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Wisdom Grant Fund

Historically the Daughters of Wisdom have always focused on major areas of injustice in our nation and worldwide, especially as they impact women, children, the marginalized and the environment. With a long history of ministries in education, healthcare, social justice, environmental conservation, pastoral and spiritual care, the Daughters have gone from the early years of establishing institutions and staffing them to working in unison with dedicated partners, colleagues and collaborators in local or state-wide organizations. 

 

Established in October 2012

In October 2012 the Daughters of Wisdom Mission Grant was established at a Provincial Chapter meeting. Through a vote of the membership it was decided that a yearly fund would be to set aside and granted to applicants for projects that are consistent with the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom. Since then, grants have been awarded to a variety of compatible groups and organizations that provide community services that keep alive and continue the rich legacy of the Daughters' 300 years of mission in the United States and abroad.  Past grants have been awarded to fund a home health care initiative, to educate adolescent girls about human trafficking, to run a parent/child learning program for families experiencing difficult socio-economic situations, to support a day drop-in center that provides a safe place that supports and empowers women, to an organization that works for more just immigration policies, and to seed the development of independent businesses started by women in an effort to work their way out of poverty.

 


Grant Pre-Application Period

Pre-Applications accepted March - May

The Wisdom Grant Fund awards up to $15,000 and allows for two consecutive years of funding for collaborative ministries that are consistent with the objectives of addressing injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially among women and children. The application period begins in March, closes in May, and grants are awarded in the fall by the Provincial Council. To be eligible, applicants must be working in ministry with a Sister or have the endorsement of a Daughter of Wisdom.

 

The pre-application period for 2017 grant proposals is now closed. Good luck to all those who applied!


Daughters of Wisdom Award $86,000 in 2016 Mission Fund Grants

$86,000 will go to six organizations this year through the awarding of the Daughters of Wisdom’s Mission Fund Grants. Three organizations will receive a second year of funding and three others will join them as this year’s recipients.

 

The Mission Fund established in 2012, awards grants up to $15,000 on a yearly basis, and allows for two consecutive years of funding. The fund was established to keep the congregation thriving through funding projects that are consistent with the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom. Such are those that address injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially among women and children.

 

The Haitian Apostolate Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center of Portsmouth, Virginia and the Interfaith Committee for Detained http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image008_000.jpgImmigrants based in Chicago, Illinois, will receive funding for a second year and first year grants will go to L’Arche Long Island, NY,  New Opportunities of Torrington, CT and Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Freeport, NY.

 

It’s the second year of funding for the Haitian Apostolate Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. Grant money will put towards continuing the production of bible videos translated into Creole and English and aired in the US, Canada, Europe and Haiti. The Apostolate reaches out to immigrants and operates a Creole school of Evangelization in Brooklyn, NY. The videos are narrated by Bishop Guy Sansaricq, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and founder of the Haitian Apostolate. Bishop Sansaricq, whose sister is a Daughter of Wisdom in Haiti, was endorsed by the Daughters of Wisdom for a second year of grant money. His videos are provided to TV stations, Catholic high schools and colleges. Bishop Guy Sansaricq and his team have a YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi3LCoGhSjsl1wH5a46FJVQ

 

 

https://www.bsvaf.org/view.image?Id=577It’s also second the year of funding for Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center of Portsmouth, Virginia. The Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center (MFHC) has become a place to bridge the gap between health and healing for residents 18 years of age or older without health insurance and who have income levels less than 200% above the Federal Poverty level. Again this year, MFHC will use grant money to expand their vision services to all patients in order to better manage diseases and prevent vision impairment.  The center sees about 600 patients a month and is the primary care medical group for nearly 4,000 patients. Last year’s grant money was used to target over 100 individuals suffering from diabetes to prevent diabetic retinopathy, a primary cause of blindness in adults.  Patients enrolled received eye exams and eyewear to prevent blindness.  Last year’s program was so successful this year’s goal is to see 118 more patients and supply eye exams and glasses if needed. The clinic also provides transportation for patients.

Sr. Christina Grace Malonzo, DW, who endorsed the program said, “This is a big help to these people who are in the GAP. We are working hard to have Medicaid Expansion for these people, but it has been and still is a very challenging effort. Bless you for your consideration and generosity!” To find out more about Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center, visit www.bsvaf.com

 

Based in Chicago, Illinois the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants will be receiving grant money to be put toward their Post- Detention Accompaniment Network (PDAN) program’s food budget. Funding will support the Marie Joseph Hospitality Houses for men, women, families and Children.  The ICDI works toward providing those experiencing poverty and oppression in an unjust immigration policy providing not only basic material needs but pastoral care and accompaniment in their journey.

 

Endorsed for their work by Sr. Rosemary Connelly, DW, ICDI has five programs addressing the needs of the undocumented including the Broadview Prayer Vigil, Court Watch Jail Visitation, two PDAN programs, and Pastoral Care of unaccompanied minor children. ICDI is privately funded through grants and individual donations. To find out more about ICDI visit www.icdichicago.org

 

L’Arche Long Island is a first time recipient of grant money. Founded in 1964, L’Arch is a faith-based not-for-profit international federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, apartments, programs, and support networks for individuals 18 years and older with disabilities. L’Arche was endorsed by Sr. Laura Algiere, DW, who said, "For close to 20 years, neighborhood families have worked towards developing a live-in L'Arche community here. Their untiring efforts to educate and involve the public, and their dedication to enriching lives through Faith and Light groups inspired me to offer our assistance. L'Arche's mission resonates with our charism as Montfort and Marie Louise first expressed it in ministering at the General Hospital of Poitiers three centuries ago."

The agency will use grant money to support its community Integration, Education and Outreach Initiative to introduce a new L’Arche community residence and social/recreational center in Suffolk County, New York and self-identify with members of the community. Community life and spiritual development are at the heart of the identity of L’Arche. The community center will allow the agency to focus on spiritual development as a community within a larger community and be a place of welcoming new friends to L’Arche. To find out more about L’Arche Long Island, go to http://www.friendsoflarcheli.org/

 

First time grant recipient New Opportunities of Torrington, CT has as its mission is to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged individuals by providing the necessary resources to increase their standard of living, foster self-improvement, and maximize self-empowerment. Endorsing this organization was Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW, who said, “I believe the focus and vision of this organization is consistent with the ministry goals of the Daughters of Wisdom, namely to see Wisdom in those most vulnerable especially people living in poverty and oppression….The support of the Congregation will give impetus to this endeavor to strengthen Latina women and girls in Northwest Connecticut.”

The agency serves Waterbury, Meriden, Torrington and 26 surrounding Connecticut towns, offering a variety of social service programs designed to eliminate poverty and assist people in need. Annually, more than 61,000 individuals benefit from programs offered through New Opportunities. Grant money will be used to support two goals in its Latinas Women Association: to develop a conference for Latina women emphasizing leadership skills, personal development, life skills and financial planning; and to provide weekly mentoring/tutoring programs for young Latina girls in middle and high school offering Hispanic folk dance instruction to support and encourage continuing education To find out more about New Opportunities, go to: http://www.newopportunitiesinc.org/

 

The Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer is a Catholic religious congregation founded in 1864 in Spain by Bishop Jose Maria Benito Serra, OSB and Antonia de Oviedo Schonthal, OSR for the evangelization and integral human development of marginalized and exploited women.

In keeping with this charism, the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Freeport, NY work with survivors of Human Trafficking and sexual exploitation by providing housing and a safe-haven where women can heal and reclaim their lives. The Sisters are also advocates, who raise awareness about exploitation of women and girls by encouraging individuals, law makers, and social service providers to focus their efforts on this problem.

Both Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW and Associate of Wisdom, Maryse Haig endorsed the work of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy. Associate, Maryse Haig, said, “The healthcare provided is very important for the welfare of these young women, so they can be respected and have a normal life in the society.” Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW added, “Their work resonates with us because they serve the poorest of the poor.  They provide a temporary home for women who have been trafficked and abused and are in need of shelter.”

Grant money will be used to provide basic needs for a year for women including health care, counseling, therapy, education, job preparation, and assistance and accompaniment in the documentation process to acquire identification. To find out more about The Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Freeport, NY, go to: http://www.oblatesistersnewyork.org/

 

Applications for the submission of grant proposals are announced annually in the spring and grants are awarded in the fall after a review by the Provincial Council. Grants up to $15,000 are available to organizations that share the values and emphasis of the Sisters’ mission. Organizations may apply for two consecutive years of funding. The application process is multi-phased, including a pre-application and review, followed by the submission of a final application. The second phase begins with a grant application being sent to those determined to meet the mission criteria in the pre-application process. Organizations must be working in ministry with a Sister or have the endorsement of a Daughter of Wisdom.

