Pew Announces $8.5 Million in Support of the Region’s Most Vulnerable Adults

Contact: Emily Cheramie Walz, 215.575.4809


Philadelphia, PA - 03/26/2008 - The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide $8,581,000 over the next three years to 54 Philadelphia area nonprofit organizations serving the region’s neediest adults. These agencies assist individuals living on society’s margins who face multiple complex issues related to substance abuse, homelessness, and chronic mental disabilities.

“Pew recognizes the importance of strong organizations in the delivery of high-quality services,” said Frazierita D. Klasen, deputy director, Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, “and we share with these organizations a deep commitment to improving the lives and futures of our community members.”

Pew’s funding will support programs that help unemployed adults obtain jobs through education programs and job search assistance and training; use a recovery-focused approach to providing behavioral health services; integrate behavioral health and other supports for disadvantaged adults; and provide a broad range of services to hard-to-reach individuals.

The 2008 grantee listing for programs serving vulnerable adults is attached.

The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, part of Pew’s Philadelphia Program, provides funding for primary groups of at-risk populations: vulnerable adults; the isolated and frail elderly; and disadvantaged children, youth and their families. Since its inception in 1991, the Pew Fund has awarded over $165 million in service delivery and capacity building support to more than 300 health and human service nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and neighboring Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. For additional information on The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, visit www.pewtrusts.org/pewfund.

Through the Philadelphia Program, Pew seeks to enhance civic life in its hometown. We partner with many local institutions in encouraging a thriving arts and cultural community; supporting the health and welfare of the region’s neediest residents; informing discussion on important issues facing the city; and, more broadly, strengthening Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike.

Supporting Employment

  • AHEDD — $225,000
    To facilitate employment for young adults in southeastern Pennsylvania with disabilities.
  • AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania — $126,000
    For continued support to assist individuals with HIV/AIDS to enter and remain in the workforce.
  • American National Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter — $200,000
    For support of the Nurse Assistance Training program for low-income adults.
  • CareLink Community Support Services — $140,000
    For continued support of the Career Services Program for people with mental illness in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
  • Community Women’s Education Project — $150,000
    For operating support to provide education and social services to low-income, unskilled women.
  • Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation — $115,000
    For continued support to provide job counseling, training and placement assistance to low-income women living in Chester and Delaware counties.
  • Horizon House, Inc. — $180,000
    For continued support to assist adults with serious mental illness to receive technical certifications or college degrees.
  • Impact Services Corporation — $228,000
    To provide job placement and case management support for ex-offenders served by its Community Reentry Center.
  • People’s Emergency Center — $140,000
    For continued support of the Job Opportunities and Business Skills program, providing comprehensive employment and career advancement services to homeless women.
  • Reading, Willing & Able Philadelphia, Inc. — $182,000
    For operating support to provide housing and work experience to formerly homeless men in Philadelphia.
  • Resources for Human Development — $120,000
    For support of the Clearinghouse for Employing the Homeless program.
  • The Career Wardrobe — $90,000
    For operating support to provide workplace attire and life-skills classes to women entering the workforce.
  • Unemployment Information Center — $105,000
    For continued operating support to provide assistance to unemployed individuals.
  • Women’s Opportunities Resource Center — $230,000
    For continued operating support to provide micro-enterprise training and related loans and savings programs to low-income women.
Promoting Recovery

  • Central Montgomery Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center — $135,000
    For support of Project Connect, to link individuals with serious mental illness to needed services.
  • Family and Community Service of Delaware County — $135,000
    For continued support of the Ralph Moses House, providing housing, health and employment services to formerly homeless men living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Family Service Association of Bucks County — $200,000
    To enhance services for persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
  • Hedwig House, Inc. — $150,000
    For support of peer services to individuals with serious mental illness.
  • Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern Pennsylvania — $102,000
    To provide continued information, referral and mental health counseling services to immigrants and refugees.
Integrating Behavioral Health Care and Other Supports

