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Grants Awarded

2018 Cycle 2

The following organizations were awarded grants from the CPPS Heritage Mission Fund in Cycle 2 of 2018. We wish them every success in the accomplishment of their goals in serving God’s people. Click on the organization names to visit their websites.

(See 2018 Cycle 1 Grant Awardees)


Asociacion para el Desarrollo de la Familia Guatemalteca (PROMAB)
Project: Provide mental health services in marginated areas around Guatemala City through clinical attention for adults, adolescents and children.
Organization Mission: The purpose of the association is to study, analyze, propose and implement programs and projects aimed at solving human problems with respect to the person and the family. The association promotes academic development, family counseling, and psychological support that allows the integral development of the person and the family.


Asociacion para el Desarrollo de la Familia Guatemalteca – Santa Rosita Study Circle
Project: Santa Rosita Study Circle
Organization Mission: The purpose of the association is to study, analyze, propose and implement programs and projects aimed at solving human problems with respect to the person and the family. The association promotes academic development, family counseling, and psychological support that allows the integral development of the person and the family.


Association for the Development of Children of Guatemala
Project: Construction of Six Additional Classrooms
Organization Mission: Graduate children & young adults in an ecological environment with technical knowledge & integral principles so they can adapt, compete & support themselves in a new globalized culture. We teach respect, care, & appreciation of our natural resources.


Brigid’s Path
Project: Delivering Hope
Organization Mission: Brigid’s Path provides medical care for drug-exposed newborns, non-judgmental support for mothers, and education services to improve family outcomes.


Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga Foundation
Project: Facilitation of Purchase of Training Equipment for Teenage Mothers at St. Charles Lwanga for Improved Livelyhood
Organization Mission: To rehabilitate and develop children in special circumstances from streets or out of school due to socioeconomic and psychological factors through non formal and formal vocational training and community interventions based on christian values of charity and love.


Brunner Literacy Center
Project: Tutoring for Low-Literate Adults
Organization Mission: The Brunner Literacy Center (BLC) is a welcoming place for adults to reach their educational dreams. The BLC provides tutoring and educational support to Dayton adults who need to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, math and conversational English. Improving literacy is a necessary first step on the path to a better life. The BLC provides each student with a personal tutor dedicated to helping them reach their individual goals, textbooks and a safe space to learn. Typical student goals include earning the GED or a professional license, becoming a U.S. Citizen, or obtaining stable employment that pays a living wage.


California Conference of Catholic Bishops
Project: Train-the-Trainer Convening: Bereavement Ministry for Crime Victims/Survivors
Organization Mission: The mission of the California Catholic Conference (CCC) is to advocate with the legislative, administrative and judicial branches of state government for the Catholic Church’s public policy agenda and to facilitate common pastoral efforts.


Capacitar International, Inc.
Project: Trauma Healing and Transformation Training Project
Organization Mission: Capacitar’s mission is to heal ourselves and heal our world. We teach simple wellness practices that enable people tap into the wisdom of their own body, mind and spirit, empowering them to heal themselves from stress and trauma. They can then work to heal their families and communities, promoting reconciliation and peace. Capacitar is especially committed to countries and communities affected by violence, natural disasters and poverty.


Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, Inc.
Project: Equipment for Helping Hands of St. Louis Outreach Center
Organization Mission: Catholic Charities makes real the love that God has for each individual regardless of faith or background by serving the poor, advocating for the neglected and forgotten, respecting and promoting life from beginning to end, and nurturing and supporting individuals and families.


Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
Project: Immigration Legal Services
Organization Mission: Enlighten the community to see God’s love for the poor. Catholic Charities is not limited to the staff performing human services. Our larger purpose is to provide for the faithful of the Archdiocese and the community to serve the poor. Our first action is outreach to volunteers and parishes to actively participate in our programs and to both understand and live Catholic Social Doctrine. Serve the community to in turn serve the vulnerable. We serve and we invite the community to serve the poor, just as Jesus invited us to do as He washed the feet of the apostles. Empower the community so all God’s Children rise from spiritual and material poverty.