 


A Sight That’s Been Seen-

Vision Achieved Through Daughters of Wisdom Grant Money…

 

 

The Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center’s Diabetic Eye Care Center of Portsmouth, Virginia, a recipient of the 2015 Daughters of Wisdom Mission Grants, achieved their goal of serving  low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals suffering with visual problems due to diabetes, through awarded grant money. The grant was used to provide eye exams and eyewear to prevent blindness for approximately 100 clinic patients. Pictured (L-R) are Sr. Rita Thomas, CBS, Carrie Farmer, Bon Secours Foundation, Dr. Kristina Ramsey, OD, Valerie Summers, Health Care Center Administrative Director, and Sr. Grace Malonzo, DW.

 

 


2015

Daughters of Wisdom Award $99, 238 in Mission Grants

Three organizations will receive a second year of funding and five others will receive grant money totaling $99,238 this year through the annual awarding of the Daughters of Wisdom Mission Grants. The Mission Fund, established in 2012, awards grants up to $15,000 on a yearly basis, and allows for two consecutive years of funding. The fund was established to keep the congregation thriving through funding projects that are consistent with the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom. Such are those that address injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially among women and children.

The Center for Wisdom’s Women, Lewiston, Maine, Martin de Porres School, Elmont, NY and Salvadoran Enterprises for Women, Silver Spring, MD will receive funding for the second year. First time grant recipients include: Catholic Charities Mobile Services, Dover, Florida; Haitian Apostolate, Inc., Brooklyn, NY; Bon Secours Maryview Foundation, Norfolk, VA; Mary and Elizabeth Center, Oceanside, NY, and The De La Salle School, Freeport, NY.    

 

The Center for Wisdom’s Women will use this year’s grant money to expand from http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image002_000.jpgbeing a weekday drop-in center to include long-term transitional housing for women in crisis. Envisioned as an interfaith community house, this two-year transitional residency will include wrap-around services for survivors of prostitution, addiction, prison and abuse. The Center will partner with local agencies to provide services for trauma and addiction therapy, GED work and job training. This project is modeled after the Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN and will make way for a core, permanent resident community that is income producing and sustains the costs of the housing.  To learn more about The Center for Wisdom’s Women, visit www.wisdomswomen.org

 

The Martin De Porres School will use the grant money to continue staff education in sensitivity and awareness training to learn about, implement http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image004_001.jpgstrategies, and develop interventions to address adverse childhood experiences.  The goal is to become a model for trauma informed education. The need was realized as an off-shoot of efforts through a program to prevent human trafficking among its student population, the purpose of last year’s grant money.  Students with a higher than average amount of childhood trauma are at risk for both physical pathology and psychopathology. This program will focus on reversing the impact it has on their day to day functioning, education, health and life spans. The school serves children 7-21 years of age with severe emotional and behavioral disorders who are referred from New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. To learn more about Martin De Porres School, visit www.mdp.org 

 

 

http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image006_000.jpgSalvadoran Enterprises for Women, (SEW) headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland has a geographic location of San Salvador, El Salvador for its business operations. For the past twelve years the organization has served to support economic and social justice through small business development, all in an effort to help women work their way out of poverty in this poor rural area. SEW has given women a chance for financial success that they otherwise would not have by helping them to develop businesses close to their homes, so that they can maintain their roles in the family. Without this opportunity, they would have to travel great distances to San Salvador or other municipalities, and be away from their families for long stretches of time just for employment.

 

In 2015 five SEW businesses achieved self- sustainability.  The women operating these businesses now have developed the skill, business acumen and marketing proficiency to continue on their own and SEW is proud of their achievement.  Over the years SEW has provided training for more than 250 women. With the new grant money, SEW will extend its geographical reach to an island community in great need of work- Espiritu Santo Island. The new business, The Conservas Espiritu Santo will produce and market sweet milk and preserved coconut products. To learn more about SEW, visit www.sewinc.org

 

Catholic Charities Mobile Medical Unit provides a variety of free medical services to the uninsured and underinsured residents of rural Hillsborough County, http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image002_002.jpgFlorida. For over 15 years the service has worked in partnership with volunteer physicians, nurses, intake staff, students from the University of South Florida and other agencies in the area. In addition to providing primary medical care, specialties include GYN, dermatology, ophthalmology, colonoscopy, lab services, testing supplies for diabetic patients, and over the counter medications. Another component is confidential on-site services for adolescents, women and families facing the issues of pregnancy, including pregnancy tests, ultrasound, counseling, and medical and community services referrals. A patient can even attend nutrition classes to learn to cook healthy foods and read food labels; or salsa classes to help with weight problems. Medical assessments are also provided to those looking to enter the workforce.

