25th Annual Charity Ball Recipients:
Crisis Ministries ~ provides food, shelter and hope to end homelessness and hunger one person at a time, one family at a time. Crisis Ministries includes a family center, men’s shelter, soup kitchen and food rescue program, health clinic, chaplaincy program, and social programs designed to help clients develop skills necessary to be successful outside of the clinic. Proceeds from the Silent Auction with help fund the Homeless Health Clinic, which meets the needs of Charleston’s homeless population by providing care for acute illnesses and chronic conditions. (***Crisis Ministries has been a perpetual recipient since the launch of Charity Ball***)
The Community Center at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church ~ serves those in need by encouraging unity, respect, and self-reliance through job and life skills training, technology instruction and English language acquisition. The Center operates three flagship programs: the AS Kids afterschool feeding and enrichment program, ESL instruction, and the Emergency Food Pantry. The Center also operates many other programs to benefit the community. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will help fund the Center’s 2012 Holiday Care Bags project, which provides homebound, low income seniors receiving Meals on Wheels assistance through the Charleston Area Senior Citizens with care bags that can help make their winters a little warmer and holidays a little more joyful.
HALOS ~ provides resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations, Proceeds from the silent auction will be used to support the Critical Goods Program, which serves approximately 500 child victims of abuse and neglect each year. Due to the recent ban on cribs with drop-down sides, there has been a shortage in usable donations of these items. Therefore, these funds would help purchase new cribs, playpens, and car seats, which could potentially help meet the requirements to keep children with relatives rather than entering an overburdened foster care system.
Lutheran Hospice – Lowcountry ~ promotes the well being of older adults by providing residential health care and hospice services. Lutheran Hospice focuses on providing quality, compassionate care to patients and families at the end-of-life. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be used to meet the basic needs of hospice patients who have no payor source; do not quality for Medicare or Medicaid; do not have private insurance and/or have little or no personal financial resources.
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity ~ provides safe and affordable housing for low-income working families in need from James Island to Edisto Island, SC; and to make decent housing a matter of conscience in our community. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will support the Critical Repair Program, which provides extensive interior or exterior home repair work needed to alleviate critical health and safety issues or to correct code violations. Most of the homeowners are seniors who live alone and earn below 80% of the area median income, making it impossible for them to complete these much needed repairs without assistance.
MUSC Student Initiatives
CARES Clinic ~ provides healthcare to uninsured in the greater Charleston metropolitan area
Crisis Ministries Wednesday Night Clinic ~ serves the residents at Crisis Ministries and addresses their health care needs
FIGHT for SIGHT ~ provides screening’s for those who cannot afford vision care in the community