Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program | P.O. Box 644017 | Vero Beach FL 32964
Summary of 2018-2019 Grants Awarded
The Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program (GHCOP) has approved grants totaling $419,044 to 37 non-profit agencies serving residents of Indian River County. We also expanded our activity by creating a Grand Harbor Employee Scholarship Fund. Our theme continues to be, "providing hope and help to our neighbors in need so they can lift themselves out of poverty". Our emphasis, though not exclusively, is on our Gifford neighbors.
The Grant process begins September 1 when the Philanthropy Committee invites non-profits in IRC to submit Grant applications. By the October 15, 2018 deadline 39 applications were received. A team of volunteers, who met on site with senior management and Board representatives to discuss the application and specific request, carefully reviewed each application. Each agency was required to submit specific financial reports that were reviewed by our financial analysts. After much committee consideration a final recommendation was presented to the GHCOP Board in March for approval. The approved Grants fall into the 3 categories shown below.
Liz Crowther and Kathy Tonkel, Co-Chairs Philanthropy
Education: $205,500 - 49%
Big Brothers Big Sisters $8,500: to allow BBBS to serve more than 500 IRC children in school and site-based mentoring. Caring one-to-one mentors to help kids learn, share new experiences and grow exponentially.
Childcare Resources $20,000: to subsidize high quality childcare for working parents with incomes between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty level. This agency promotes the highest quality childhood development and education for economically challenged families.
Crossover Mission $25,000: to sustain and grow their after school program. The agency works to redirect at-risk youth in IRC through
year-round basketball training and 1-on-1 academic mentoring, for
Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center, Inc. $5,500: to provide educational,
recreational, job training and enrichment opportunities to at-risk youth
in the form of after school a·nd summer programs.
Economic Opportunity Council $10,000: to fund the Early Bird preschool
program (3 year olds) at Dodgertown Elementary School.
Education Foundation of IRC, Inc. $15,000: to support their Success
Through Science Program to advance the IR Regional Science and
Engineering Fair. The Education Foundation raises private funds to
support teachers and students in the IRC public schools with training
and supplies that are not otherwise available through the school district.
Grand Harbor volunteers often act as judges at the Science Fair.
Environmental Learning Center $9,000: to provide 4 high school
students, preferably from Giford , with paid summer internships. The
comprehensive 6-week program focuses on developing a broad range of
skills needed in the environmental industry. The Environmental
Learning Center works to inspire and empower everyone to be active
stewards of the environment.
Feed the Lambs $9,000: to provide after school tutoring, enrichment
and mentoring to underprivileged children at Oslo Middle School and
The Preserve at Oslo.
Gifford Youth Achievement Center $32,000: to fund the After School
Education Program. The After School Program provides homework
assistance, tutoring, educational enrichment activities and cultural,
social and recreational opportunities to children of all ages. This core
program serves over 160 students.
Gifford Youth Orchestra $5,000: to fund music scholarships for their
after school music education and performance program with a focus on
Healthy Start Coalition $6,500: to fund the purchase of books for the
Language Nutrition Programs: Parents as Teachers and Healthy
Families. Healthy Start's Mission is to develop and maintain a support
system of care to optimize the health of mothers, babies and their
families in IRC.
Kindergarten Readiness Coalition $10,000: to fund Family
Engagement Parent Training Workshops in Gifford. This will provide
parents with information about the stages of child development and
model ways parents can help build their child's brain through everyday .
interactions. This will impact the lives of over 100 children ages birth to
Literacy Services of the Treasure Coast $6,500: to support the 1-on-1
adult literacy tutoring program. Literacy Services is the safety net for
adults to improve their literacy skills to better improve their lives and
the lives of their children.
Miss B's Learning Bees $6,500: to support their one-on-one tutoring
program for at-risk youth of all ages to help them reach proficiency in
Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) $10,000: to
support students from the Science Institute of Discovery at the Gifford
Youth Achievement Center's involvement in research in the transfer of
toxins from water to humans. This is an intense, but fun program that
will engage the students in substantial field and laboratory work as well
as teach them program management, leadership and professional skills.
ORCA is focused on solving the problems caused by water pollution and
this includes training the next generation of problem solvers.
Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Inc $5,000: to provide
"Horse Powered" Reading and Equine Assisted Learning to first graders
with learning challenges at Dodgertown Elementary School in Gifford.
The Learning Alliance: $10,000 to fund a third grade interventionist
at Dodgertown Elementary School in Gifford. The Learning Alliance is
focused on successful school and literacy programs to have 90°/4 of IRC
students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. They
provide professional development, tutoring, summer literacy and
enrichment and parent education programs. Several Grand harbor
residents tutor for the Learning Alliance.
Youth Guidance Donation Fund of IRC $12,000: to fund the
Mentoring Academy that prepares youth ages 5-15 who come from low income,
single parent homes and mentors to work together in groups.
Group mentors are matched with small groups of children for a 7-week
semester, meeting weekly. Several Grand Harbor residents volunteer as
Financial Stability: $153,500 - 37%
Camp Haven $12,000: to support professional counseling for clients in
the Pathways to Purposeful Life, Financial Stability Program. Camp
Haven provides a residential setting for homeless men to regain
financial independence and self-esteem leading to full time
employment. They have a structured program of counseling in social
and relationship skills, vocational and educational opportunities, and
reconnecting with their communities in a healthy, drug-free life style.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc. /Samaritan
Center $13,000: to support the services of a mental health counselor
who provides therapy and emotional support as well as parental
training, medical and psychological referrals, and life skills workshops.