 

Grant money will be used to expand services to the southern part of the county and to pay for ultra sound equipment and a 3-D probe. In a recent data analysis of services provided by the Mobile Medical Unit (done in collaboration with St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa, Florida) it was estimated that over $100,000/year was saved by the public health system. Recently, with the addition of ultrasound services, and the volunteer doctor providing them, two hospital admissions were averted and an additional $20, 000 was saved. To learn more about the Catholic Charities Mobile Medical Unit, visit www.ccdosp.org

 

http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image008_000.jpgThe Haitian Apostolate Inc. in Brooklyn, NY works towards the evangelization of Haitian immigrants and has operated a Creole school of Evangelization in Brooklyn, NY for 27 years. The grant money will be used for the continued funding of a new broadcast program to promote the bible to Haitians and other Creole speaking populations- here in the US and in West India, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadeloupe. The goal is to complete the production of videos of books of the bible, narrated in Creole by Bishop Guy Sansaricq, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and founder of the Haitian Apostolate. These 10 minute videos will be provided to TV stations, Catholic high schools and colleges. To get a sense of some of the work that has been produced by Bishop Guy Sansaricq and his team, visit his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi3LCoGhSjsl1wH5a46FJVQ

 

 

 

https://www.bsvaf.org/view.image?Id=577The Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center of Portsmouth, Virginia will be using grant money to improve the lives of 100 low-income, uninsured, or underinsured individuals suffering with diabetes. Many diabetics have visual problems as a consequence of the disease and these individuals will receive eye exams and eyewear to prevent blindness. The center will also provide transportation for the patients to the clinic, and to the vision center. The doctors at Bon Secours will team up with professionals in the local Wal-Mart’s Vision Center as partners in this endeavor.

 

Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center serves area residents, 18 years of age or older with income levels less than 200% above the Federal Poverty level.  The center sees about  600 patients a month and is the primary care medical group for nearly 4,000 patients. In the past year of those served, 450 had diabetes. Without comprehensive care their quality of life can be greatly impacted and lead to comorbidities such as diabetic retinopathy which is the most common diabetic eye disease and primary cause of blindness in adults. Annual eye exams can help to prevent this. To find out more about Bon Secours Maryview Foundation Healthcare Center, visit www.bsvaf.com

 

The Mary and Elizabeth Center, an outreach program of Tabor Retreat Center in Oceanside, NY, a program that supports, educates and http://daughtersofwisdom.org/DOW-2015/images/clip_image012.pngempowers women, will use the grant money to fund a Servant Leadership project that is designed to train women who are eager to serve and provide them with the skills to assume leadership positions in their families, communities or within groups at the Center. Using Jesus’ example of the leader being servant of all, the servant leadership model circumvents the issue of dominance. The program will be available in both English and Spanish and will serve Latina women from Hempstead, Westbury and Farmingdale.

 

It is expected that as a result of undergoing this training new servant leaders will be empowered and educated in ways to assess the needs of Center members and direct them to resources for crisis management, economic difficulties, immigration needs, health issues,  physical, emotional and spiritual abuse, childcare and parenting, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, racism, ageism and language skills. The Center reaches out to women of every race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, level of physical, mental or emotional ability, age, socio-economic status, language and country of origin with the hope of enabling them to work through their troubles toward a stable, fulfilling life with the support of companions who care. To find out more about the Mary and Elizabeth Center, visit http://taborretreatcenter.net/mary--elizabeth-center.html

 

The De LaSalle School of Freeport, NY a Catholic scholarship school shares in the Lasallian heritage and provides education to 60 economically disadvantaged young men, grades 5-8, many of whom are immigrants or sons of immigrants. The school will use grant money to fund a program for its eight-graders to cultivate compassion among its student body through aninterdisciplinary approach involving social studies, English language arts and religion teachers. Students will be exposed to the historic oppression of immigrants, the denigration of individual dignity and the use of propaganda by contrasting past and contemporary events. Among the anticipated outcomes of this program is for the students to become informed advocates for justice and vigilance against oppression. To find out more about the De La Salle School visit www.delasalleschool.org

 

Applications for the submission of grant proposals are announced annually in the spring and grants are awarded in the fall after a review by the Provincial Council. Grants up to $15,000 are available to organizations that share the values and emphasis of the Sisters’ mission. Organizations may apply for two consecutive years of funding. The application process is multi-phased, including a pre-application and review, followed by the submission of a final application. The second phase begins with a grant application being sent to those determined to meet the mission criteria in the pre-application process. Organizations must be working in ministry with a Sister or have the endorsement of a Daughter of Wisdom.


 

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