Who We Are - GHCOP
Agency Award Recipients 2019

Agencies We Support _______________________________________________

Since our inception in 2002, the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program has been assisting deserving non-profit agencies in Indian River County. For the 2019-20 season, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce $420,141 in Grants have been awarded to 36 non-profit agencies. In addition, $5,000 was donated in April to the United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Our distribution of funds all went to support our mission to address the unmet needs of groups and individuals in the area of health, education and human services in Indian River County. Whenever possible we try to support our Gifford neighbors.

The GHCOP Grant process began September 1 when the Philanthropy Committee invited non-profits in IRC to submit a Grant application. By the October 15, 2019 deadline 39 applications had been received. A team of volunteers then carefully reviewed each application and met on site with senior management and Board representatives to discuss the application and specific request. Agency specific financial reports were reviewed by our financial analysts. After much committee consideration a final recommendation was presented to the GHCOP Board in March for approval. The approved Grants fall into the 3 categories shown below.

We are currently living in uncertain times and we cannot stress enough how grateful we are for the support the Grand Harbor community has shown Outreach. Because of your generosity we have an extraordinary chance to make a difference in our county where more than half of our residents live below the federal poverty line or are among the working poor.

Education $193,000 - 45% _____________________________________________

Big Brothers Big Sisters: $8,500 to allow BBBS to serve more than 500 IRC children in school and site-based mentoring. Caring one-to-one mentors help kids learn, share new experiences and grow exponentially. The focus is on Pre-K through Grade 3.

Childcare Resources: $25,000 to subsidize high quality childcare for working parents with incomes between 150% and 200% of the federal poverty level. This agency promotes the highest quality childhood development and education for economically challenged families.

Crossover Mission: $25,000 to sustain and grow their after-school program. Crossover Mission works to redirect at-risk youth ages 8-18 in IRC through a year-round community youth recreational activity enrichment program.

Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center: $2,000 to provide educational, recreational, job training and enrichment opportunities for at-risk youth in the form of after school and summer programs. This agency is located in Wabasso.

Economic Opportunities Council: $10,000 to fund the Early Bird pre-school program for children aged 2 to 3 at St. Helen’s Head Start Center in Gifford.

Education Foundation of IRC, Inc: $15,000 to support their Success Through Science Program to advance the IR Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The Education Foundation raises private funds to support teachers and students in the IRC public schools with training and supplies that are not otherwise available through the school district. Grand Harbor volunteers often act as judges at the Science Fair.

Feed the Lambs: $9,000 to provide after school tutoring, enrichment and mentoring to underprivileged children at Oslo Middle School and The Preserve at Oslo.

Gifford Youth Achievement Center: $32,000 to support the After-School Education Program. This program provides homework assistance, tutoring, educational enrichment activities and cultural, social and recreational opportunities to children of all ages. This core program serves over 160 students.

Healthy Start Coalition: $6,500 to fund the purchase of books for the Language Nutrition Programs: Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families.  Healthy Start’s Mission is to develop and maintain a support system of care to optimize the health of mothers, babies and their families in IRC.

Kindergarten Readiness Coalition: $12,500 to fund the Family Connection Center in Gifford where families and community organizations come together in a nurturing environment. This impacts the lives of over 200 children ages birth to age 5.

Literacy Services of the Treasure Coast: $6,500 to support the 1-on-1 literacy tutoring program for local adults ages 16 and older. Literacy Services is the safety net for adults to improve their literacy skills and helps them get better jobs, engage in their children’s education and become active participants in the community.

Miss B’s Learning Bees: $6,500 to support their one-on-one tutoring program for at-risk youth of all ages to help them reach proficiency in core subjects.

Ocean Research & Conservation
Association (ORCA): $12,500
to support the Living Lagoon Program that provides elementary and middle school students at Title 1 schools in IRC an opportunity to participate in educational programs, scientific research and restoration efforts pertaining to the Indian River Lagoon through interactive STEAM activities.

The Learning Alliance: $10,000 to fund a third-grade interventionist at Dodgertown Elementary School in Gifford. The Learning Alliance is focused on successful school and literacy programs with the goal of having 90% of IRC students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.

Youth Guidance Donation Fund of IRC: $12,000 to fund the STEAM Mentoring Academy that prepares youth ages 5-15 who come from low-income, single parent homes and mentors to work together in groups. Group mentors are matched with small groups of children for a 7-week semester, meeting weekly. Several Grand Harbor residents volunteer as mentors.

  They provide professional development, tutoring, summer literacy, enrichment and parent education programs.  Several Grand Harbor residents are Learning Alliance tutors.

Financial Stability $135,000 - 32%________________________________________

Camp Haven: $12,000 to support professional counseling for clients in the Pathways to Purposeful Life, Financial Stability Program. Camp Haven provides a residential setting for homeless men to regain financial independence and self-esteem leading to full time employment. They have a structured program of counseling in social and relationship skills, vocational and educational opportunities and reconnecting with their communities in a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc./Samaritan Center: $12,000
to support the services of a mental health counselor who provides therapy and emotional support as well as parental training, medical and psychological referrals and life skills workshops. The Samaritan Center is a separate program in Vero Beach managed by Catholic Charities. Homeless families can stay up to two years where this highly structured program’s primary focus is on promoting healthy family values and employment discipline leading to economic independence.

