Spanish American Committee to Continue Good Works with Four Recently Awarded Grants

September 10, 2015

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2015

Spanish American Committee to Continue Good Works with Four Recently Awarded Grants

CLEVELAND - The Spanish American Committee (SAC) for a Better Community announced today that they have recently been awarded four separate grants to continue funding two of their most important programs, as well as two new outreach programs.  The “Mi Casa” home-ownership program received grant funding from Bank of America; the employment assistance program received funding from the Thomas H. White Foundation; SAC will be working on a Lead Safe Living -Healthy Homes Program through funding from the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health; and through funding from Environment Health Watch, SAC will be providing assistance to their BUILDHealth Challenge; Engaging Community in New Approaches to Healthy Housing.

“We are beyond pleased with the support that these funders are providing to our agency,” said Ramonita Vargas, Executive Director of SAC. “It is through these grants and the support of our many community partners that we have been able to provide social service programs for 49 years.”

The Bank of America Charitable Foundations Community Development $10,000.00 grant will be used to fund SACs existing Mi Casa Housing Counseling Program. Mi Casa assists clients by getting them ready to buy a home, rebuild their credit, and/or save their homes from foreclosure. 

The $18,000.00 grant from the Thomas H. White Foundation will provide additional funding for SACs existing employment assistance programming. The goal of the employment assistance program is to serve at least 200 participants per year in the job readiness program through bimonthly Workforce Development workshops to gain employability skills; resume preparation/mock interviews;job placement andjob matching assistance;career coaching;retention and follow-up services; and financial literacy counseling.

The $25,000 grant awarded by the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH) marks a partnership between SAC and CDPH in the Lead Safe Living - Healthy Homes Program. The grant will fund community outreach that will increase lead poisoning awareness education in Ward 14 via presentations at public/charter schools and Early Childhood Enrichment Centers.

Environmental Health Watch’s $5,000 grant will provide funding so that SAC can assist in their BUILDHealth Challenge; Engaging Community in New Approaches to Healthy Housing. SACs role will include engaging the target Latino community to promote awareness of the project; provide support for home inspections by providing translations as necessary; connecting local families affected by unhealthy housing to the project’s healthy home intervention program; and more.

To learn more about the Spanish American Committee for a Better Community and its programs please call (216) 961-2100.

For interview requests, media should ask for Ramonita Vargas, Executive Director.

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