March 2015 Grants

Transportation Justice Training
A grant to the Environmental Health Coalition to improve transit and bike/walk infrastructure in City Heights. The Coalition will identify community residents interested in improving transportation, educate them on the issues, and support efforts to make policy changes.

Shelter Program
The Interfaith Shelter Network is a coalition of churches and social service agencies providing case management and emergency shelters to the homeless. Each participating church congregation provides two weeks of shelter and three meals a day to 12 homeless guests. A general operations grant will provide financial support for the program, which is carried out by 63 congregations in San Diego County.

Mental Health and Social Services in Mid-City
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego provides comprehensive health and social services to San Diego youth and families. A general operations grant will support SAY San Diego’s wrap around services in the areas of mental health and social services in Mid-City.

Health and Human Services to Immigrants
A general operations grant will support Union of Pan Asian Communities’ (UPAC) work to provide health and human services to low income residents, primarily in neighborhoods with high immigrant populations.

Housing for Homeless
A grant will help the Connections Housing Program provide lodging for the homeless in the downtown San Diego area. Connections provides 223 housing units, a health center, and numerous social services in one location to help the homeless transition to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

Mental Health Services to Refugees
A grant will support License to Freedom’s Shifa Program, which provides mental health services to refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and Iran living in the eastern portion of San Diego County. Services are provided in five languages.

Education Services for Homeless Youth
The Monarch School serves kids Kindergarten through 12th grade who’ve been affected by homelessness and therefore have unique educational needs. A general operating grant will support the school as it continues to transition to its new facility in downtown San Diego.

Therapy Scholarships for Separated Families
Kids Turn San Diego provides an array of workshops and counseling sessions for adults and youth going through family separation due to divorce and military deployments. A grant will provide scholarships for families unable to afford therapeutic services.

Emergency Needs for Burn Victims
A grant will provide funding for the emergency needs of burn victims at the Burn Institute, located in San Diego.

Urban Farming Training
A grant to the International Rescue Committee will be utilized for the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers grant that will fund an expansion of the Growing New Roots program at the IRC.  Growing New Roots trains farmers on urban agriculture techniques, on how to monetize small-scale agriculture, and connects farmers with land available for urban agriculture use.