Special Needs Community Grants
In keeping with our mission of community service, the Nazareth Association established a grant-funding program entitled the “Special Needs Community Grant.” The program is in recognition of over a century of dedication and work so generously given to communities throughout Michigan, and the world, by the Sisters of St. Joseph (now, the Congregation of St. Joseph).
Grants totaling $10,000, or more, are awarded to qualified applicants once a year. They are designed to provide financial assistance for special needs of various ministries and facilities sponsored or endorsed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth, Michigan. Grants will be awarded on a “needs” basis for partial or full coverage of projects not fully funded by other sources in the following areas:
Grants totaling $115,577 have been awarded since 1994 through 2017. Some examples of the assistance our grants have provided are: sewing machines, after-school programs, pre and post-natal
care, reading materials, spiritual outreach, computers, assistance to families struggling with AIDS and substance abuse, hospice care, massage therapy equipment, audio books, training in
non-violence, prison ministry and programs for children with special needs.
Special Needs Community Grant Committee for 2017:
2017 Grant Awards went to:
Barrios Unidos en Cristo - Nina Rodriguez, CSJ - $1,000 to be used to purchase material for retreats, workshops, and other activities in the outreach programs for families in an Hispanic community located in one of the oldest parishes in Detroit. Members of these families are dealing with an ongoing battle with addiction.
Creative Community Pathways Healthy Living Corporation - Phyllis Davis Williams and Mary Anne Dalton, CSJ - $1,500 to pay some of the expenses of Mary Anne Dalton, CSJ and WorkshopWay team in presenting a weeklong demonstration-educational workshop with 20 participants (made up of the Pathways' group of professional and community members in the Detroit area).
Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance - Cathey DeSantis, CSJ - $975 to help buy materials and supplies, plus pay gas mileage and lunch for the two retired engineers who are the instructors for two workshops for The Tuskegee Spirit Project. This project teaches 16 children (ages 9 to 14) math and science skills while also giving them experience with small machines and tools. There are two workshops in which the students make the parts and assemble all sorts of wonderful things, e.g., tables, bookends, lamps.
The Holley Institute - Jacqueline A. Wetherholt, CSJ - $1,000 will provide some of the money for a program called ACORN (Artistry, Communication, Opportunity, Resourcefulness, Nurture). The participants develop pride, self-esteem and independence while learning theater craft in a beautiful outdoor setting near Brooklyn, Michigan. The Holley Institute provides support services for our population of deaf and hard of hearing middle and high school students.
New Life Literacy Center - Judy Blake, CSJ - $1,000 will be used to fund Project Transportation. The learners who come to the Literacy Center are there to have tutoring they need to take and pass the GED test. This grant makes transportation by bus possible for GED participants.
San Juan Diego Resource Center - Joan Hastreiter, CSJ - $1,500 - will be used to serve a diverse population of bi-lingual and multi-cultural local residents by providing a bookstore making religious reading matrials and other religious items available for those who are continuing on a faith journey. They need a technology upgrade to efficiently serve their community. They also need a web site, business cards, and a permanent ad in the parish bulletin.
Grants from previous years were awarded to:
Grant awards are announced each year at Spirit Days
PO Box 224
Nazareth, MI 49074
Phone: (269) 342-1191