000, toward costs for therapeutic jail programs
  • Planned Parenthood, $3,000, for reproductive health care for low-income residents
  • Prosecutor, child support division, $6,000, toward the salary of a noncustodial parent liaison in support and paternity cases
  • South Central Community Action Program, $4,000, for microloans and grants to provide health, security, shelter and transportation help to low-income families
  • Shalom Community Center, $5,000, toward salary of part-time food services coordinator
  • Stepping Stones, $7,000, to expand community center hours and services
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, $9,000, for supplies, extra staff and laundry for an interfaith low barrier emergency winter shelter.

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