  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. — $195,000
    For support of the Wellness to Work program, providing on-site mental health services to clients at its Employment Advancement and Retention Network Center.
  • Drexel University — $210,000
    For support to provide integrated primary care and behavioral health services for low income adults in North Philadelphia.
  • Interim House, Inc. — $150,000
    For support of its Job Readiness Program for women who are recovering from serious substance abuse problems.
  • Jewish Employment and Vocational Service — $160,000
    For support of Resources for Recovery, a substance abuse education and support program for low-income women.
  • Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania — $180,000
    For continued support of Montgomery County HealthCHECK to link individuals with serious mental illness to needed health care.
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine — $225,000
    For support of behavioral health services to low-income patients of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s healthcare centers in North and West Philadelphia.
  • Philadelphia FIGHT — $165,000
    For continued support of the Diana Baldwin Clinic, which provides behavioral health services to persons with HIV/AIDS.
  • The Philadelphia Health Management Corporation — $215,000
    For support of comprehensive healthcare for chronically homeless adults.
  • Women Against Abuse — $175,000
    To provide behavioral health services to victims of domestic violence living in Women Against Abuses’ shelter.
  • Women in Transition, Inc. — $140,000
    For continued support to provide telephone counseling and supportive services to women in abusive situations who are also recovering from addiction.
Strengthening Programs for the Hard to Reach

  • AchieveAbility — $180,000
    For support to provide education and employment services for formerly homeless single parents.
  • Action AIDS, Inc. — $210,000
    For continued support of mental health services in conjunction with counseling and employment services to HIV-positive individuals in Philadelphia.
  • Bethesda Project — $237,000
    For continued operating support to provide services to chronically homeless individuals.
  • Cabrini College — $180,000
    For support to coordinate prisoner reentry services for ex-offenders returning to the Norristown community.
  • Calcutta House — $140,000
    For continued operating support of a personal care home for individuals who are homeless and who have AIDS.
  • Committee for Dignity and Fairness for the Homeless Housing Development, Inc. — $150,000
    To provide supportive services to help homeless families stabilize their lives and achieve independence.
  • Community Learning Center — $105,000
    For continued support to provide information, referral and counseling to students of literacy and adult basic education.
  • Delaware County Women Against Rape — $90,000
    For continued operating support to provide comprehensive services to victims of violent crimes.
  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County — $115,000
    For continued support of services to victims of domestic violence in Chester County.
  • HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia, Inc. — $150,000
    For continued support to provide legal services to low-income immigrants.
  • Homeless Advocacy Project — $90,000
    For continued support of legal assistance to homeless individuals.
  • La Comunidad Hispana, Inc. — $160,000
    For continued operating support to provide social, health, employment and other supportive services to Latino farm workers and their families.
  • Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance — $135,000
    For operating support to provide nutrition counseling and meals for people with chronic or serious illness.
  • National Nursing Centers Consortium — $200,000
    To provide housing support services for participants of the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership program, a nurse-home visiting program focused on helping first-time mothers.
  • PathWays PA, Inc. — $146,000
    For continued support to provide information and education to improve the ability of low-income workers to access available resources.
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia Incorporated — $150,000
    For continued support of a social worker for the Street Side Health Program.
  • Project HOME — $270,000
    For continued support to provide comprehensive services to people who are homeless.
  • Temple University — $110,000
    For continued support of the Legal Advocacy for Patients Program for low-income people with chronic or terminal illness.
  • Temple University — $105,000
    For continued support of the Temple Comprehensive HIV program, to provide nutritional counseling to individuals with HIV/AIDS.
  • The Crime Victims Center of Chester County, Inc. — $150,000
    For operating support to provide support to victims of sexual assault, abuse and other crimes in Chester County.
  • Trevor’s Campaign, Inc. — $150,000
    For continued support of Project SUCCESS, to assist homeless women in moving toward independent living.
  • Victim Witness Services of South Philadelphia, Inc. — $80,000
    For continued support to conduct outreach, offer education and provide support services to crime victims who have limited English proficiency.
  • VNA Community Services, Inc.— $175,000
    For support of the Montgomery County Personal Navigator Program to assist low-income adults to apply for and obtain needed public support.
  • Whosoever Gospel Mission and Rescue Association of Germantown — $170,000
    For continued operating support to provide services to vulnerable individuals in North Philadelphia.
  • Women’s Community Revitalization Project — $165,000
    For continued support to provide case management and other supportive services to women living in its affordable rental housing units.

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