Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program  |  P.O. Box 644017  |  Vero Beach FL  32964

Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program, Inc.

Summary of 2016 - 2017 Grants Awards


Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program (GHCOP) is pleased to announce awards totaling over $350,000 to 32

non-profit agencies serving the residents of Indian River County.  In addition, we released $15,000 to the Hope for Families Center as they restructure their management team and programs and we also distributed over $21,000 to agencies through the Evening of Giving, for a total of $390,000 to support our county. Our theme is “providing hope and help to our neighbors in need so that they can lift themselves out of poverty.” Our emphasis, though not exclusively, is on our neighbors in Gifford.


We invited 40 non-profit agencies to apply for a grant, and 36 submitted applications.  Each application was reviewed by a team of volunteers who met with the agency senior management and when available, a member of the Board of Directors, to discuss the application and specific grant request. All financial reports submitted by the agency were independently reviewed by a team of financial analysts.  After careful review, each team made a recommendation for some level of funding which was then presented to the GHCOP Board for final approval. We have allocated our grants to agencies in the five categories below:


Job Training  -  $34,000  (9%)


Camp Haven - $14,000: to pay for professional counseling for clients in the Pathways to a Purposeful Life Program. Camp Haven provides a residential setting for homeless men to regain financial independence and self esteem. They do so through a structured program of counseling on social and relationship skills, acquiring and maintaining employment, education opportunities and reconnecting with their communities in a healthy, drug-free life style.


Environmental Learning Center - $5,000:  to supplement unspent funds from last year to provide several Gifford high school students with summer internships in the Teaching Job Skills for a Greener Future Program.  The comprehensive 6 week program will focus on developing a broad range of skills needed in the environmental services employment field.  The Environmental Learning Center works to inspire and empower everyone to be active stewards of the environment.


United Against Poverty of IRC - $15,000:  to partially pay for the Success Training for Employment Program (STEP).  STEP serves under or unemployed adults with the goal of lifting participants out of poverty through employment.  Through a 3 phase program, participants are motivated and trained to find and keep a job.  UP of IRC serves those in poverty with a variety of “hand up” programs. They placed 76 unemployed people in jobs last year!


Education  -  $20,800  (6%)


Education Foundation of IRC - $7,800: to partially fund the Algebra Counts 2 Program.   The program provides professional training to math teachers to effectively deliver instruction and increase the algebra aptitude of students, enabling more students to earn a high school degree.  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.


Literacy Services of IRC - $5,000:  to partially fund the Parents Engaged Now Program (PEN).  The PEN program offers workshops to parents to help them improve their literacy skills so that they can become more engaged in their child’s academic success.  Literacy Services is the safety net for adults to improve their literacy skills to better improve their lives and the lives of their children.


Scholarship Foundation of IRC - $8,000: to fund a college scholarship for a high school student in the name of Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program.  All scholarship recipients must meet a high academic standard and meet the federal guidelines for financial assistance. The Scholarship Fund accepts applications in the fall and interviews all applicants and reviews each application.


Youth Mentoring and Training  - $118,522  (34%)


Big Brothers Big Sisters - $8,000: to fund the School & Site-Based Mentoring Program.  The program revolves around 1-to-1 mentoring to improve kindergarten readiness, literacy skills and social/emotional growth as early grade reading proficiency is noted to be a critical bridge to academic success.


Children’s Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division - $10,000: to fund the Transition Living Center (TLC) in Vero Beach.  The TLC is a residential program for homeless youths ages 18-23 who have aged out of foster care.  The program provides a safe environment to complete high school or a GED, receive training in life skills and assistance in finding employment opportunities.


Crossover Mission - $16,000:  to fund on-going operating expenses.  Crossover Mission works to redirect at-risk youth in IRC through a year-round community youth recreational activity enrichment program available to youth ages 8-18.  They focus on after school tutoring and basketball programs for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center - $5,000:  to fund salaries for the Tutorial Program.  Dasie Hope provides educational, recreational, job-training and enrichment opportunities for disadvantaged youth and adults in the Wabasso and North County areas.


Gifford Youth Orchestra - $11,022: to fund six music scholarships for the Staging for Success Program. The Gifford Youth Orchestra provides education, experience and training in various cultural and performing arts with a core focus on mastering stringed instruments for children who are at risk of becoming homeless.  Their motto is “More Violins - Less Violence - Better Tomorrows


Gifford Youth Achievement Center - $26,500:  to fund the After School Education Program.  Gifford Youth Achievement Center provides  quality after school educational and enrichment programs for children of all ages.  The After School Program provides homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, educational enrichment activities and also provides cultural, social and recreational opportunities.   This is the major core program of GYAC.


Hibiscus Children’s Center - $15,000:  to fund the Career Pathways Program.  The Career Pathways Program provides a residential setting for foster youth, ages 13-17, to gain wraparound support to promote academic success, complete high school, and prepare for independent living, college or employment.  The residential setting is a cluster of group homes that provides a home-like environment in Vero Beach.  Each home is totally self-contained and they share common support services such as a library, computer lab and counseling support.


Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast - $5,000:  to fund a horsemanship program for 18 third graders with learning disabilities from the Dodgertown Elementary School in Gifford and contribute to general overhead expenses.  Special Equestrians fosters personal achievement through equine assisted activities and therapy for individuals with special needs.


Youth Guidance Donation Fund of IRC -$12,000: to fund the Mentoring Academy.  The Mentoring Academy prepares mentors and youth, ages 5-18, who come from low-income, single parent homes, to work together in groups. Group mentors are matched with small groups of children for a seven week semester, meeting weekly.


Feed the Lambs Enrichment Program - $10,000:  to fund the After School & Summer Program.  Feed the Lambs provides educational support services to under- served children during the school year and summer months.  They provide tutoring, recreational and enrichment activities to children in the Gifford and South County areas.


Family Stability  -  $97,856  (28%)


Alzheimer’s & Parkinson Association - $11,356: to fund expenses associated with expanding the social respite program for Gifford caregivers from one day to two days per week. Caregivers are given the opportunity to take a break while their loved one is in a safe, caring environment with appropriate, supervised activities.


CASTLE - $22,000:  to fund the Safe Families Program.  The program addresses child abuse and neglect by working one-on-one with parents to change harmful or negligent patterns and replace them with positive approaches to raising and disciplining children.  The mission of CASTLE is to prevent child abuse and neglect through education and awareness.


Childcare Resources of IRC - $18,000: to fund the   Subsidized High Quality Childcare Program.  Working parents with income between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty level pay 15% to 30% of the cost of childcare at Childcare  Resources.  The balance is paid by the private fundraising  activities of Childcare Resources.


SafeSpace - $15,500: to fund a Domestic Violence Outreach Advocate.  The Advocate provides services to victims residing in IRC that include emergency domestic violence triage and other outreach services such as safety planning, education on healthy relationships, and referrals to community resources as well as support groups and counseling services.  SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create a safe independent life free from violence.


Samaritan Center - $13,000: to fund general operating expenses.  The Samaritan Center is a transitional housing program serving homeless families in IRC. It focuses on providing “life skills development” (parenting, budgeting, education) with the primary goal of promoting healthy family values and structure leading to economic independence through a highly structured Four-Tiered Level Program.


Substance Awareness Center - $8,000: to fund the ReDirect Program for adolescents and families.  The program is designed to provide information relevant to important life transitions that teens face. The parent program includes discussion topics about family communication, parent monitoring, role modeling, appropriate discipline and taking a clear stand on use.


Women’s Care Center of IRC - $10,000:  to fund the Crib Club Shopping Boutique.  The Boutique is an onsite “store” where low income clients can exchange coupons for baby essentials such as cribs & mattresses, car seats, strollers, and clothing. Coupons are earned by attending onsite parenting classes.  Women’s Care provides free medical pregnancy  services for women facing unplanned pregnancies.


Basic Needs:  Food, Housing and Health - $82,500  (23%)


Every Dream Has a Price - $11,000: to partially fund the cost of building a new single family home in Gifford for a low income family, with preference given to a veteran.  Every Dream Has a Price builds or rehabs homes of high quality for low income individuals or families who demonstrate a need and desire to maintain their own home.


Habitat for Humanity of IRC - $6,000: to contribute to the cost of building a new home in the name of Grand Harbor for the family of Jorge and Eleazar Bedolla in Waterside, a community  in southwest Vero Beach where 12 out of 51 planned homes have been finished. Since 1991, Grand Harbor volunteers and funding from Grand Harbor members have constructed or rehabbed over 190 Habitat homes in IRC that bring people together to build communities and provide hope to its residents.


Healthy Start Coalition  -  $6,500: to fund the Language Nutrition Program with the purchase of 1,300 parenting books.  The program distributes the books to at-risk families with children, age birth to 3 years old, and teaches parents to instill literacy in their young children.  The mission of Healthy Start Coalition is to develop and maintain a support system of care that optimizes the health of moms, babies, and their families in IRC.


Our Father’s Table - $10,000:  to pay for food which is provided to low income residents of Gifford.  Five days a week year round a hot, nutritious meal is served at lunch time to 50-60 clients and another 60 hot meals are delivered six days a week to the homebound.  In addition to their food program, free clothing is available as well as free dental care through their partnership with the Treasure Coast Community Health program. They have no paid employees.


Senior Resource Association - $10,000: to pay for meals for homebound seniors who are on the waitlist for the Meals on Wheels Program. Senior Resource Association promotes independence and dignity in IRC by providing services to older adults and free county-wide transportation for everyone.  In addition to the Meals on Wheels Program, services include case management, adult day care, nutrition education, counseling and emergency home energy assistance.


The ARC of IRC - $14,000: to partially pay for the replacement of two air conditioning units on the West Campus.  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.


The Source - $10,000:  to partially pay for accounting and marketing expenses.  The Source serves the needs of the homeless, working poor and seniors with services that include hot meals six days a week, shower facilities, internet access, laundry facilities, mail box service and job training.  Over 200 volunteers assist in providing services to the poor at The Source.


Veterans Council of IRC - $9,000: to fund the Upward American Veterans Program.  The program provides services such as utility or rent payments and 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 veteran’s organizations in IRC and over 40 non-veterans entities that actively support veterans.


VNA of IRC - $6,000:  to partially fund the Medicaid-Eligible Patient Care Program.  The program is the VNA’s critical safety net for an estimated 120 home health patients.  These clients are under 65 and either under-insured 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.