'For Such A Time As This' Grant News

Current Grantees: Updates and Opportunities for Involvement


Community Resources for Justice (CRJ). CRJ, with a broad coalition that included law enforcement representatives, prosecutors, defense attorneys, elected officials, and dozens of individuals and community organizations have spent months advocating for the Massachusetts legislature to increase funding for re-entry programs. Those efforts paid off this July, when both chambers of the legislature acted to fund community-based residential reentry programs at $5 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.  The funding will create a competitive grant program that will allow non-profit organizations to obtain funding to provide intensive case management and supports for individuals as they transition back into the community after incarceration. Those supports include assistance finding employment and housing, as well as accessing substance abuse and mental health counseling.

Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, Roxbury Presbyterian Church. The Social Impact Center at Roxbury Presbyterian Church will be back on the runway this fall with their annual fashion show on Thursday, October 25. Tickets and more information, as well as dates for their “Can We Talk” program, open to all, are available on the website.

Food for Free.  Food For Free will be participating in the Ride for Food on September 23. They are seeking volunteers to ride on their team and fundraise for them. There are 10-, 25-, and 50- mile routes, as well as options for taking a spinning class or fundraising without riding. Riders are asked to commit to raising $1,000, and spinners and "virtual riders" are asked to raise $300. Participants can join the team or donate to support the team at  http://ride.threesquaresne.org/foodforfree.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Team Leader Chelsea Strelser, ride@foodforfree.org.

 The Friday Café. The Friday Café marked the close of its foutth season on June 29 with a farewell party attended by 200 guests and many volunteers. Although the 2017–2018 season got off to a late start because of building renovations, it turned out to be a record-breaker, with an average weekly attendance of 125 guests and 22 volunteers. That adds up to approximately 4,700 meals served, about 2,500 volunteer hours clocked, and hundreds of pounds of clothing, toiletries, and blankets received, sorted, and distributed. During the summer months, The Café began collecting recipes from church members, volunteers, area cooks, and other partners for an upcoming cookbook, tentatively titled The Friday Café & Friends Potluck Cookbook. The Friday Café will launch its fifth season at First Church on Friday, September 7. Key dates this year: A fundraising gala for members of the wider community on November 3 and a benefit concert featuring the Neave Trio on April 28.

LGBT Asylum Task Force.  LGBT Asylum Task Force’s 2018 Gala, “A Place to Call Home,” will be on Saturday, October 27, at the DCU Center in Worcester. The goal is to raise $150,000 to meet a matching offer that would enable them to purchase a triple-decker building in Worcester and thereby to save tens of thousands of dollars each year.. This would make it possible for them to accept more asylum-seekers into their care. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.lgbtasylum.org/gala.html.

New Grants Cycle

With pledges now almost fully realized, the For Such A Time As This Grants Committee will be starting the second and final round of funding that has resulted from a tithe drawn from our recent Capital Campaign.  The application process will remain the same as previously, and the Committee is pleased to announce the timeline for the new cycle as follows: 
2018 Grants Cycle ― Important Dates
•                September:  Grants Committee publicizes the funding opportunity within the congregation.
•                October 15: Deadline for First Church sponsor to send Letter of Intent to submit a proposal to the First Church Parish Office, Attn. Kirsten Manville. E-mail submission is preferred, to parishadministrator@firstchurchcambridge.org,, but paper applications may be mailed to the Parish Office, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138.
•                November 19: Application due to Parish Office by e-mail (preferred) or paper submission.
•                December - January: Grants Committee reviews proposals and makes recommendations for awards. As part of the review process, finalists (or all applicants, if the pool is small) will meet with representatives of the Grants Committee or host a site visit. The review process will take approximately three months.
•                End February: Executive Council reviews and ratifies Grants Committee recommendations
•                March 1: Applicants notified of award decisions  

Please pray for the victims and their families who were terrorized at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in California.

Please attend the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) Healthcare Assembly on May 29 from 7 until pm. The location is TBD, and will be announced soon.

To address institutional racism, please call your state representative and Senator, and ask for abolishment of mandatory minimums in sentencing. Ask them to contact the Joint Committee dealing with this legislation. For more background on this...