March 24, 2017 — Today the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) announces it will grant $70,000 to four organizations that are lifting people from poverty and oppression in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The grants – which go into effect this month – will be made to Crossroads Ministries, Inc.; Emmaus House; the Housing Initiative of North Fulton, Inc./HomeStretch; and Lost-n-Found Youth.
“These grants demonstrate ECF’s commitment to support Episcopal parishes and their nonprofit partners in the Diocese of Atlanta that combat issues related to poverty and oppression, while providing Episcopalians with opportunities for spiritual growth through compassionate service,” said Lindsey Hardegree, executive director of ECF. “This funding from ECF will be used as a catalyst for significant, sustainable ministries and partnerships across middle and north Georgia and will change the lives of individuals, families, and communities long-term.”
Lost-n-Found Youth will receive $15,000 towards funding a new Youth Drop-In Center in Midtown Atlanta which will increase their capacity for homeless LGBTQ youths and open up their current location for revenue-generating opportunities. Lost-n-Found Youth’s internship program with The Road, a program of the Episcopal Service Corps of Atlanta, brings a social justice view and a spiritual connection to their services, allowing youth who may have previously felt rejected by their church to reconnect with religion or spirituality, and their partnership with All Saints’ Episcopal Church facilitates volunteer leadership, especially among the parish’s GALAS (Gays and Lesbians for All Saints’) group.
About Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia
Founded in 1982 as theEpiscopal Charities Foundation, the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia (ECF) provides funding, leadership and resources to enable Episcopal parishes and nonprofit partners to lift up people facing poverty and oppression and to achieve significant, long-lasting impact in the Diocese of Atlanta. Since its inception, ECF has donated more than $4 million to promote thriving and spiritually strong individuals, families, and communities locally. Learn more at www.ecfatlanta.org.
About The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
The Diocese of Atlanta was created in 1907 and serves the cities, towns, and communities in Middle and North Georgia. Led by the Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, it is comprised of 110 welcoming worship communities. Our purpose is to challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually. Learn more at www.episcopalatlanta.org.
Lindsey E. Hardegree, Executive Director
Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia