Women Giving for Spartanburg – 2010 Grants

Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home – “Teaching Family Model”       
Amount Awarded:  $ 40,000

 After thirty-six years serving girls who are victims of abuse and/or neglect, Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home (EHSGH) finds that there are many factors which allow children to be reunited more quickly and successfully with their families.  The Teaching Family Model provides the intervention that makes successful reunions possible. EHSGH seeks funding for a full time position focusing intense services on improving the family dynamic.  EHSGH is currently limited to removing an abused child from the home.  By removing the risk from the family situation, the Teaching Family Model can achieve positive, long term outcomes.  In the first year, the program can impact the lives of twelve troubled families and forty at-risk girls.   

Family Connections Family Literacy Program – “Parent Coach/Interventionist”    
Amount Awarded:  $ 47,779

 The Parent Coach/Interventionist program is designed to help at-risk parents and their children develop a stable and effectively functioning family environment.  Using a variety of research-based strategies, the coach provides to parents of at-risk students the interventions to create a positive home environment, to make significant personal changes to support school readiness for pre-school children, while encouraging adult education completion.  The coach will role model and support parent and child activities daily, teach life skill classes regularly, provide home visits weekly, and build a trusting relationship with the family to encourage on-going success.  Lasting effects include educational and life success for both parents and their pre-school children.    

Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve – “Garden of Hope and Healing”                   
mount Awarded:  $ 37,500

 The Garden of Hope and Healing at Hatcher Garden will be a place of escape for those facing life-limiting illnesses, offering respite for both patients and caregivers.  This unique garden will be open daily and free to all who seek an environment of serenity, inspiration, and comfort.  Designed with partners, SRHS Cancer and Hospice, Interim Hospice, and others, the Garden of Hope and Healing will have inspirational and therapeutic features for emotional healing and well-being for all ages. Sustainability will be provided through a variety of naming opportunities and the establishment of an Endowment Fund for the Garden of Hope and Healing at the Spartanburg County Foundation.  Phase 2 expansion plans are currently in progress.

Hope Reach, a Program of the Hope Reach Foundation — “The Wiggly Room”        
Amount Awarded:  $ 29,874

 Children with autism struggle to connect with the world.  They are reluctant to try physical activities and are unable to process what they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.  At the Hope Reach clinic in Woodruff, autistic children work 5-8 hours each day in one-on-one therapy settings to gain critical skills.  The Wiggly Room will provide equipment specifically designed to encourage physical activity and sensory stimulation.  This project will allow children with autism to develop core strength, coordination, and confidence while learning to enjoy activities that can be shared with family and friends.  Through wiggles and giggles, these children can re-connect with the world of sensations, emotions, and experiences.

Middle Tyger Community Center – “Adolescent Family Life Care Demonstration Program”     
Amount Awarded:  $ 43,500

 Middle Tyger Community Center seeks funding to provide a Case Manager for pregnant and parenting adolescents in Spartanburg County.  As part of the Adolescent Family Life Care Demonstration Program, the Case Manager will provide intensive services to young women to help them reach their educational goals, avoid repeat pregnancies, raise healthy children, and increase internal and external assets for their families.  In SC, only 33% of teen parents graduate from high school, and 30% of teen mothers experience repeat pregnancies.  As a result of the Adolescent Family Life Care Demonstration Program, 93% of all participants progressed a grade level or graduated from high school, while less than 7% reported a repeat pregnancy.

Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN) – “Weekend Life Skills Project”    
Amount Awarded:  $ 25,000

 Education and knowledge are often keys to successful transitions in life.  If these tools are provided in an empathetic, caring atmosphere, the chances of success are greatly enhanced. The Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network seeks to provide a positive educational experience for homeless families to reinforce good character and enhance self esteem.  SPIHN seeks funding for the Weekend Life Skills Project, with seventy-seven interactive lessons.  This training program provides the tools to help homeless families become more independent and self-sufficient.  For many homeless families, this training will help break a generational cycle of poverty for both themselves and their children

United Way of the Piedmont – “Imagination Library”             
Amount Awarded:  $ 25,000

 The Imagination Library is an early childhood literacy program that helps better prepare children for kindergarten and first grade by eliminating the reason many children do not read — lack of access to books.  Each month, enrolled children from 0 to 5 years old, receive a free, age-appropriate book mailed directly to their home.  By the time they reach kindergarten, they have a personal library of sixty high-quality books.  The Imagination Library currently serves 8,100 children in Spartanburg County, regardless of economic background.  The program was founded by Dolly Parton in 1996 and the local chapter was launched in 2001.  The Imagination Library is responsible for raising $30 per year per child to help cover the cost of book purchase and postage.