The Samaritan Center is a separate program in Vero Beach managed by
Catholic Charities. Homeless families can stay up to two years where
they target learning "life skills development", with the primary focus on
promoting healthy family values and employment discipline, leading to
economic independence through a highly structured Four-Tiered
Children's Home Society $10,000: to fund the Transitional Living
Center in Vero Beach. The TLC is a residential program for homeless
youth ages 18-23 who have aged out of foster care. The program
provides a safe environment to complete high school o a GED, receive
training in life skills and assistance in finding employment
opportunities. CHS is the oldest private social services organization in
FL providing a wide variety of services to children at-risk.
Every Dream Has a Price $10,000: to provide partial funding to build
a home in Gifford to house homeless or at-risk families. Priority will be
given to clients of the mental health court and veterans. The nation's
veterans are 50°/o more likely than the average American to become
Habitat for Humanity of IRC $6,000: to sponsor the construction of a
new Grand Harbor Habitat home. Many Grand Harbor residents
volunteer at the Habitat building site and the Re-Store.
Hibiscus Children's Center $18,000: to support the Career Pathways
to Independence Program at the Hibiscus Children's Village in Vero
Beach. This wrap-around education program provides individualized
assistance to children whose traumatic experiences have virtually
halted the educational process. This program helps foster teens increase
attendance and engagement in school, make academic progress and
graduate with skills, knowledge and exposure to pursue post secondary
options or careers.
Hope for Families $20,000: to support a portion of the shelter budget
focused on various activities identified specifically for children. Hope for
Families has a simple mission: to provide safe shelter, food and
assistance in financial literacy; securing employment; saving money;
and moving into permanent housing. 64% of their ' residents are
I am Ministries, the Source $15,000: to support the Dining with
Dignity Culinary Program, a 12 week comprehensive program that
incorporates industry standard culinary training with financial literacy,
employment preparation, career exploration and on-the-job training
based on the client's individual needs. The Source helps the homeless
and working poor weather crises in their lives by providing hot meals,
showers, case management and classes. They also partner with local
restaurants to provide supplemental training and/or employment.
Place of Hope, Inc. $4,500: to pay for the training and licensing of foster
parents in IRC (Homes of Hope). Presently, due to the lack of foster
homes in our county, children have to be relocated to other counties to
provide placement. Place of Hope is dedicated to providing stable and
loving family environments for children and youth. They provide family style
foster care (emergency and long term) for hard to place and other
special needs foster children; family outreach and intervention;
comprehensive maternity care; safety for victims of labor and sex
trafficking with transitional housing and support services; foster care
recruitment; and support for children and families. They serve 340
children and youth on a daily basis.
SafeSpace $16,000: to fund their Supportive Living Program, a
transitional living program serving victims of domestic violence in both
residential and outreach settings. SafeSpace offers victims of domestic
violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create a
safe independent life free from violence.
United Against Poverty $20,000: to support the Success Training for
Employment Program (STEP). STEP serves unemployed adults with
barriers to employment such as little or no work history, substance
abuse and/or mental health and criminal background issues. Through a
three-phase program, participants are motivated and trained to find and
keep a job. Nearly 600 people a day can access services at the UP Center.
Veterans Council of Indian River County $9,000: to fund the Upward
American Veterans Program. The program provides basic emergency
funds for qualified veterans and their families to help them with short term
needs leading to independence. The Veterans Council is a
collection of 24 veterans organizations in IRC and over 40 non-veterans
entities that actively support veterans.
Health and Special Needs: $60,044 -14%
Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of IRC $15,000: to help support
the Gifford Community Program that brings caregiver support, memory
and movement programs, and dementia education to Gifford residents.
Mental Health Association in Indian River County $5,000: to help
provide child and adolescent services to about 550 children through the
Walk-In & Counseling Center program offered at the Gifford Youth
Achievement Center, and after school services provided at the three
Boys and Girls Clubs in Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere.
Our Father's Table $9,000: to support operating expenses, the SMILE
program and a kitchen upgrade at this Gifford soup kitchen. In 2018 Our
Father's Table provided 30,187 meals to the less fortunate in the Gifford
Senior Resource Center $10,000: to the Meals On Wheels Wait list
Relief Program providing a vital daily hot meal and wellness check to
low-income homebound seniors. SRC promotes independence and
dignity in IRC by providing services to older adults and free county wide
transportation to all. Besides Meals On Wheels, these services include
case management, adult day care, nutritional education, counseling, and
emergency home energy assistance.
Sunshine Rehabilitation Center of IRC $7,500: to support staff
salaries and clinic overhead for the Sunshine Kids Program. The
Program provides free multi-disciplinary rehabilitation services for all
children regardless of insurance status. The Sunshine Physical Therapy
Clinic is a non-profit independent outpatient rehabilitation center that
provides services to IRC residents with the goal of enhancing quality of
life by offering professional rehabilitation services to children and
The ARC of IRC $7,544: to support the purchase of 4 mid-size vehicles
to transport clients to medical appointments, job opportunities and
community activities. Our funds provide the local match necessary to
purchase these vehicles. The ARC supports and empowers individuals
with special needs to achieve their life goals. They operate residential
group homes, provide employment training and job services, counseling
and transportation to over 200 adults daily with a variety of disabilities.
VNA of IRC $6,000: to provide home health care through the Medicaid -
Eligible Patient Care Progra m. This program is the VNA's critical safety
net for an estimated 120 home health patients. These clients are under
age 65 and either underinsured or without health insurance or funds to
pay for their health care. The VNA provides compassionate, innovative
care for patients needing home health, hospice and community services.