Catholic Mobilizing Network
Project: Restorative Justice Initiative: Prisons, Poverty, and Participation
Organization Mission: Catholic Mobilizing Network is a national organization working in close collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and living the mission of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Through education, advocacy, and prayer, Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s pro-life teaching and prepares Catholics for informed involvement in the public debate to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice.


Central American Martyrs Center/Su Casa Catholic Worker
Project: Chicago Migrant Solidarity and Accompaniment Project
Organization Mission: The Central American Martyrs Center/Su Casa’s mission is to care for each other by creating a community of hospitality and healing for families in crisis in the Catholic Worker tradition. As we work to fulfill this mission, we are guided by and practice these core values: Hospitality: Our bilingual home welcomes families experiencing homelessness; Community: We work and live together in a spiritual intentional community. Solidarity and Community Outreach: We serve our neighbors, near and far. Simplicity: We live simply. We volunteer and share our gifts, and we learn together. Nonviolence: We resist systemic violence, injustice, and oppression. Kairos: We find opportunity for action in times of crisis.


Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, Inc.
Project: Prevention of Children Trafficked for Beggary
Organization Mission: With our founder, St. Daniel Comboni, as an inspiration since our beginning 150 years ago, we work for the full development of the human person. We do this through evangelization, education, and advocacy until those we minister to can take over those roles &151; not just for themselves but for others in need.


DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Project: Food Insecurity for Students
Organization Mission: To transform students into high school and college graduates by helping them realize their full potential. Its Catholic, college-preparatory curriculum and innovative work study program combine to form young women and men of integrity, faith, tenacity and purpose.


Diocese of Gikongoro-Rwanda, Inc.
Project: Diversification of income through livestock production and improved agriculture at John Paul II Minor Seminary of Gikongoro diocese
Organization Mission: Propagate the Good News of Jesus Christ to Christians and non-Christians in the diocese, especially financing the projects that promote the integral human development through counseling, charitable and missionary works, education support seminarians and priests, provide loans and medicine, food resources to needy communities, build facilities for pilgrimage at Kibeho and advocacy.


Dream Builders Group, Inc.
Project: Piqua Clubhouse: new site extension
Organization Mission: Clubhouse offers unique services through teens to at-risk 2-6 graders in the Miami Valley Area since 1988. Giving teens leadership to run free, after-school + summer program for families who cannot afford childcare. Our focus is developing teens to impact their communities in mentoring children.


EarthLinks
Project: EarthLinks Workshop
Organization Mission: EarthLinks cultivates transformation and self-worth with people experiencing homelessness and poverty. By creating opportunities through Earth-centered programs, individuals step out of isolation and into community – restoring each other and the planet.


Food for the Journey Project
Project: Mobile Kitchen
Organization Mission: Affirm our connection to one another in humanity by feeding all who are hungry.


Friends in Solidarity, Inc.
Project: Friends in Solidarity – Organizational Capacity Building
Organization Mission: Friends in Solidarity is a collaborative ministry initiated by Institutes of Women and Men Religious in the United States supporting the people of Africa, especially South Sudan, through capacity building initiatives that include the training of teachers, health care professionals and pastoral teams. Compelled by the suffering of our African brothers and sisters, we are committed to raising awareness of their situation and working in collaboration with the Church in Africa as it accompanies, equips and empowers the people to create a sustainable future where their full human potential may be realized.


Harmony, Hope & Healing
Project: Music Programming for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Adults
Organization Mission: Harmony, Hope & Healing creates a safe environment where vulnerable individuals and families heal and rebuild through the restorative power of music.


Homefull
Project: Homefull Family Stability Project
Organization Mission: To work to end homelessness by providing housing, services, advocacy and education.


Horizon Community Engagement Corp.
Project: Horizon Prison Initiative
Organization Mission: Horizon’s mission is to transform prisoners who transform prisons and communities. Horizon Prison Initiative provides an emotionally safe place for incarcerated men and women to discover and practice a new way to live.


Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton
Project: Forum for Young Hispanic Catholic Leaders
Organization Mission: To work in partnership with diverse Catholic Hispanic faith communities for creating varied types of young Hispanic adult ministry support initiatives to educate for depth faith, community and leadership formation. By nurturing community bridges, we strive to mobilize strategic partners for offering quality pastoral ministry and educational services particularly focus on young Catholic Hispanic Youth.


Instituto del Rincon AC
Project: Program for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation in Rural Mexico
Organization Mission: The Corner Institute’s mission is the promotion of our region’s educational and economic development, giving priority to programs benefiting those in greatest need.


Isabella Community Soup Kitchen
Project: Upgrade Building
Organization Mission: We exist to share free meals in a warm safe environment where all are welcome.


Joseph’s Home
Project: Medical Respite Care for Acutely Ill Homeless Men
Organization Mission: Joseph’s Home, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, provides a nurturing, caring environment for men without resources who have acute medical needs, helping them heal and achieve independence.


Living Waters International, Inc.
Project: Construction of Girls’ Hostel at Kange-Muheza District in Tanga Region of Tanzania
Organization Mission: The mission of Living Waters International is to assist in the procurement of funds for Roman Catholic missionary congregations and dioceses to advance their missionary work in Africa. The organization for whom this application is requested is Tanga Don Bosco Technical Secondary School of the Catholic Diocese of Tanga. Its mission is to offer vocational education integrated with Gospel values to support those in most need.


Livingston County Catholic Charities
Project: Substance Abuse Counseling
Organization Mission: The Mission of Livingston County Catholic Charities is the work of the Catholic Church, to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.


Mercy Manor, Inc.
Project: Recovery House for Women
Organization Mission: Provide a safe, spiritual residence for women with histories of homelessness, abuse, mental health, incarceration, alcohol and drug addiction, while they re-establish themselves into the local community.


Oak Tree Corner, Inc.
Project: Sustainability, Succession and Success
Organization Mission: Oak Tree Corner provides a safe and caring community in which children and teens from the greater Dayton area can share the experience of the death of a love one with peers. And there, through guidance and support, they can develop inner strength for healthy living with loss.


OUR Home, Inc.
Project: Family Support Services
Organization Mission: Our Home’s mission is to assist people in their time of need, motivate them to develop and achieve their goals, and inspire their confidence and self-sufficiency.


Our Lady, Mother of Refugees St. Vincent de Paul Conference
Project: Our Lady, Mother of Refugees, St. Vincent de Paul Conference
Organization Mission: The Our Lady, Mother of Refugees Conference of the St. Vincent DePaul Society is chartered to serve refugees in our area by addressing their emergency needs and aid in assimilation. The Dayton District Council of St. Vincent de Paul, growing in spirituality and friendship, provides Christ-inspired person-to-person support in an empowering effort to improve the lives of those in personal, spiritual or material need.


Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
Project: Developing Entrepreneurial Skills
Organization Mission: Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation was inspired by the Spirituality of the Precious Blood “those who were once far off be brought near through the Blood of Christ”. (Eph.2:13).We are a ministry of healing and reconciliation. Our purpose is to provide a safe place for our south side Chicago neighborhood youth (14-24) and their families. We provide for the basic needs of food, housing support, and education. We also offer various programs according to the the needs and readiness of our participants.


Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development
Project: 8 Week Intensive Children’s Program
Organization Mission: To offer those with special needs the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential utilizing individualized neurodevelopmental, neuroeducational and wellness programs. To offer the general community the opportunity to increase their well being utilizing a variety of services within the wellness program.


Sacred Heart House of Denver
Project: Continuum of Services
Organization Mission: Sacred Heart House of Denver provides a Continuum of Services to homeless mothers with children & single women, enabling them to secure housing & become self-sufficient.


Sangre de Cristo Health Care Project
Project: Access to Primary Medical Care Services for Marginalized Communities
Organization Mission: The Sangre de Cristo Health Project has 3 focus areas of health education, disease prevention and direct curative services. The Project provides access to affordable primary health care and programs which assist the population to develop knowledge and skills to improve their own health and well-being. All services meet immediate health needs, as well as, provide a focus for implementing a healthier way of life, having a long term positive impact on the quality of life of local families.


Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio
Project: Project Hope- Proyecto Esperanza 2018-2019 Continued Expansion- Response to Influx of Immigration Help
Organization Mission: The Mission and Purpose of Project Hope, initiated in 2006, is: To assist immigrant working families in rural northwest Ohio to obtain legal immigration documents and to give them information about their rights and responsibilities for living in the United States.


St. Mary Development Corporation
Project: St. Mary Connect Program
Organization Mission: St. Mary Development Corporation, is a non-profit faith-based organization creating affordable independent-living communities for poor seniors in southwest Ohio. We work towards the day when all residents of southwest Ohio – especially the economically disadvantaged – have a decent, affordable place to live and become part of a community.


St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
Project: Third Session of Intensive Outpatient Program for Opiate Users
Organization Mission: In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center family is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus. As Caregivers we serve with a deep respect for the dignity and value of all persons, we are focused on quality care, dedicated to the poor, and committed to continuing education.


Thresholds in Delaware County, Inc.
Project: Support our entire program in 3 Correctional Facilities in Del. Co., PA
Organization Mission: We are a community of volunteers teaching decision-making skills to incarcerated individuals, empowering them to return to society as responsible members. By recruiting & training volunteers from the community to teach our 6-step decision making process program then matching each volunteer up with one inmate, Thresholds fosters an understanding of the prison population within the community & inmates benefit from a caring public who wants them to succeed when they return.


Ursuline Piazza, Inc.
Project: Strengthening Ursuline Piazza
Organization Mission: Educating and supporting HIV-positive people to live better, healthier lives.


We Care Arts
Project: ArtWORK
Organization Mission: We Care Arts believes that the healing power of creating and producing art transforms people with physical, emotional, intellectual and neurological challenges, making their lives rich with possibilities. We use art to engage persons at all levels of physical and cognitive ability to realize their personal potential.


Wesley Community Center
Project: Dayton Cooks!
Organization Mission: To meet the spiritual and basic needs of families of all ages, offering assistance in education and training, employment and human needs (food, clothing and shelter) in transitioning families toward self-sufficiency.



2018 Cycle 1


Affecting Community Transformation dba Oasis House
Project: Safe House Management
Organization Mission: Oasis House is a Christ-centered faith-based organization whose mission is to serve marginalized women in the Dayton, Ohio area who have been victims of sexual exploitation. Recognizing the dignity of all life and valuing the wholeness of person, our 501c(3) nonprofit seeks to respond to the unmet needs of these individuals by promoting healing, restoration, and empowerment through Christ’s unconditional love. By offering mentorship, shelter, and lessons in practical life skills, our goal is to help integrate these women back into the community after a journey of holistic healing in all phases of life.


Ai Tam Educational Organization Inc. (ATEO)
Project: Vehicle for Mobile Library Project
Organization Mission: Ai Tam’s (Loving Heart) mission statement is as follows: We, Ai Tam Educational Organization , believe that education is the key to success. We commit and dedicate ourselves: to provide opportunity for education, to promote lifetime learning, and to foster individual responsibility especially for underserved children and families in remote provinces of Viet Nam. Together we can ultimately build a sustainable community, strengthen family, and empower persons.


Catholic Outreach to Northern Ukraine
Project: CARITAS-SPES KHARKIV
Organization Mission: CONU (Catholic Outreach to Northern Ukraine) establishes spiritual and material partnerships between people in the USA and people in 2 dioceses of N Ukraine. There the Roman Catholic Church is still rebuilding after 70 years of suppression in the soviet era. During its 22 year history, CONU responded to many needs in Ukraine. CONU began as a sister parish project, grew into a national entity, & now is partnered with CARITAS-SPES, the Ukraine branch of Caritas International. This ensures that ministry receives ecclesial leadership, & needs can be discerned, prioritized, & supported in future years. Through prayer partnerships, pen pals, and mission trips, people to people relationships continue to be a prized CONU characteristic.


