For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristine Beaird
Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation (PCDIC) recently awarded $459,000 in grants to 6 local non-profit organizations dedicated to serving low to moderate income communities. Through PCDIC’s Community Enhancement Program (CEP), matching grants of up to $100,000 are offered on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of low to moderate income communities within Maricopa County.
The six awardees included Si Se Puede, Neighborhood Ministries, Native Health, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Be a Leader, and Friendly House. Grants provided to awardees will be used for new programs and expansion of existing programs to help benefit members of the community by enhancing programs offering education, youth services, healthcare, training and career assistance to those most in need.
Awardees such as Si Se Puede Foundation, Be a Leader Foundation, and Neighborhood Ministries are using funds to assist in education and youth services. A $100,000 matching grant will allow Si Se Puede to expand its award-winning STEM Robotics program to expand beyond the 7 Chandler Unified School District Schools, to South Phoenix including South Mountain, A.M Hamilton, and Betty Fairfax high schools. The expansion will enable 90 new students the opportunity to be exposed to the life-changing STEM experience. With a service area that includes three of the most impoverished communities in Phoenix, Neighborhood Ministries is breaking the cycle of poverty in impoverished, inner-city Phoenix by bringing life-transforming hope and power to families. A $100,000 grant will allow Neighborhood Ministries to expand its Education for Life program, a comprehensive educational support program to increase students' academic attainment while reducing deviant behaviors such as truancy, drug abuse, and gang activity. By completing building improvements on its planned Academic Success Center, 310 youth will be able to participate in Neighborhood Ministries’ Education for Life program. Be a Leader Foundation works directly with inner-city middle school and high school students in the Roosevelt Elementary School District to prepare them for post-secondary education. A $60,000 matching grant will enable Be a Leader to expand its Senior Boot Camp program which prepares first-generation low to moderate income high school seniors with a detailed, easy to navigate support system during the college and scholarship application process.
Matching-grant awardees focused on healthcare, training, and career assistance include Native American Community Health Center, Phoenix Rescue Mission, and Friendly House. The Native American Community Health Center (Native Health) provides primary care, dental care, diabetes education, integrated behavioral health, prenatal, and numerous other health and wellness services to meet the needs of the urban Indian Community in the Phoenix Metro area. A $100,000 grant will help Native Health expand these core health services into the east valley. Since 1952, Phoenix Rescue Mission has provided life-transforming solutions to thousands of children, families, homeless men, women, veterans and other individuals who have faced addiction or domestic violence to hope, productivity and economic independence. A $75,000 matching grant will allow Phoenix Rescue Mission to expand its Changing Lives Center (CLC) a recovery program offering long-term, comprehensive services to women and children, where families receive life skills, education and counseling, and ultimately become self-sufficient through career assessment and job placement program. Established in 1920, Friendly House is a social service organization serving Arizona families, at work, school or home, and all stages of life with a dedicated mission of Empowering Arizona Communities through Education and Human Services. Friendly House’s Adult Education and Workforce Development programs have targeted the health sector, including two health sectors vocations (Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician) where a 15-person cohort receives contextualized basic skills instruction concurrently with health career training provided by Maricopa Corporate College (MCOR) at a co-located site (Phoenix College). Currently, only 15 members can participate in The Friendly House program, but with a grant of $24,000 the program can now serve up to 30 participants.
The Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation has provided thousands of dollars to the Community Enhancement Awardees to assist in expanding non-profit organizations. Grants provided will give organizations the opportunity to reach more individuals within their community and add more members to their programs.