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Grant Recipients 2007

Our grants program is focused on addressing the root causes of financial instability for women--not just the symptoms. This year's grant recipients developed strong collaborative partnerships to address the multiple challenges women face as they work toward financial stability and independence.

On May 15, at the first annual Trailblazer Luncheon, we announced our first grant recipients:

  • St. Patrick's Home-Based Child Care Partnership
    Partners: Catholic Charities, SEFCU, and Capital District Child Care Council

    Photo of grant check being delivered This project is a unique neighborhood-based initiative emphasizing the support and training of NYS registered childcare providers residing in the low-income Albany inner city neighborhoods of Arbor Hill, West Hill and South End, by providing support to start and sustain new businesses. In becoming registered childcare providers, individuals are able to conquer one of the largest barriers to employment -- affordable childcare. They care for their own children in their own home, while generating income as a small business (i.e., serving as a home-based childcare provider). The business supports provided by this partnership are essential in assisting these women in their successful transition from welfare-to-work and attaining economic self-sufficiency.

    Click here to read a success story about this project.

  • Project Hope and Power
    Partners: Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis (DVRC) Services of Saratoga County and Soroptimists International of Saratoga County (SISC)

    Photo of grant check being delivered DVRC and SISC collaborate to provide Project Hope and Power, an eight-week financial literacy program for women who are domestic violence victims or at risk of victimization. The program assists women toward increased self-sufficiency so they may build a better future free from violence for themselves and their children. DVRC staff and Soroptimist volunteers co-facilitate classes that include safety planning and financial skills development. Utilizing a curriculum developed specifically for domestic violence survivors, participants gain skills in: budgeting, establishing credit, increasing assets, assessing affordable housing, upgrading job skills and setting goals for increased self-sufficiency.

    Click here to read a success story about this project. Click here to read an update about this project.

  • Project S.S.A.F.E. (Self-Sufficiency and Financial Empowerment)
    Partners: Unity House, Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County and Capital Communications Federal Credit Union

    Photo of grant check being delivered S.S.A.F.E. is a multi-faceted approach to overcoming the obstacles to economic self-sufficiency that face women who are victims of domestic violence. Women receiving help from Unity House Domestic Violence Services will participate in educational opportunities through a comprehensive financial literacy program, receive legal assistance to secure child support and other resources, and access support for financial security, including employment and assistance with transportation and child care.

A total of $ 55,000 was awarded to these three impressive collaborative programs focused on helping women achieve success.