DECA, Inc.
Project: Rising Stars of Dayton (DECA PREP) and Brothers (DECA)
Organization Mission: From K-12, DECA PREP and DECA’s focus is to prepare first-generation college students for the academic, social, emotional, and financial challenges of college. DECA offers children residing within the boundaries of the Dayton Schools a tuition-free option for a quality education with strong academics and an emphasis on social justice as the approach to self-management and citizenship. Rising Stars (RS), piloted at DP for two years, is a mentoring program for African-American males in grades K-8; Brothers is the high school component (grades 9-12). Both emphasize the power of solid relationships between a consistent male mentor and a young student who lacks this in his own family. The pilot data were excellent.


Desarrollo Económico y Social de Los Mexicanos Indígenas, A.C. through Thousand Currents
Project: Autonomous indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico defending their territory, working towards food sovereignty and building Buen Vivir (wellbeing) with respect
Organization Mission: Social Economic Development of Indigenous Mexicans (DESMI per acronym in Spanish) A.C is a civil society organization which through its programs and accompaniment, seeks to strengthen the community processes of indigenous peoples in the High, Northern and Southern zones of Chiapas, Mexico, in defense and care of Mother Earth, and its territory. DESMI A.C. using a Solidarity Economy and women’s rights lens to incorporate agro-ecological, ethno-veterinary and solidarity market practices to contribute towards food sovereignty to build self-sufficiency and autonomous processes.


Dominion Intercessors Ministry
Project: DIM Refugee and Immigrant Support Program
Organization Mission: To support displaced refugees from the Great Lake regions of Africa by transitioning them from hopelessness to realizing their full potential. DIM offers an integrated model of support that includes the provision of basic needs, spiritual and family support, education and community integration.


El Puente Educational Center
Project: El Puente K-6 After-School Tutoring Program
Organization Mission: El Puente is Spanish for “the bridge”, which is a symbol for the mission to serve as a bridge and connection point to Latino students and families to academic success, well-being, and increased integration in the Dayton community. Since 2009, our after-school program has worked each year with over 100 students from local university and high schools. These students volunteer to tutor 40 Latino students in K-6th grade who are enrolled in Dayton Public Schools or are recent transfers to Catholic schools.


Emmaus Ministries
Project: Direct Ministry
Organization Mission: Our mission is to provide Christ-centered support to men seeking to escape survival prostitution and embrace a life of health and wholeness.


Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Inc.
Project: Hope House Operational Support
Organization Mission: Since its founding by Sister Karen Elliott, CPPS, in 1990, Hope House has operated with the mission to eliminate homelessness and alleviate poverty in Hancock County. Fulfilling this mission goes well beyond housing and budgeting to long-term opportunities for permanently exiting the cycles of poverty and homelessness. We treat all people with dignity and respect, which leads to hope. We know that permanent change is worth the time, mentoring and resources needed to create it.


Flat Rock Childrens Home of the United Methodist Church
Project: Adult Day Support (ADS) Community Integration
Organization Mission: Flat Rock Homes, Inc. is a human service nonprofit organization meeting the critical needs and providing care for individuals with profound intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders. Our mission is to provide outstanding services, which transforms the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and persons with critical needs through a dedication to caring and excellence that demonstrates Christian values. We believe that all people are defined by their own strengths, abilities, and God-given value.


Fundacion Cerro Navia Joven through Sisters of the Precious Blood
Project: Community Center for the Elderly
Organization Mission: The vision of the Foundation is to collaborate in overcoming the poverty of the most excluded groups of Cerro Navia with a focus of justice and dignity of the person. The mission of the foundation is to contribute to overcoming inequality and social exclusion, seeking to respond to real needs and urgencies,with strategies aimed at children,youth,adults,seniors and people with disabilities. Through orgaanizational solidarity and community action of Christian inspiration, the Foundation welcomes, accompanies and develops their capacities. We seek to announce and denounce disclosing the different realities of exclusion influencing decision-making at the territorial level.


