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United Way of Central Maryland Announces $873,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE (July 30, 2015) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced $873,000 for programming supporting United Way’s goal of building self-sufficient families and stronger communities in Baltimore 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 homelessness prevention, greater access to care, financial education, legal services and more.

“Our work to stabilize families in our region focuses on creating a solid foundation for success,” said Ken Westary, chair of United Way of Central Maryland’s Baltimore County partnership board and vice president for Institutional Advancement with the Community College of Baltimore County. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to continue important work to sustain our Baltimore County communities and change the odds for families on the brink of or experiencing homelessness.”

The 15 community operating grants totaling $330,000 include:

  • Baltimore County Department of Health, $20,000 for the Access to Care Program
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore County, $25,000 to support the needs of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings
  • Comprehensive Housing Assistance, $20,000 to support the After-School Academic Enrichment Program
  • Dundalk Youth Services Center, $20,000 to support its early childhood programming
  • House of Ruth Maryland, $30,000 to support services to victims of intimate partner violence and their children
  • Jewish Community Services, $15,000 to support homelessness preventions programs
  • Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, $15,000 to support their home-delivered meals program
  • Mosaic Community Services, $20,000 to help provide access to dental care and oral hygiene education
  • Northwest Hospital Center, $21,000 to support their Domestic Violence (DOVE) program
  • PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, $25,000 to support their World of Care program
  • Prologue, $30,000 to support their homeless outreach program
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, $25,000 to support their Front Door Program
  • TurnAround, $25,000 to support TurnAround-Baltimore County financial stability programs
  • University of Maryland Baltimore, $15,000 for their Care Clinic
  • YWCA of the Greater Baltimore Area, $24,000 for the Arbutus Permanent Supportive Housing Program

An additional $490,000 has been invested in United Way’s homelessness prevention and financial stability programs, which will be operated by the following organizations:

  • Episcopal Housing Corporation, $100,000 for Homelessness Prevention in Cockeysville
  • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, $120,000 for Workforce Development Services Supporting Family Stability Families in Baltimore County
  • Job Opportunities Task Force, $20,000 for the Baltimore CASH Campaign: Financial Education Training for Family Stability Partners
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, $150,000 for Shelter Diversion in Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work, $100,000 for Homelessness Prevention in Dundalk

United Way has invested an additional $53,000 for programmatic work in Essex.

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 a community partner allows us to further our mission to ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential,” said John Schiavone, president and CEO, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. “This marks our 150th year serving our community, and we hope to continue our proven results, like the 47 families we placed in housing in 2014 through our Front Door program, the 935 clients that received workforce training, and the 486,441 meals we served.”

Since the family stability program’s 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 $873,000 in Grants Aimed to Stabilize Families and Support the Local Safety Net in Baltimore County