Bridgeport Rescue Mission
The Bridgeport Rescue Mission offers a variety of support services for needy and homeless families. For a number of years, FOC has helped fund their food distribution program, which delivers over half a million meals annually, both at the center and via mobile meal wagons.
Christian Appalachian Project
Appalachian Mountains, US
The Christian Appalachian Project provides a number of programs for poor Appalachian families such as food banks and holiday baskets for needy families, as well as educational and camp programs for children. Friends of Children has supported a variety of the programs for children, with an emphasis on pre-school and school readiness programs.
Florida and New York
Covenant House operates shelters, which provide housing, medical, and support services for runaway and homeless youth, including teenage mothers and their children. Friends of Children grants have been directed to a variety of programs ranging from blanket giveaways to homeless teens in New York to those providing housing, educational and medical services for homeless mothers and children.
Edgar P. Harney Elementary School was opened in August 2007 to accommodate families returning to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It serves a population where most children live below the poverty level and many are still homeless. Friends of Children is supporting library and reading programs to improve reading comprehension, and instill a love of reading.
Good Counsel offers housing, medical services, vocational guidance, and parenting and life skills classes for homeless pregnant women and their newborns. Friends of Children’s donations have helped fund the life skills classes for new mothers.
Heart of America Foundation
The Heart of America Foundation sponsors programs designed to increase child literacy and encourage public service. The foundation’s initiatives include free books for needy children and public school libraries, as well as the purchase of backpacks and school supplies. Friends of Children has funded book distribution programs, providing many poor children with their first book.
Indian Mobile Mission
The Indian Mobile Mission serves 240 impoverished children and families on a Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. Friends of Children’s support has funded school supplies for the educational support of the children.
Little Britches Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Little Britches provides unique equine-based therapies to people with special needs, at-risk individuals and disadvantaged youth. Over 130 students participate yearly in therapeutic riding and driving programs designed to improve physical, mental, and emotional health. Support from Friends of Children has increased the number of students who can receive Occupational Therapy during their lessons, and helped launch the first “Summer Bridges at Little Britches” summer camp for urban youth.
Several Sources Shelters operates several group homes for needy and homeless young mothers and their babies. It also provides a variety of support services, such as assistance with academic and vocational education as well as counseling and life skills. Friends of Children has supported this program since its inception.
St. Luke’s Lifeworks
St Luke’s Lifeworks provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families in and around Stamford. Its services range from providing supportive housing to vocational and life counseling. It also operates a number of programs for the children of its homeless clients, including the holiday gift basket program that Friends of Children has supported.
Children of Colon
Children of Colon supplies nutritional, medical and educational support to impoverished mothers and children. Grants from Friends of Children to this Sisters of Mercy program support medical and nutritional programs for children.
Education and Hope
Education and Hope offers scholarships and other support such as tutoring, medical care and hot meals to impoverished children in the western highlands of Guatemala. Over the years, Friends of Children grants have satisfied a number of program needs, ranging from provisioning a study library to providing nutritional supplements.
The Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund
Guatemalan Tomorrow is an innovative K-12 school that offers a combination of academic and career training for indigenous children, with a particular focus on business and community development skills, with an emphasis on helping others. Friends of Children grants have ranged from funding the purchase of a small boat for transporting students from remote villages to the school, to supporting computer literacy programs for female students.
Caribbean & South America
The Denan Project
Replicating their successful model in Ethopia, the Denan Project runs a medical clinic in Uratari, a remote Andean region of Peru. In keeping with their tradition of involving local volunteers in such efforts, the clinic was constructed only after locals had shown their interest by making 9000 bricks by hand. Friends of Children’s grant has helped the clinic open an OB/GYN department, providing desperately needed pre-natal care to the local population.
Haitian Health Foundation provides a variety of health services to needy women and children in and around the town of Jeremie in Haiti. Friends of Children’s grants have focused on services for children, covering the cost of life-saving medicines as well as Akamil, a locally produced nutritional supplement for malnourished children and pregnant women.
Charles Brazilian Project
St. Charles Brazilian Mission feeds and educates almost 750 of the poorest children in Brazil so that they can become independent, productive members of their community. Additionally, shelter is provided for orphaned and abandoned street boys. Friends of Children’s support has ranged from providing education and housing to funding Christmas celebrations.
The Denan Project runs the only free medical facility in the Ogaden region of eastern Ethiopia, an area with 5 million residents, including many refugees from Somalia. The project also provides other services to the impoverished residents such as distribution of mosquito nets, water, and drought-resistant farming technologies. Friends of Children’s support has included underwriting children’s vaccination programs and supporting a pre-natal and well baby clinic.
Nurturing Minds, SEGA Girls School
The SEGA Girls School is a boarding school for girls in grades 8 – 12 in Morogoro, Tanzania. As in much of the developing world, girls are frequently denied the educational opportunities afforded boys, particularly in secondary education. The SEGA Girls School attempts to fill this gap, at least for the bright, motivated, at-risk girls it recruits. Friends of Children recently added this program, and its initial grant supported a hot lunch program for 30 girls, as well as solar study lamps.
S.H.A.R.E. runs a variety of programs in Kenya, ranging from operating medical clinics to supplying construction materials for pit latrines to sponsorship of orphans, most of whom lost both parents to AIDS. S.H.A.R.E, like other Friends of Children programs, stretches cash donations by relying heavily on volunteer labor and donated materials. Friends of Children has sponsored a number of orphans, providing a loving home, medical care, and decent education that would otherwise be out of reach for these children.
Asha Deep provides housing and education for homeless girls in Bangalore, India. With the support of Friends of Children, the Daughters of Wisdom, the Catholic order that operates this program, have been able to serve ever increasing numbers of girls in need.
Fatima Mother & Baby Center, and Day Care Children’s Center
The Fatima Center is a program of the Good Shepherd Sisters which provides a home, medical care, education and life skills training for pregnant young women and mothers and their newborns. the Day Care Center provides for the feeding, education and medical care of over 90 children aged three to six years old.
Phuy Muy Home for Handicapped Orphans
Phuy Muy Home offers a loving home and medical care to severely disabled children who would otherwise be left to languish in state institutions. Friends of Children’s grant helps provide for the essential needs of the more than 100 children in this home.
Project for Vulnerable Young Women
The Project for Vulnerable Young Women provides housing for vulnerable girls who cannot live at home due to poverty or risk to their well-being. The project also provides education and vocational skills training.