September 20, 2017
 
Funds for Housing, Survivors, Training, Program Expansion

June 6, 2017 — Urban Edge granted $285K to support home ownership...DOVE gets state funding to better serve Chinese survivors of partner abuse...Cape Abilities gets grant for employment, vocational skills training...Corporate partner enables Foundation for MetroWest to expand program.

Urban Edge Granted $285K for Affordable Housing, Community Development

Urban Edge, a community development nonprofit that operates in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston and surrounding communities, recently announced that it received a $285,000 grant to support its affordable housing and community development activities.

Urban Edge said the grant, from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, known as NeighborWorks America, will support ongoing housing developments as well as homebuyer education, financial literacy classes, and a recently launched Pre-K Readiness initiative.

Frank Shea, president and CEO of Urban Edge, said, “Ensuring that the residents of the neighborhood have access to quality housing and opportunities for financial stability is the cornerstone of what we do, and the funds provided by NeighborWorks America will help us meet those goals.”

DOVE Gets State Funding to Better Serve Chinese Survivors of Partner Abuse

DOVE (DOmestic Violence Ended), a Quincy nonprofit that partners with diverse communities, families, and individuals impacted by domestic violence, recently announced that it received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to build tailored services for survivors of partner violence who are Chinese or of Chinese descent.

DOVE said it is working with Quincy Asian Resources, another local nonprofit that works to improve the lives of Asian Americans to benefit Quincy and neighboring communities, in connection with the new initiative. DOVE said it will hire a Chinese advocacy and outreach coordinator, who will work with community service providers and colleagues, as well as with DOVE staff, to ensure that survivors can get needed assistance.

One-third of women in America have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime, a number that jumps to between 41% and 61% for Among Asian women, according to DOVE.

Cape Abilities Receives Grant for Employment, Vocational Skills Training

Cape Abilities, a Hyannis-based nonprofit that provides residential, social, therapeutic and employment supports to individuals with disabilities, recently announced that it received a $10,000 grant to support of its Employment & Vocational Skills Training Program located at the Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis.

The grant, from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, will assist in the funding of a vocational specialist, a former special education curriculum consultant and a master gardener, who will provide support to job coaches and farm staff, year-round.

"We are so grateful to have this support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation," noted Rosalie Edes, President/Executive Director at Cape Abilities. "This funding will allow for the utilization of a person-centered, vocational training approach, which incorporates the goals and interests of each individual in specifically designed skill development so that they can ultimately secure competitive, community-based employment."

Corporate Partner Enables Foundation for MetroWest to Expand Program Offering

Natick-based Foundation for MetroWest, a community foundation serving 33 area cities and towns, recently announced that it received a donation from MathWorks, a local computing software company, that will enable the foundation to expand its Center for Philanthropy Education program.

The foundation said MathWorks preferred not to disclose the value of its donation, the first it has made to the organization.

The Center for Philanthropy Education provides free educational programming to the more than 600 MetroWest nonprofit organizations in the areas of fundraising, board governance, communications, and executive director leadership training.

“This new partnership with MathWorks is a benefit to our MetroWest community,” said Judith Salerno, the foundation's executive director. “Nonprofits are at their most effective when they have high-functioning, skilled staff and boards who are able to engage the community in their mission. This new partnership with MathWorks will help us achieve this goal of strengthening our community through strengthening the nonprofits within it.”

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