ISLIP, N.Y. — The Daughters of Wisdom, USA Province, recently announced the recipients of its 2014 Daughters of Wisdom Mission Fund Grants.
This year, six grants were awarded to local, national and international organizations in an effort to keep the mission of the congregation thriving by funding projects that are consistent with the mission of the Daughters of Wisdom, such as those that address injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially among women and children.
The Daughters of Wisdom Mission Fund, established in 2012, awards grants up to $15,000 on a yearly basis, and allows for two consecutive years of funding.
Grants in New York went to the Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, (LI-CAN), Martin De Porres School and Gateway Youth Outreach Inc., all in Elmont. Elsewhere grants were awarded for missions in Lewiston, Maine, El Salvador and Chicago.
The Center for Wisdom’s Women in Lewiston, originally established by the Daughters of Wisdom, is now in its fifth year of independent operation and is headed by Executive Director Klara Tammany, also an Associate of Wisdom.
The center, a day drop-in center for women in Lewiston, is a safe place that supports and empowers women. It functions as a collaborative of women who work to build community for the purpose of bettering and enriching their lives.
The center offers hospitality, compassionate listening, personal and spiritual guidance that is respectful of all faith traditions, assistance in accessing local resources to meet needs and encouragement toward healthy life choices.
Through support groups, activities and programs, women have the chance to meet and network with others, build friendships and support each other in their daily struggles.
The grant money has enabled the center to hire a staff assistant who will focus on volunteer support and assist with program and office needs.
The 2015 Daughters of Wisdom Mission Fund Grant application process will begin in February. Information will be posted on the Daughters of Wisdom website at www.daughtersofwisdom.org.