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GRACE CARES INCORPORATED

A catalyst for development; where communities take the lead

Newfane, VT   |  https://www.gracecares.org/

Mission

GRACE Cares’ mission is to partner with local heroes and communities on small- scale community development projects that make a difference by empowering people to improve their lives. We do this with respect to local cultures and traditions. This is accomplished by helping to build healthy, educated, just, peaceful and productive communities. GRACE Cares provides expertise, funding, and support for health, education, peace, and social justice, cultural preservation, and economic development projects.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Danielle Huffaker

Main address

PO Box 442

Newfane, VT 05345 USA

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EIN

54-2081309

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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A world where local heroes and communities unite, sparking positive change while honoring cultures and traditions, creating a global legacy of education and progress.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project Hearts

The mission of Project Hearts is to educate the people of Baitoa, located in the Dominican Republic in three areas. They believe that physical health, emotional health and economic health are interconnected; and that all three need to be met in order for success. Project Hearts wants to help provide their people with the knowledge & resources needed to transform their own communities. Since 2006, GRACE Cares has worked with Project Hearts on several successful projects, including a water project (W.A.S.H), community health leadership program, an elder care home, school improvements, safe stoves, and an egg business. They also build homes for the less fortunate and are working on several economic development projects. The vision is simple: Empower individuals and groups in Baitoa to make possible their dream of a happy, healthy and sustainable community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Uzima Community Development Project supports the wellbeing and development of the Watha people in the Galana region of Kenya through development programs in education, health care, water access, and human rights training. The Wathas primarily inhabit four villages within the Kisiki sub-region with a majority living in Garisemuke Village in the Galana area. Most Wathas earn a living through farming, hunting, or charcoal burning. In addition to natural disasters and cyclical climate events like droughts, the Wathas have encountered the following developmental problems that have had adverse effects on their daily lives: access to clean water, poor infrastructure, healthcare, food security, and education. On December 22, 2018, the first organizational meeting was held in Garisemuke Village to introduce GRACE Cares to the elders and to present the proposed water project. In addition to the water project, there are plans to form women’s groups that will include livelihood training, microfinance programs, and development-building activities.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

The Lucknow Project works to improve the educational system of rural villages in India, along with health and quality of life. Improvements to the educational and health systems have led to broader community empowerment and a sense of a future for the younger generations. Since 2006 the project has grown to employ six full-time, qualified, English teachers and are able to maintain the curriculum year-round. The Lucknow Project has been expanded to include an annual medical initiative, and they are recruiting physicians who are willing to donate their time for this cause. A community initiative is led by a group consisting of 7-10 members from each constituency in Amethi and they manages a small fund to help pay for marriages, funeral rites, birth certificates, hospitalization for a critical illness and other official ceremonies or emergencies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adolescents

GRACE Cares believes it is important to promote the arts and education projects that develop individual and community awareness on the importance of peacebuilding. By doing so, they join citizens across the globe to reflect on decisions that impact the lives of vulnerable people. We promote an agenda that respects the rights and responsibilities of humans: the right to be free and to live peacefully and to learn how to build peace within individuals, families, and communities.

B4 Peace uses art at the community level to engage communities in their own peacebuilding process. B4 Peace facilitates this exploration through art installations, performances, and peace-art workshops. In each project, B4 Peace utilizes multiple types of presentations to appeal to different people and their unique preferences. The model that B4 Peace follows is straightforward and profound: art + participation + discussion = transformation of hearts and minds.

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth

Thousands of indigenous Kakchiquel Maya households throughout the Chimaltenango department (~counties) of Guatemala live with constant financial uncertainty and instability, which greatly diminishes their overall quality of life. Community Finance Guatemala (CFG) is dedicated to reversing this situation by supporting indigenous Guatemalan women with the necessary knowledge and tools to empower themselves to organize their own financial systems.

Community Finance Guatemala provides financial education workshops designed to meet participants where they are at regarding literacy level, education level, and financial situation. Interested participants can also decide to receive savings group training to learn how to create and manage their own informal community bank. These community banks are comprised of friends and family members, are based on a solid foundation of trust, and provide easy access to financial services such as savings and lending on their own terms.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

The Munali Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP) provides early learning resources—books, reading workshops, health and safety programs—in the Lusaka Province of Zambia.

MYEP’s Knowledge in Motion initiative began in 2020. Since then, it has impacted more than 150 children with book deliveries and literacy workshops, facilitating unity through shared storytime. Books are borrowed on a rotating basis and are read individually or in a group, with many MYEP volunteers offering their time to read out loud. Moving forward, the project will provide the option for children and their families to receive books and educational materials in the comfort of their own homes.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

YOCUPA was founded in 1996 to use theatre and the performing arts as a means to influence social behavior changes in communities of Zambia with high numbers of reported sexual and gender based violence incidents as evidenced by the Zambia Police Victims Support Unit annual reports. Many more incidents, of course, go undocumented.

Prior to forming this new initiative, 7ASIDE-ASHAGs (Anti-Sexual Harassment Groups), YOCUPA observed there was no comprehensive intervention taking place in the affected communities. They decided to be that intervention.

Reaching YOCUPA’s target fundraising goal means that victims of sexual harassment have access to peer-to-peer awareness workshops, poignant performances by the Theatre For Community Action and rehabilitation center resources. All this, paired with your help, will have a meaningful impact on reducing the frequency of sexual violence in target learning institutions, places of work and worship, homes and community spaces.

Population(s) Served

The Base for Hope and Human Rights Organization (BHHRO) strives to create a society in South Sudan without gender-based violence; to inform the communities of Juba, Western Equatoria, Upper Nile, and Western Bahr el Ghazal about the many harmful effects of female subjugation, including youth pregnancies, and forced marriages.

BHHRO utilizes Cash Transfer Programs (CTPs), which are regarded as one of the most successful approaches to reducing poverty in developing countries, to stimulate small business growth for young mothers in South Sudanese communities. Following a learning course on entrepreneurship, and the injection of 150 US dollars in seed money, recipients are expected to build their own, income-generating businesses, which in turn, reduces their reliance, and therefore vulnerability, to harmful relationships of necessity.

Donated funds will help BHHRO’s Cash Transfer Program, “Cash for Capital: Re-routing Teenage Mothers Through Small Businesses,” extend services to include

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Women and girls
People of African descent
Women and girls
People of African descent
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Project Hearts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 through 2022 - Covid-19 limited our ability to conduct field trips

Number of new programs/program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BHHRO

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Growth, Resources, Action, Community, Empowerment (GRACE) Cares mission is to partner with local heroes and communities on small-scale community development projects that make a difference by empowering people to improve their lives. We do this with respect to local cultures and traditions.

Our strategies include funding, as well as technical support to communities to develop and implement health, education, peace, social justice, cultural preservation, and economic development projects. We do this by listening to their needs and work together for change.

We help with fundraising to provide financial support. We assist with technical issues and marketing of their programs. We provide guidance for the program as it grows. We make site visits to watch progress and we monitor our identifiers for see changes in communities.

We have assisted our partners in: Reducing gender-based violence. Creating alternative systems, through integral education, accompaniment, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Encourage literacy by providing early learning resourcesbooks, reading workshops, health and safety programs. Support health education through community leadership training. Establishing safe water sources and education.

Financials

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GRACE CARES INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board chair

Danielle Huffaker

Philippe Elghouayel

Kasey Ochiltree

Susan Zoe Kopp

Dean Gallea

Yasodhara Paruchuru

Suzanne Andrew

Noah Steinberg-di Stefano

Isabel Mangus

Cherise Adjodha

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes