June 6, 2024

Resident Advancement Committee Awards $40,242 to Neighborhood Projects

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Saint Luke’s Foundation

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Saint Luke’s Foundation’s Resident Advancement Committee Awards $40,242 at May Meeting

 

Cleveland, OH – June 10, 2024 – The Board of Trustees of the Saint Luke’s Foundation has approved $40,257 in grants to seven organizations during the May Resident Advancement Committee meeting. These investments advance the Foundation’s mission to achieve health equity by addressing social determinants of health, including educational attainment, financial stability, healthy eating and active living, safe and affordable housing, social connections, and the strengthening of the neighborhoods surrounding the former Saint Luke’s Hospital.

“The Resident Advancement Committee of Saint Luke’s Foundation is proud to support locally grown initiatives through our community grants”, say Indigo Bishop, Program Officer at the Saint Luke’s Foundation. “In May, we awarded grants to seven leaders who are passionate about storytelling, connecting neighbors to jobs, supporting seniors, and meeting their basic needs.”

 

May 2024 Community Grants include the following:

 

First Time Filmmakers – Summer Camp $5,985

Sponsored by Universal Love Ent

This program offers youth in Mt. Pleasant hands-on experience in cinematography and visual storytelling, running from June 6 to June 21 at the Mt. Pleasant NOW building. It supports professional and creative development, fostering social connections and community pride.

 

Gospel Block Party – $4,257

Sponsored by Buckeye Ministry in Missions Alliance

This event in Buckeye and Woodland Hills aims to foster community togetherness through performances, games, food trucks, and school supplies giveaways, involving various local partners for new and old Woodland Hill residents.

 

Rose Express: Mobile Market & Social Connection Outreach – $6,000

Rose Express will provide transportation for seniors, veterans, children, and people with disabilities to doctors’ appointments, community events, grocery stores, pharmacies, and financial institutions.

 

Senior Movement – $6,000

Sponsored by Collectiv Express

Designed for seniors 55 and older, this program includes physical movement, group singing, social discussions, and dance, promoting physical activity and socialization.

 

Stronger Careers 2024 Program – The Tavern Coffee House – $6,000

This workforce development program will train idle youth (16-24) in a year-long coffee house job, providing weekly coaching workshops and job opportunities. Partners include Humble Mornings Coffee, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and others.

 

The Total Mom Experience – $6,000

Sponsored by Impact Ministry 

This initiative offers support group sessions for 100 mothers in the Buckeye neighborhood from June 2024 to March 2025, focusing on holistic well-being through group therapy and educational interventions.

 

YMOC – Kid’s Pantry – $6,000

Sponsored by the Thea Bowman Center

Located inside of the Alexander Hamilton Recreation Center, this pantry will provide free essentials items, like pampers, socks , wipes  baby formula, bus passes, and other necessities to parents facing financial crises, ensuring they can afford basic items for their children.

 

About Resident Advancement Committee of the Saint Luke’s Foundation:

The Resident Advancement Committee (RAC) is Saint Luke’s grantmaking body of ten community members who oversee the Foundation’s community discretionary budget. Through the RAC, residents of the Saint Luke’s footprint have the opportunity to review the Foundation’s Community Grant applications and award up to $140,000 annually for initiatives that zero in on the social, economic, and environmental factors which shape health in their own neighborhoods. The Saint Luke’s Foundation is dedicated to achieving health equity by addressing social determinants of health for people in neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s and throughout Cuyahoga County. For more information on the work of Saint Luke’s Foundation, please visit saintlukesfoundation.org

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