Grant Winners for 2018

SAFE Families for Children (parent nonprofit is Olive Crest) is at work in San Diego recruiting more and more families to come alongside parents who need special care for their children for a short amount of time. They’re filling the gap for families who don’t want to be broken apart but need a little respite now and then. The Safe Family and the biological family work together to make decisions that are best for the child and the family. A remarkable 85-95% of families in this movement come back together, often to the most stable environments they’ve ever known. Our grant is making it possible for 18 new SFFC host families to be trained, and 18 new churches to come on line.

The first story we heard about Seeds of Hope Costa Rica from founder Penny Williams was her encounter with a couple of American men talking excitedly about their upcoming “sexcation” in Costa Rica! That struck her as did a visit to a neighborhood where 30-50 teenage girls were being sold for sex by their mothers. In concert with several government agencies, Penny and her team help feed these families only if they come to Bible and English classes and make jewelry that she can sell to finance the costs. Classes on healthy relationships and year-long Bible classes are required for access to some of the funner aspects of the program. All the classes and activities take a toll on their vehicles and that’s where SEEDS San Diego came in, with a good-sized grant for a newer vehicle.

Update: Our gifts were sent in April, and in June we hear that there was enough for a 15-passenger Hyundai van, and a 5-passenger Hyundai Tucson!

Grant Winners for 2017

Helping Hands in GREECENikos Stefanidis, the man behind this 16-yr-old, thriving refugee center, sent us this great photo of some of some of the many people they’ve been able to assist over the years. Their center meets everyday needs of these traveling families, from laundry facilities, to meals, to filling out papers, to directions for centers in other countries, etc. Some stay for a few months, other pass through more quickly. Our SEEDS grant funded a heating/air conditioning system that they have needed all these years to keep the heavily trafficked center comfortable. AND, because of our faithful members, our gift was large enough to provide a new washer/dryer!

College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS) won our local gift, to help in the purchase of an ultrasound machine for their third clinic, this one in the underserved downtown area of San Diego. There are approximately 11 abortion providers in the central corridor of the city (La Mesa to the Beaches). CAPS now has a presence stretching the length of that corridor. All their clinics are close to bus and freeway systems and the colleges they serve. They provide free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and free counseling and follow-up.

Grant Winners for 2016

Can another year have already gone by? Through site visits and our International Ministry Brunch, our hearts were touched by several amazing ministries.

levi-anchor-3The Anchor, run by wounded warrior, ex-military, Levi Moran gives servicemen/women a home away from home, and a place to explore and expand their faith. “Pastor” Levi and team needed a kitchen overhaul and some site improvements to aid in their outreach. Of course we love make-overs and we’re looking forward to seeing the new and improved Anchor!

Nann Gonzalez leads a long-time ministry in Romania called Father’s Care Ministry. Our gift will ensure that FCM will be able to reach out to more orphans and foster children through their summer Vacation Bible School Program this summer because of the connection they made with our members who voted to give them the International Grant.

We are thrilled for our winners, and our members who are also winners for taking the time to care and give of themselves and their treasure. We have no idea the trickle down effect God will use to touch many more through these organizations.

Grant Winners for 2015

Far Reaching Ministry's ARMY of Chaplains

Far Reaching Ministry’s ARMY of Chaplains

Our SEEDS international gift clothed and shod these heroic nationals, and gifted them with sermons and Bible passages to fill their minds with hope and direction. “Never before in the history of Far Reaching Ministries have we had a new class of chaplains funded fully for their uniforms and iPods!” After a year of training, these chaplain armies are deployed to the front lines, providing spiritual strength to the troups and protecting any women and children who need them. What a privilege to be behind them in some small way.

Willy Briscoe and Hope Leadership Foundation

Willie Briscoe and SEEDS at Hope Leadership Foundation ~ “Today’s Hope for Tomorrow’s Leaders”

We spent an afternoon with Willie Briscoe at Hope Leadership Foundation in Barrio Logan. He has taken his fatherless childhood and turned it into motivation to help youths in similar situations. Beginning with grade 3, he has constructed an after-school program that provides a safe environment, homework assistance, spiritual training, and field trips–SEEDS bought HLF a van. “We desire to help youth realize and actualize their potential by providing spiritual mentorship, educational and athletic support along with exposure to the arts, while helping them meet their most basic needs. We desire to see San Diego changed one kid at a time.”