Children’s Home Society: $10,000: to fund the Transitional Living Center in Vero Beach. The TLC is a residential program for homeless youth ages 18-23 who have aged out of foster care. The program provides a safe environment to complete high school or a GED, receive training in life skills and assistance in finding employment opportunities. CHS is the oldest private social services organization in FL providing a wide variety of services to children at-risk.

Hibiscus Children’s Center: $18,000 to support the Career Pathways to Independence Program at the Hibiscus Children’s Village in Vero Beach. This wrap-around education program provides individualized assistance to children whose traumatic experiences have virtually halted the educational process. 

This program helps foster teens increase attendance and engagement in school, make academic progress and graduate with skills, knowledge and exposure to pursue post secondary options or careers.

 Habitat for Humanity of IRC: $7,500 to sponsor the construction of a new Grand Harbor Habitat home. Many Grand Harbor residents volunteer at the Habitat building site and the Re-Store.

Hope for Families: $20,000 to support a portion of the shelter budget focused on various activities identified specifically for children. Hope for Families has a simple mission to provide safe shelter, food and assistance in financial literacy: securing employment, saving money, and moving into permanent housing. 64% of their residents are children.

I am Ministries, the Source: $15,000 to support the Dining with Dignity Culinary Program, a 12-week comprehensive program that incorporates industry standard culinary training with financial literacy, employment preparation, career exploration and on-the-job training based on the client’s individual needs. The Source helps the homeless and working poor weather crises in their lives by providing hot meals, showers, case management and classes. They partner with local restaurants to provide supplemental training and/or employment.

Place of Hope, Inc. $5,500 to pay for the training and licensing of foster parents in IRC (Homes of Hope). Presently, due to the lack of foster homes in our county, children have to be relocated to other counties to provide placement. Place of Hope is dedicated to providing stable and loving family environments for children and youth. They provide family-style foster care (emergency and long term) for hard to place and other special needs foster children, family outreach and intervention, comprehensive maternity care, safety for victims of labor and sex trafficking and transitional housing and support services, foster care recruitment and support for children and families. They serve 340 children and youth on a daily basis.

United Against Poverty: $25,000 to support the Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). STEP serves unemployed adults with barriers to employment such as little or no work history, substance abuse and/or mental health and criminal background issues. Through a three-phase program, participants are motivated and trained to find and keep a job. Nearly 1,000 families a day can access services at the new UP Center.

Veterans Council of Indian River County: $10,000
to fund the Upward American Veterans Program. The program provides basic emergency funds for qualified veterans and their families to help them with short-term needs. The Veterans Council is a collection of 24 veterans’ organizations in IRC and over 40 non-veterans entities that actively support veterans.


Health and Special Needs $92,141 - 22% _________________________________

Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of IRC: $16,000 to help support the Gifford Community Program that brings caregiver support, memory and movement programs and dementia education to Gifford residents free of charge.

Mental Health Association in Indian River County: $5,000 to help provide child and adolescent services. This year they served 1,179 individuals at the Walk-In & Counseling Center, completed 2,045 Psycho-Educational Interventions at the Boys & Girls Clubs of IRC and reached 970 students through their School Violence and Suicide Prevention Program.

Our Father’s Table: $10,000 to replace the steam table crucial to preparing meals in the Soup Kitchen that feeds low income and food insecure people in Gifford.  Our Father’s Table provided 30,187 meals this year.

Senior Resource Center: $10,000 to the Meals On Wheels Waitlist Relief Program providing a vital daily hot meal and wellness check to low-income homebound seniors. SRA promotes independence and dignity in IRC by providing services to older adults and free countywide transportation to all. These additional services include case management, adult day care, nutritional education, counseling and emergency home energy assistance.

Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, Inc: $5,741 to provide Horse Powered Reading and Equine Assisted Learning to first graders with learning challenges at Dodgertown Elementary School in Gifford.

Substance Awareness: $8,000 to support the peer-based Recovery Assistance and Peer Program. These services are primarily through peer outreach programming at the Indian River County Jail and the Recovery Assistance Program homes serving many inmates as part of the re-entry process from incarceration.

Sunshine Rehabilitation Center of IRC: $9,000 to support staff salaries and clinic overhead for the Sunshine Kids Program. This program provides free multi-disciplinary rehabilitation services for all children regardless of insurance status. The Sunshine Physical Therapy Clinic is a non-profit independent outpatient rehabilitation center that provides services to IRC residents by offering professional rehabilitation services to children and adults.

The ARC of IRC: $12,400 to purchase 100 chairs for the Adult Day Training Program. The ARC supports and empowers individuals with special needs to achieve their life goals. They operate residential group homes, provide employment training and job services, counseling and transportation to over 200 adults daily with a variety of disabilities.

Tykes & Teens, Inc.: $10,000 to expand the “Little TYKES “(Teaching Young Children Emotionally & Socially) program that uses evidence-based interventions to mitigate the effects of trauma in young children and build the capacity of childcare staff to respond appropriately to young children exposed to trauma. They also provide services to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) dependency system to facilitate successful family reunification.

VNA of IRC: $6,000 to provide home health care through the Medicaid –Eligible Patient Care Program. This program is the VNA’s critical safety net for an estimated 120 home health patients. These clients are under age 65 and either underinsured or without health insurance or funds to pay for their health care. The VNA provides compassionate, innovative care for patients needing home health, hospice and community services.