SWJC 2020 BUILDING BRIDGES GRANT INITIATIVE
SWJC DISTRIBUTES $16,000 IN GRANTS
SWJC makes a difference by empowering local organizations that focus on specific community needs.
SWJC is pleased to again offer grants to local nonprofits, thus enabling them
to accomplish their goals during this very difficult time.
Thank you to our Grant Committee Co-Chairs Michelle Shriro and Andy Farkas
and our committee members: Susie Salfield Avnery, Pearl Garza Fracchia, Rosie Stromberg, and Lynn Towery.
The committee reviewed 52 applicantions addressing each applications individually via conference call and video conferencing. After hours of discussion, 8 non-profits that were selected.
A SWJC Building Bridges Grant of $2,000 was awarded to:
Grant 1: Bonton Farms
This grant will allow Bonton Farms, in southeast Dallas, to buy 3 milking goats.
They serve famiies that depend on that milk.
Believe it or not, goat's milk has a number of health benefits and many need it for a variety of health related issues.
Grant 2: DEBES CREER EN TI
(Believe in Yourself)
Distributing laptops and training for online literacy assistance to tutor in English for senior (50+)
Hispanic adults enabling them to successfully take the US Citizenshiip exam in August.
Grant 3: DME Exchange of Dallas
Purchase replacement parts for durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, shower chairs, hopsital beds, commodes, etc. All equipment is sanitized and refurbished and distributed free of charge to Dallas County residents.
Grant 4: Families to Freedom
Purchase metered fuel cards for victims of domestic abuse who are now isolated and traped at home
with their abuser. These victims may need to leave town to be with family. This relieves the pressure on
shelters, diffuses the violent situation, and provides a support structure.
Grant 5: Mosaic Family Services
Providing shelter for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Grant 6: Open Arms dba Bryan's House
Open Arms works with at-risk families, including many who now find themselves out of work due to COVID-19,
therefore their case management continues remotely. This grant will allow them to order the needed
medical supplies and have them shipped directly to the families who have children with special medical needs.
Grant 7: St. Philips's School and Community Center
St. Philip's resides in one of our city's most notorious "food desert" communities.
This grant ensures 20 households benefit from Aunt Bette's Community Pantry for one month.
Grant 8: The Source of Hope
Provides nutritious home-cooked meals to elderly veterans confined to nursing homes.