Local Mission Grants - December 2018
GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER II Corinthians 9:7
At our quarterly meeting on December 6, the Local Mission Committee made the following grants from the Virginia Cook Trust Fund:
Calmer Choice $9,000. Calmer Choice Founder, President, and Director Fiona Jensen brought with her to our meeting a young woman named Cara Yuen who is the Orleans Elementary School Librarian, now trained, thanks to our donations last year, to be a Calmer Choice teacher. Cara was enthusiastic about the Calmer Choice curriculum and its positive effect on kids. Fiona noted that Yale, MIT, and Tufts studies of Calmer Choice results have yielded some highly positive results which are in the process of being published. We were impressed by the promise mindfulness training holds out of helping young kids to deal with the stresses they face these days and to avoid confrontations, drug abuse, and suicide later in their lives.
Latham Centers $4,200. Heather Kelsey, Director of Development at Latham Centers, told us about the substantial and lifelong benefits that music provides to students at Latham Centers who suffer from complex behavioral and emotional challenges. Under the guidance of an enthusiastic new music teacher, the school hopes to provide opportunities for students to participate in an expanded Therapeutic and Performing Arts program not currently funded in the Latham budget. Until a new Community Center is built, they have to rent space for rehearsing and performing; they also want to bring in some professional musicians to inspire the kids; and they have to pay for extra staff to provide direct support to the kids, many of whom have Prader-Will syndrome and require constant monitoring.
Cape Mediation $4000: Cape Mediation requested this grant to continue their Orleans District Court program and specifically to provide a Court Coordinator for Summary Process cases. They mediate 100% of the court-referred cases to resolve small claims and landlord/tenant conflicts for the Lower Cape. In FY 2018 76% of the cases agreed to mediation and 78% of those reached agreement. There is no charge for this service. They are peacemakers in our community providing a free and valuable service to the people of the Lower and Outer Cape.
Nauset Together We Can (Youth After School program) $7000. Kyle Wibby, Executive Director, brought us up to speed on the progress the after-school program in Orleans has made. Average attendance is up to 17 middle school students a day. Their facilitator, Jean, has been with them for four years now and is very, very good at attracting kids and keeping them interested. The monthly paint program is popular with both middle and high school students. Jean has a new assistant who is trained in theater and related arts. They will continue meeting in the Old Firehouse for the foreseeable future.
Homeless Prevention Council $2500. Last May HPC asked for $12,500 but we were only able to give them $10,000 at that time. The current donation completes their request.
Donations from the Church’s Local Mission Outreach Fund (A-11 in the church budget) Champ Homes $500. Alzheimer’s Family Support Center $500. Independence House $500. This donation will be earmarked for use at the new Orleans Office, which serves clients from the Lower and Outer Cape. Housing Assistance Corporation $200. Prayer Shawl Wool. $200.
If anyone knows of a worthwhile local cause, please notify a member of the Local Mission Committee: Dallas Jones, Bea Auty, Jean Colby, Suzanne Calsson, or Carol Richardson.