The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its December 2023 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Be Ready Community Development Corporation to assist with completing Solomon's Court Phase II, a project on W. 4th Street in Wilmington with affordable housing and small business storefronts.
Big Brothers Big Sisters to assist with converting a building they purchased into a Youth Enrichment Center to serve the children of Dover.
Delaware State University Foundation to assist with costs to update their infrastructure in the Baker Academic Building to improve their educational environment and increase accessibility for students with disabilities.
Joshua M. Freeman Foundation to support the further development of the Freeman Arts Pavilion in Sussex County, which, when completed, will feature covered seating for 1,000 guest, with lawn seating behind for 3,000 guests.
Little People Big Dreams Learning Center to help fit out three classrooms with age-appropriate furniture and curriculum-required manipulatives to further serve the children of New Castle.
OperaDelaware to assist with capital projects aimed at improving the capabilities, safety, appearance, accessibility, and sustainability of their headquarters and programs.
The Way Home to support the renovations of two of their three newly acquired properties to become transitional housing for returning citizens.
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Grant Recipient Spotlight
The Rosa Health Center opened its doors in 2015 in Georgetown, Delaware with the mission to provide quality healthcare to the uninsured and needy in the community using a team approach between the staff, the providers and the patients. Since then, their patient panel had grown to the extent that their present building with only two exam rooms has become wholly inadequate. This led to their recent goal of expanding their physical space in quantity and quality.
With the help of the grant from the Welfare Foundation and other funders, The Rosa Health Center's vision for a capital project for a new building addition and the old building reconstruction, is now a reality. The result will be that several goals will be met.
First, they are able to stay in their location in the heart of the town, allowing patients to walk to the facility if needed. (This was demonstrated when staff delivered a baby in their office when a pregnant woman showed up on The Rosa Health Center's doorstep). Secondly, their exam rooms will quadruple, allowing them to expand their patient panel and increase the number of providers. Finally, an educational space will be created, to provide group education, an essential tool for health prevention and improvement.