Several Catholic organizations will receive money from the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley to help women become economically self-sufficient, the foundation announced in December.
The foundation announced a total of $208,673 in grants to area programs in Monroe, Wayne, Orleans, Genesee and Ontario counties.
A collaborative partnership between Monroe Community College and Rochester’s Catholic Family Center will receive $67,870 to allow women to take a one-credit college course offered jointly by the two organizations. Program mentors will meet with individuals to connect them with services and move them toward economic self-sufficiency.
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center in Rochester will receive $68,700 to build a network of service and support around women who are the heads of low-income households. Although a portion of the program will be individualized, there also will be common requirements, including regular meetings with mentors and peers, participation in the Women’s Self-Esteem program, creation of budgets, preparation of wills and health-care proxies, and establishment of banking services.
A $10,000 grant was given to Catholic Charities of Wayne County’s College Bound program to help girls from disadvantaged families in eastern and central Wayne County go to college. The funding comes from the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation.