Trinity Wall Street Church has given Wildcard Awards to four innovative organizations that hold promise as agents of positive change. Each one-time, $25,000 award is given to support a social action initiative that needs seed money to get started or grow.
The recipients are beyond-the-bell-curve programs that fall outside Trinity’s standard funding objectives, but are part of Trinity’s efforts to be a resource for innovators and social entrepreneurs in the wider Church. Creative Arts Workshop for Kids uses art to inspire underserved youth in Upper Manhattan. Healing Community Network forms support groups for the formerly incarcerated and their families in New York, helping the once-incarcerated readjust to society. Magdalene St. Louis provides a safe and empowering haven for women survivors of abuse, prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the street. A Movable Feast is a spiritual endeavor focused on reaching young adults by feeding both body and soul through a mobile campus ministry.
“Our recipients represent a broad spectrum of social activism, but each in its own way seeks to improve the human condition,” said the Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, rector of Trinity Wall Street. “We are delighted to help these worthy organizations grow, so that they may have a transformational effect on their communities.”
The nominating process began in April 2013. In January 2014, grants were conveyed to:
n Creative Arts Workshop for Kids (New York) – To support a sustainability plan to generate program funds by developing contracts with new business partners to provide large-scale public art.
n Healing Community Network (New York) – To support current post-prison reentry programs in Queens and Manhattan and possibly open new networks.
n Magdalene St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) – To lease or buy a residence for a community of women recovering from abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking, addiction, and homelessness.
n A Movable Feast (Diocese of North Carolina) – To cover start-up costs, including purchasing a vehicle and food supplies, for a mobile campus ministry operated out of a bus with kitchen facilities and chapel space.
Trinity Grants has provided $80 million in funding to 85 countries since 1972.
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