The Youth Philanthropy Board of the Delaware Community Foundation for Kent County has awarded $10,000 in grants to four Kent County organizations supporting programs for youth.
The board is composed of 16 students from Kent County public, independent and diocesan high schools, who since September, have been studying youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools, learning about community service and grant making. At an upcoming presentation, the board will award a total of $10,000 in grants to programs that provide long-term and/or immediate help, counseling or training for the homeless of Kent County.
This year's grant awardees include:
Shepherd Place, which received $3,500. The Shepherd Place Inc. is a family shelter in Dover, founded almost 25 years ago by Father Lawrence Hunt and others who felt an acute desire to help the homeless in the Dover area. The shelter provides free housing, case management, clothing, food and other basic needs to those in need, as well as a limited amount of household supplies to those who move from the shelter into their own home or apartment. The shelter receives no direct federal aid, and the majority of its services are provided via donations of cash and goods from the community.
People's Place, which received $3,500. Founded in 1972, People's Place has grown into the state's largest multi-service nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people find their path to growth and independence, by providing a variety of programs and services to the families, adults and children of lower Delaware. Services are focused on counseling, education, prevention, intervention, supportive services and advocacy. People's Place identifies the social/mental health needs of Delaware residents and facilitates provision of appropriate services. Today, People's Place, through a collaborative effort, serves more than 9,000 residents per year in Kent, Sussex and lower New Castle County.
Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, which received $2,000. The Interfaith Mission is a nonprofit organization of local faith communities concerned with the needs of homeless men in the Greater Dover area. It was formed by a group of faith community representatives who sought to provide cold-weather shelter in early 2008. More than 40 faith communities and more than 1,000 volunteers have helped to feed the homeless in the shelter, enabling the mission to serve more than 12,000 dinners each year with a food budget of zero dollars.
Aid in Dover, which received $1,000. Aid in Dover, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation providing myriad services to children, youth and their families since 1975. Services include initial assessment in the shelter facilities, development of self-sufficiency through independent living skills programming, and community-based preventive and supportive counseling and educational services. The Eight-O-One shelter, located on Division Street in Dover, is open 24 hours a day, all year long. The shelter houses 25 youths annually and provides 200 youths with non-residential services. The goals of the program are to alleviate the problems of runaway and homeless youths, to reunite youths with their families and encourage the resolution of intra-family problems through counseling or other services, to strengthen family relationships and encourage stable relationships for youths, and to help youths decide upon constructive courses of action.