2017 Faith & Action Project grantees
- Broadway United Methodist Church: $20,000 grant for a program aimed at improving families’ economic mobility. Modeled after a program created by Families Independence Initiative, the program would build small groups around families, provide families with stipends in return for completing certain activities, and require families to set and pursue three goals that would improve their economic mobility.
- Edna Martin Christian Center, American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis and Eastern Star Church: $25,000 grant to assist families in the 46218 zip code by increasing the number of stable households. Program activities include working to bring more families into homes that are being built or refurbished in the neighborhood, providing education support and mentoring, assisting in employment readiness and acquisition, and ensuring basic needs are met.
- Goodwill’s New Beginnings: $25,000 grant to fund a six-month transitional jobs programs for formerly incarcerated persons. Participants work four days a week at Goodwill Commercial Services or retail outlet locations and spend one day a week in a six-hour class focused on life-skill development and stabilization activities.
- Purposeful Design: $25,000 grant for its program to teach woodworking and job-readiness to men emerging from addiction or homelessness. The grant will help expand and improve its production facility in order to employ more men, as well as launch a new School of Woodworking and Discipleship to train men and youth in woodworking, employment readiness and Godly living.
- School on Wheels: $10,000 grant for a program that helps families recover from the impact of recent homelessness by providing post-shelter education services. Funds will help provide educational assessments after a family moves out of a homeless shelter, school enrollment assistance, school supplies and uniform assistance, transportation assistance, and parent workshops to help parent engage in their child’s education.
- Trinity Episcopal Church: $20,000 grant for Trinity House, which will offer a safe environment for 16-to-21-year-old people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In addition to getting shelter, the youths staying at Trinity House will have access to legal services, life-skills training, assistance with education and job training, and facilitated connections to other community service agencies.