Emphasis on hunger, substance use as $1M split among 13 Philly-area nonprofits

Construction is underway on a new, larger facility for a job training program run by Philabundance.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More money has been granted to 13 social service agencies serving communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The latest round of grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, totaling $1 million, will go to support people experiencing food insecurity and substance-use disorders, and low-income seniors in poor health. 

Kristin Romens, project director of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia, says half a million dollars will go to Philabundance and Prevention Point Philadelphia.

“One of the trends that we are seeing, really among all of our grantees, but elderly providers in particular, is a drop-off in the number of volunteers. They may be having to pay folks to do some of what volunteers used to be able to do," Romens said.

The other $500,000 dollars in grants will be split among 11 other non-profits. 

Romens said another important role of these agencies right now is social outreach, because there are no places for people to gather.

“Phone calls, both from volunteers and staff members — often frequent phone calls — some organizations are literally doing daily phone calls to their clients, just to make sure they are doing okay emotionally, physically — that they have access to services," Romens said.

She says isolation is no good for the elderly, those in substance-use recovery or anyone else, so outreach provides a life line to many.

Pew awards grants quarterly throughout the year.

Organizations receiving the latest round of Pew Grants:
  • Philabundance—$250,000
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia—$250,000
  • Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)—$66,000
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia—$66,000
  • Penn Asian Senior Services—$54,000
  • Senior Community Services—$51,000
  • SeniorLAW Center—$50,000
  • Surrey Services for Seniors—$44,000
  • Family Services of Montgomery County—$41,000
  • Lutheran Settlement House—$41,000
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware County (Clarifi)—$38,000
  • Supportive Older Women’s Network—$33,000
  • ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth—$16,000