Following the long-established tradition, the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Los Angeles will award its 2019 Medical Ministry Grants on or around February 10, 2019. The grant deadline of December 10, 2018 allows for time for the grant committee to make site visits and make their recommendations to the ECW board. The ECW Medical Grants are given to Episcopal Groups or Institutions helping to meet the medical needs in the Diocese of Los Angeles. These groups may be working with medical or relief organizations that are independent of the Episcopal Church.
A total of $4000 is available each year and may be granted to one or divided among any number of organizations. Said grants may not be awarded for the same project more than every other year and the grants may not be used for operating expenses.
You may also mail the completed application with supporting documents to:
Attn: Medical Ministry Grant
5988 Applecross Drive
Riverside, CA 92507
Recent grant recipients include:
Foothill Family Shelter
The Foothill Family Shelter, which began in 1984 as St. Mark’s Homeless Shelter, an outreach of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Upland. The shelter provides housing for homeless adults and children from the west end of San Bernardino County and the east end of Los Angeles County, free of rent and utility charges. It has seven fully-furnished two-bedroom apartments that are offered free for a maximum of 120 days. It also provides 12 two-bedroom apartments for transitional housing and eight two-bedroom apartments for affordable permanent housing. Funds received from the ECW Medical Ministry Grant were used to provide uncovered dental care expenses for its clients.
Beach Cities Interfaith Services (BCIS)
The BCIS is a resource not only for the homeless but those who are marginalized, be they young or old. It operates a food pantry, a clothing closet and pet food assistance. In addition, BCIS provides vital services such as mailboxes, lunches, budget counseling, assistance obtaining birth certificates, food stamps, California ID cards, and veterans’ assistance. Basic medical and dental services are available the second Tuesday of the month through Altamed’s Mobile Health Care Clinic. BCIS used its ECW grant to assist with medical appointment transportation for its clients.
Members of the Evaluation Committee include: Kim Ericson, St. George’s, Riverside; Emily Harris: Trinity, Redlands; Dr. Nancy Moore, St. Mark’s, Upland.