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United Way of Central Maryland Announces $450,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Howard County

BALTIMORE (July 23, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced $450,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Howard County. United Way’s grants will support the organization’s overall mission to stabilize families and provide all central Marylanders the opportunity to attain a quality education, financial stability and good health through programs that provide emergency housing, child abuse victim advocacy, legal services and more.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Duane St. Clair, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Howard County partnership board and president, St. Clair Consulting. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Howard County communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The seven community operating grants totaling $104,000 include:

·       Bridges to Housing Stability, $20,000 to support their financial stability programs

·       Community Action Council of Howard County, $20,000 to support their health programs

·       Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland, $18,000 for their Child Abuse Treatment Program

·       Foundation for Human Development, doing business as MakingChange, $10,000 to support their financial coaching programs

·       Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, $20,000 for their Family Shelter

·       Neighbor Ride, $10,000 to provide services to the county’s senior population

·       St. John Baptists Church Mentoring Program, $6,000 to continue the mentoring program of African Americans ages 9 – 17

More than $340,000 additional has been invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention and shelter diversion programs, which will be implemented by Bridges to Housing Stability and Family & Children Services.

Each of these nonprofits facilitates some aspect of United Way of Central Maryland’s Family Stability programs. A multi-faceted approach to supporting the region’s most vulnerable citizens, Family Stability programs at United Way are aimed at lifting families out of crisis and moving them to self-sufficiency through prevention(helping at-risk families stabilize before they become homeless), shelter diversion (diverting homeless families from traditional shelters to temporary housing, accompanied by comprehensive case management) and financial education (working with these families on financial literacy, asset-building, budgeting and employment).

“Our continued work with United Way of Central Maryland as an Community Partner allows us to further our goal of transforming the lives of children and adults by providing opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and hope,” said Cheryl Ladota, Acting CEO and chief operating officer of Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland. “In the last 10 years, Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland has helped 48,522 children, adults and seniors in our community.”

Since their launch in May 2012, through March of this year, these programs have helped 387 families, including the diversion of 139 families from homeless shelters into housing, and kept 570 children in their school of origin. In addition, with the opening of the new United Way Family Center, 18 teen parents are now on the path to high school graduation, with three graduating this past May. These new grants will help to continue this great and important work to provide families the support and resources they need and strengthen communities across central Maryland.

For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to find out how to help change the odds, visit www.uwcm.org.

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About United Way of Central Maryland

For 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been changing the odds for families and communities by investing in the building blocks of a self-sufficient life: education, financial stability and health. Family Stability is at the core of this work, which includes helping children attain the education they need to be successful; preventing homelessness and providing, safe, affordable housing; and increasing access to healthy food and healthcare. All of this work is underpinned by a safety net of critical service supports to meet people’s basic needs, plus the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, which answered more than 100,000 calls for help last fiscal year. United Way of Central Maryland serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. To help change the odds for families and communities in central Maryland or learn more, visit www.uwcm.org.

United Way of Central Maryland Announces $450,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Howard County