August 8, 2019— (Wilmington, DE) — The Casa San Francisco program, of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and its Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support (FACES) program. Funding will purchase transportation services from local vendors so that clients can attend appointments, apply for jobs, and attend job interviews.
Casa San Francisco, in Milton Delaware, is a 12-bed emergency shelter, giving single adults a 30-day stay in which to find the necessary supports to end their homelessness. During their residence, clients work with a case manager to identify their individual needs and develop an action plan to meet those needs. The Casa case manager empowers clients by referring them to appropriate community services, supporting and encouraging any attempt at employment, and helping them to plan for more permanent housing once their shelter stay ends. The case manager also coordinates integrated health services with state service centers and appropriate drug, alcohol, mental health agencies, and medical facilities.
“We are grateful to the Freeman Foundation and the FACES program for this funding,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. “We know that lack of transportation is a leading service gap for the homeless. Sussex County also has limited evening and weekend public transportation services, and transit service between urban and rural areas. These shortages prevent Casa clients from accessing jobs in the suburbs and rural areas in Sussex County. The funding we have received from the FACES program will empower our clients in their journey towards self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation commits its time, talent and treasure to facilitate, support and promote innovative community-based leadership and giving. Founded in 2000 in Delaware, the FACES program is designed to find and fund the smaller, overlooked projects in our neighborhoods – and their grants are limited to nonprofit programs with operating budgets of $500,000 or less in Sussex County.
Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities delivers critical direct care human services to over 80,000 individuals and families residing in Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ability to pay. Services provide help for people that result in positive changes in their daily lives and create strong and productive individuals and families.
Contact: Wenona Sutton