Grant Winners for 2014

We are so excited by what God has shown us through the passionate people we met through this year’s ministries. Wasn’t it an amazing journey?IMG_1612

Our local grant went to the amazing San Diego Rescue Mission! Most of us had never been to this hospital-turned-homeless shelter in city center San Diego. This non-profit, average gift of $35, runs a tight, but respectful and loving ship. We replaced their old dryers with new ones (yay! we know the impact that can have!), and also helped with some computer stuff. (This room is where the mothers and children sleep.)

Our international grant went to Ellilta International, or EWAR for short, a ministry in Ethiopia rescuing trafficked women and girls. We funded, in part, a skills/job training program that would allow these women to leave the sex trade and be able to support themselves and their families. EWAR has witnessed over 1000 women–a 90% success rate–go on to lead a life free of prostitution.

In case you felt led to donate to any of these ministries above the SEEDS Grant, below are addresses for sending a check. (Their web sites that were listed in the voting materials will also accept donations using credit cards, but a check doesn’t give any money to the CC companies.)

 

 

LOCAL
San Diego Rescue Mission (grant winner), P.O. Box 80427 San Diego, CA 92138                           Urban Youth Collaborative, P.O.Box 124708 San Diego, CA 92112

INTERNATIONAL
Ellilta International EWAR-Ethiopia (grant winner), P.O. Box 3383 Cleveland, TN 37320
Faith Comes by Hearing-Myanmar, 2421 Aztec Rd NE Albuquerque, NM 87107
Far Reaching Ministries (Love-Covers)-South Sudan/Northern Uganda, 38615 Calistoga Dr #100 Murrieta, CA 92563
World Ventures /Path of Hope-Lithuania, M/M G. Zupkas 6154934 1501 W.Mineral Ave, Littleton, CO 80120
Su Refugio-Paraguay, P.O.Box 500631 San Diego, CA 92150-0631

Grant Winners for 2013

Pro-life organizations have been on our radar for many years, yet Alternatives Women’s Center, with all the work they put into attaining their AAAHC accreditation (involving meeting standards of 500 different criteria, akin to that required of surgical centers) and which is setting a new standard for Christian and other pregnancy centers, is really exciting to us. Add to that, a greater influence in the community at large with their push for a strong STI/STD preventive program—a holistic approach to women’s lives—that will affect their families, friends, and communities.

IMG_1645“Women who come into Alternatives for a pregnancy test often find they are not pregnant and are so relieved they turn off their listening ears to further education concerning the importance of STI/STD testing, sexual health, and integrity. They do not realize that their behaviors will affect their sexual health even as far as fertility. The STI infection rate is so ubiquitous it is affecting the fertility and general health of the overall population. Currently over 90 million people in the United States have a sexually transmitted disease.”

The SEEDS grant money provided the start up costs needed for a strong preventive program that will make a difference in our community and continue to serve as a model for other women’s centers. Alternatives spends 90 minutes with each client; it is in this context, and every subsequent visit, that they share how God views each girl, how special they are made by Him, and that He desires a personal relationship with them.

KibbutzyBNgProject Canaan is a 2,500-acre, large-scale land development project in Swaziland being designed by business people to come alongside Africans and bring expertise, resources, and heart together to help them find a holistic solution to a complex set of issues. PC will provide training and employment, grow large amounts of food to stimulate the local economy and allow for export. They work with dozens of HIV/AIDS women, either widowed or abandoned, who are vulnerable to predators of all kinds yet doing their best to stay alive and care for their children. Pictured here is the Sicalo Lesisha Kibbutz (meaning “New Beginning” or “Fresh Start”), built to provide these widows and abandoned mothers with a safe and secure home for themselves and their children in a sustainable environment. Our SEEDS gift contributed to the construction of 1 1/2 units.

Grant Winners for 2012

IMG_0236Generate Hope helps trafficked young women discover a future of freedom. GH is the only residential recovery program in San Diego County that also provides an education and training program to empower the formerly trafficked women to grow in confidence and independence. Through long-term housing, education, and rehabilitation, their faith-based program allows trafficking survivors to focus on rebuilding their lives free of anxiety about where they will sleep, what they will eat, or who will hit them next. Human trafficking enslaves people, today, in the 21st century. Young girls are abused, manipulated, and owned, and have no way out. GenerateHope provides a safe way out and a way to a new future . . . of freedom.

Our SEEDS gift went to help renovate an outbuilding with a couple of bedrooms expressly for women who are ready to transition back into the world.

100_1190Even though Moms In Prayer International is in our backyard, and many of us have participated in MIPI prayer meetings for our kids, we wanted to get a tour of the international offices. After all, MIPI reaches moms and children in over 140 countries all over the world. Fern Nichols, founder, walked us through the simple headquarters in the Poway auto park. Our SEEDS gift funded the translation or updating of 1000 MIPI booklets into 10 languages, booklets that teach mothers how to pray most effectively for their children and schools.

“Women all over the world are desperate to have access to the MIPI ministry Booklet in their own language. One mom calls it the ‘Joy Booklet,’ because using it as a guide to give her fears and worries about her children to the Lord with other moms, allows them all to be filled with God’s indescribable peace and joy! . . . Twenty years ago, an Egyptian pastor smuggled the booklet into his country, translated it, and wept as he shared that this was the only book that had been written just for the women of his country. (It needs revision after 20 years.) In Tanzania this year the booklets sold out too quickly and left many mothers without. A Ugandan woman shared, ‘Our children are safe nowhere. Not at home, not at school, not in the neighborhoods. We are going back with MIP and changing history in our country.’” The MIPI Booklet is teaching a world of mothers to pray.

Grant Winners for 2011

100_1178Solutions for Change is an exciting, innovative ministry whose mission is to “solve family homelessness one family, one community, at a time.” We were impressed by the long-term commitment  (1,000 days) that is resulting in families breaking cycles of unemployment, poor life choices, and entitlement. We love the 3-stage housing that is provided, the professional counseling, the career and resumé direction, and the obvious respect with which the families coming off the streets are being treated. Pictured here is a converted office that provides intake housing for homeless, Escondido, CA, families. Here they get accustomed to early rising and plenty of KP duty (founder Chris Megison is a former Marine). When they’re ready, they are invited to move to the second stage housing in their own 1-bedroom apartment, sharing a kitchen with another family, not far away. After 1,000 days of working, training, finding a job, becoming established and building hope, they move to housing in the community.

SFC_VanOur SEEDS gift was used for a van to help get children to school, families to church, applicants to job interviews, etc. Look closely and you’ll see our name on the back of the lift gate. (Update, May 2018: The van continues to fulfill everyone’s expectations. It’s in use every single day!)

 

Global Hope Network used our SEEDS gift to support 12 Community Health Workers serving 4 Kenyan villages. While it’s sometimes more tangible to fund vans or buildings, we’ve learned that often the most helpful and sustainable project we can underwrite is a person who will be trained, who can then train others, who will train others, etc. Global Hope’s CHWs are “mamas” in rural villages who have been taught the core principles of holistic health. Because they are “one of their own” they are welcomed by the villagers and able to first identify the needs, then help address the 5 areas of sustainability—water, food, wellness, family income, and education.

Grant Winners for 2010

Several of our Board members were familiar with Reality Changers, a group making significant changes in the lives of local at-risk kids. Under the leadership of Chris Yanov, they have given themselves to the gargantuan task of challenging young teenagers from depressed communities to buckle down in their respective schools, to work on their people skills, and to cooperate with tutors to get through rigorous classes and college scholarship applications. The results? Since its inception in 2001, 100% of participants meeting the program’s expectations have been accepted to four-year universities, even though less than 3% of adult residents in Reality Changers’ locality have a college diploma.

Reality changers has become California’s leading college prep tutoring program, helping deserving students secure over $2,000,000 in scholarships. (The students have earned over $10,000,000 in financial aid from all sources.)

Mission Generation knocked our socks off with the power of their presence in Bolivia! They have created curricula to use in public schools (K-12) to cover the basics of a subject and interject, where appropriate, a biblical worldview and the Gospel. Students, parents, and teachers are reacting with great interest. The material is so well done that the Bolivian government has mandated its use in the public schools! For $1 we can buy one textbook for one student.

 

Grant Winners for 2009

Purple Palace’s request in their proposal was for a large van to ferry the kids in their care to school, to sports, to church, and to other activities. They are accustomed to making do with older vehicles and have mechanics who help keep them runing, but their ‘youngest’ van is 13 years old. We were so pleased when co-founders Tyler and Connie Youngkin confirmed that the gift SEEDS gave them will be enough to buy a really good, slightly used, van!

 

GogoGrandmothers requested funds to introduce a soy crop into a small village in Malawi. The grandmothers (and grandfathers) there, who are caring for their own and others’ orphaned grandchildren, grow maize (corn) primarily and are in need of a crop with greater food value – thus, soy, full of protein, easy to grow, but difficult to process. Gogo Grandmothers provides the seeds, the training, and the motivation that will not only provide this nutritious grain for these AIDS-orphaned children but will also introduce a new avenue for entrepreneurship.