United Ministries receives $80,000 Grant from Greenville Women Giving

Greenville, S.C. | May 11, 2020 — United Ministries is selected as a recipient of an $80,000 two-year grant from Greenville Women Giving (GWG). Greenville Women Giving is an organization of women serving as catalysts for improving the quality of life in Greenville County through collective grant-making. Granting strategically, GWG provided funding for organizations that help improve the quality of life in Greenville.

“United Ministries is incredibly honored to be selected by Greenville Women Giving as a grant recipient this year,” shared Lizzie Bebber, Executive Director of United Ministries. United Ministries mobilizes the goodwill and resources of people to serve and empower those on their transformative journey to financial self-sufficiency. Using an integrated service model, United Ministries provides homeless services, crisis assistance, education, and employment services to ensure long-term stability for participants. The grant from GWG will be invested directly into United Ministries’ Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), which provides housing for families confronting homelessness.

United Ministries intends to secure a 3-to-1 match using the grant money from GWG to purchase two single-family homes in Greenville County. These homes will serve as interim houses for participating families in United Ministries’ IHN program. Made possible in part by the grant from GWG, United Ministries will be able to house between 40-80 homeless families over the next 20 years.

In 2019, IHN provided 139 homeless family members with emergency shelter and/or interim housing. Homeless families who participate in IHN’s “Transformation Track” receive intensive case management and the respite of interim housing to help regain their sense of normalcy. 75% of families who enter the IHN program move into the “Transformation Track” with interim housing, and according to SC Upstate Continuum of Care, 76% of families who reside in temporary housing (interim housing) exit to secure permanent housing.

“Through Greenville Women Giving’s partnership, we will impact generations by providing families with home, haven, and hope, and more financially secure futures,” said Bebber.

Greenville Women Giving is a philanthropic women's collective giving organization created as a special initiative of the Community Foundation in 2006. Since its founding, GWG has awarded 123 grants totaling over $6.5 million and has grown to over 530 members.

Located in the West End of downtown Greenville, United Ministries has been working for 50 years to create a community where everyone can thrive. Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient and financially independent. The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work. For more information on United Ministries please visit www.united-ministries.org or call 864-335-2613.

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