Good Neighbor House
Project: GNH Total Clinical Services
Organization Mission: Mission: To empower healthier families by fostering the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our neighbors.


Harvest for Hope, Inc.
Project: Growing the Harvest for Hope Garden Community
Organization Mission: We believe every person should:
– be free from hunger
– have life enriched by fresh food
– build a strong community by helping one another


House of Bread
Project: House of Bread 365
Organization Mission: Our mission is to prevent hunger and serve as a bridge to beneficial community resources. Founded in 1983 by Sister Dorothy Kammerer, the House of Bread is one of the Dayton region’s oldest community kitchens. Sister Dorothy started the organization because she knew there were many people in her neighborhood who were going without hot meals.


Mary’s Pence
Project: ESPERA Community Lending (Economic Systems Providing Equitable Resources for All)
Organization Mission: Mary’s Pence invests in women across the Americas by funding community initiatives and fostering collaborations to create social change. We envision a world where empowered women and their communities flourish in solidarity and justice. We believe that all people deserve to live with dignity, free from violence and oppression.


Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood
Project: Construction of a primary school in Kinkole by Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood
Organization Mission: We the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, are called to live the Paschal Mystery and to witness to the Redeeming love of Christ. According to the wish of our founder we focus on family apostolate and holistic education of youth and children.


Our Lady of Mercy St. Vincent de Paul Conference
Project: Extended Neighbor Assistance Program
Organization Mission: Mission Statement for the Dayton District Council of St. Vincent de Paul, growing in spirituality and friendship, Christ-inspired person to person support in an empowering effort to improve the lives of those in personal, spiritual, or material need.


Pax et Bonum Communications, Inc.
Project: Santa Chiara Children’s Center
Organization Mission: SCCC’s sacred mission is to provide complete systemic change for approximately 50 abandoned, displaced, abused and neglected children from the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They arrive hungry, malnourished, and bearing all kinds of physical, emotional, and psychological wounds that need to be lovingly embraced and healed. SCCC provides the children a nonviolent home; three nutritious meals daily; basic education in reading, writing, math and art; consistent medical care and loving relationships, compassion, and a sense of dignity and solidarity. Ultimately, with SCCC nurturing and enabling these children in their early years, they will be far better prepared to succeed as adults and as contributing citizens.


Power Inspires Progress, Inc.
Project: Solar Cooking Initiative for Job Training and Community Education
Organization Mission: Power Inspires Progress provides stabilization, training, and job placement to adults with chronic barriers to employment. Those we serve face myriad challenges, including unstable housing, food insecurity, court records, and lack of education – and as a result, they are told time and time again that they are not wanted, not needed, have made too many mistakes.


St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation
Project: Community Health Education – Diabetes Prevention & Self-Management
Organization Mission: We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We dedicate our resources to: Delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; Serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and Partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of life. At our Health Education Center (HEC), we provide health and wellness education to all in our community. Currently located on the Community Hospital of San Bernardino campus, we have a need to expand the offerings of the HEC to our other hospital campus in the Inland Empire market – St. Bernardine Medical Center.


St. Vincent De Paul St. Rita’s, St. Paul’s, and Precious Blood Conference
Project: St. Vincent De Paul — Serving Those in Need
Organization Mission: Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentians are united in a society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, and mutually supportive gatherings. Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.


United Theological Seminary
Project: Live Interactive Virtual Education (LIVE) Classroom
Organization Mission: United prepares faithful, fruitful leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ.


Young Womens Christian Association of Dayton Ohio
Project: Renovating Lives, Floor by Floor
Organization Mission: YWCA Dayton’s mission is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA Dayton has over 145 years of experience in social action, grounding in the empowerment model and legacy change agents of advocacy; this is demonstrated in housing, sheltering and programs which offer support, strengthening and safety, for women and girls. Founded in 1870, the YWCA Dayton has provided safety, shelter, counseling, hope and the opportunity for a new beginning to a constituency of generations of residents in Dayton and Montgomery County. The YWCA Dayton is one of 213 Associations nationally united in the powerful movement of eliminating racism and empowering women.