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In December, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham awarded its 2017 grants, totaling $215,000, to support programs that improve women’s economic security and help end the cycle of intergenerational poverty in Greater Birmingham. This is the largest amount invested in a single grant cycle since The Women’s Fund’s founding in 1996.
“Thanks to generous community support, more women and their children will have the tools they need to build better lives,” said Jeanne Jackson, President and CEO. “The 2017 grants fund programs that provide women with supports essential for their long-term success, including job skills training, affordable housing, child care, career coaches. Birmingham invested in these women, and in turn, we will all move forward together.”
The following agencies and programs received grants:
Children’s Aid Society, Project Independence ($25,000) – Provides housing, economic, and educational supports for homeless, pregnant, or parenting teens.
First Light, Forever Home ($25,000) – Provides independent housing and wraparound supports for homeless mothers and children.
Jefferson State Community College, Women in Manufacturing Initiative ($25,000) – Provides scholarships and supports for single mothers to enter manufacturing associate’s degree program.
Jimmie Hale Mission, Jessie’s Place ($20,000) – Provides educational, financial, and economic support, including child care assistance, for homeless mothers.
Norwood Resource Center, Family Forward ($25,000) – Provides financial coaching, housing advocacy, and tax preparation assistance for 30 mothers whose children participate in center programming.
Oasis Counseling, Mentally Healthy Moms ($25,000) – Provides mental health counseling for women to address employment issues.
The Salvation Army, My Home ($25,000) – Provides permanent housing and case management for single mothers
St. Vincent’s Foundation, Jeremiah’s Hope Academy ($20,000) – Provides child care assistance for low-income, single mothers receiving training at Jeremiah’s Hope in health-related fields.
A ceremony honoring the grant recipients was held at Regions on January 26, 2017.
The Women’s Fund also invested $338,450 in collaborative two-generation programs in Greater Birmingham via their Collaboration Institute and other initiatives in 2016.