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

youth 8-18.


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

stringed instruments.


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

age 5.


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

core subjects.


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.