2018 NOVA’S Social justice regular commitment PROJECTS
ACTION AFRICA Marie Keefe $200
NOVA’s monthly donations are part of the sustaining strength of the organization. On average every two months, AA ships medical supplies (mostly OTCs), which are purchased in the U.S. on deep discounts or donated from other sources, for medical outreach in some parts of West Africa. In Nigeria a strategic program shift was made, laying more emphasis on the microenterprise and educational programs. The free health clinics there are now "supporting" programs, rather than "lead" programs. Last year AA initiated a Food Security program in West Africa. Ebola slowed down, but the local workforce had become very fragile with thousands facing starvation. People in affected areas received financial assistance to plant and grow more food locally. This year AA is partnering with local community organizations, cooperative entities, farmers’ groups and others in an effort to be an effective catalyst in growing more food and providing nutrition to local populations. http://www.actionafrica.org/
AFAC: Arlington Food Assistance Center Dianne Carroll $100
NOVA members continue to distribute food for AFAC at the Gunston site every week. Every Sunday NOVA members bring cereal to be distributed to families at Gunston and conducted a reusable bag drive during the last year. The money is used for purchasing food that isn’t donated and is nutritionally necessary: eggs, milk, protein (fish/chicken/hot dogs), rice…. On average, AFAC serves 2,200 families per week, and over 35% are children. Additionally, the NOVA Food Project takes fresh produce twice a month to the Gunston site. https://afac.org
A-SPAN: Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network Meg Tuccillo $400/year
A-SPAN continues to serve the needs of the homeless who live on Arlington streets. It provides daily bagged meals, an exciting new year-round shelter, employment assistance, nursing services, supportive day services, street outreach and other assistance. A-SPAN had successful county audits of all programs and a positive financial audit for the organization.
NOVA has been a dependable source of support for many years and continues to be used as an example of small churches being able to make a difference! This past year our regular contributions helped support the growing health services at the year-round services center, including care from a full-time nurse practitioner and Georgetown nursing students. There is a new, long-needed medical respite program for homeless folks.
Each year A-SPAN explores ways to end homelessness in Arlington and continues to depend on financial support from many places including churches such as ours.NOVA supports A-SPAN each November with a walk-a-thon at Kenmore. http://www.a-span.org
BETHANY HOUSE Judy Christofferson $100
Bethany House of Northern Virginia provides temporary housing, counseling and training for women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence. It also has operated a Helpline and provided ongoing support for its clients for two years. NOVA's funding helps support the Helpline’s telephone translation service when a caller doesn't speak English and helps support clients who need transportation to their shelter. Bethany House seeks volunteers for its Helpline and other programs. www.bhnv.org/
BRIDGES TO INDEPENDENCE Kopp Michelotti $200
Provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and women in Northern Virginia, primarily Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. They administer Sullivan House, a 50-bed shelter; Adopt-a-Family program, for families moving into their own apartment; LifeWorks, an employment program; and SKIT, a children’s program. NOVA members have been involved in the kickball tournament Safe at Home, in other fundraising events and in providing and delivering furniture and household items for families moving out of Sullivan House into their own apartments.
Many grants from government agencies and from foundations are restricted to specific projects, but NOVA's contribution is unrestricted so Bridges can use those funds where the need is greatest, probably to support counseling, training and case management noti covered by other funds. https://bridges2.org
CENTER OF CONCERN Rosemarie Annunziata/Mike Timpane $75
The Center of Concern is a Jesuit-affiliated organization that works collaboratively on social justice policy to create a world where economic and social systems guarantee basic rights, uphold human dignity, promote sustainable livelihoods, and renew Earth. https://www.coc.org/
CO-PARTNERS OF CAMPESINAS Archer Heinzen $150
The goal of Co-partners is to help rural women and youth “learn, earn, and lead” and to provide opportunities for North Americans to know the people of Central America through volunteer work. In El Salvador, which has been called the murder capital of the world because of the high homicide rate, we support three training programs for rural women and youth that include transportation scholarships for completing high school; vocational and leadership training. In Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, we support indigenous, rural, primary students with school supplies and older rural youth with scholarships for high school or technical school. The project provides training in income generating skills that help our students to remain at home rather than immigrating. Whereas most development projects are administered by outsider professionals, Co-partners projects are administered by rural women themselves. This experience is part of the leadership training that builds their capacity to be community and regional leaders.
Donations pay for scholarships, as well as teachers' salaries and other training costs for vocational and leadership classes. The Nova contribution has allowed us to add two vocational classes ($500/each) serving about 40 students and one additional high school scholarship. We will continue to use the Nova contribution for scholarships and training. http://www.copartners.org/
DREAM PROJECT Emma Violand-Sanchez $250
The Dream Project is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2010 by a group of undocumented students, their parents and educators, including NOVA Catholic Community members. The Dream Project encourages and supports promising immigrant youth in their pursuit of higher education through weekly mentoring, scholarships, advocacy and community outreach. NOVA funds support the mentoring program and scholarship fund. The “Leading the Dream” weekly mentoring workshops help to make college a reality by helping students navigate the college admission process, college visits and scholarship application assistance. http://www.dreamproject-va.org
EDUCATE THE GIRLS Nancy Veldhuis $200
Our financial contribution to ETG, a 501 (c)(3), enables girls in the rural village of Kanoni, Uganda, to obtain a primary and secondary education by providing for their school fees, school supplies, and helping them to overcome obstacles that would keep them from school. A year's school fees in a Ugandan primary school are roughly $350 US dollars and $750 US dollars depending on the exchange rate and school the student chooses to attend. NOVA supports ETG by participating in a basket sale at Christmas.https://www.facebook.com/EducateTheGirls/?fref=ts
GREENWELL John Tarrant $100
The Greenwell Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing accessible and inclusive programs, services and facilities for all community members, with and without disabilities, in Southern Maryland. The Foundation operates in Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, Maryland, and has added providing "tiny" homes for veterans at the park, a peaceful nature setting that is good for vets with PTSD. Greenwell offers therapeutic and recreational riding, and other programs to meet community needs. http://greenwellfoundation.org/
HEC Handicapped Encounter Christ Bill Meyer $75
Develops retreats to enable adults with physical disabilities to have an opportunity to get away for a spiritually enriching, fun-filled weekend. NOVA’s financial support is a significant portion of HEC's budget and helps those who can’t pay the cost of the retreat. http://www.metrohec.com
HOMELESS PREVENTION RENTAL ASSISTANCE Dianne Carroll $1000
This fund is for families in crisis with children in Arlington schools with no other sources for help. School social workers fill out a request form describing the need. in Rents in Arlington continue to increase and salaries at minimum wage have made the need greater. During 2017 NOVA served 28 families. We provided a total of $16,665.00. Social workers screen these families and work hard to get them all the services they need. Apartments managed by Arlington’s affordable housing groups like AHC Inc. have also stepped up to help families with a range of needs.
HOMELESS RETREAT PROJECT John Mooney $200
A team of 7 men (4 of them NOVA members) gives retreats, at a Jesuit retreat center, for D.C.-area homeless men in recovery as part of the national Ignatian Spirituality Project (ignatianspiritualityproject.org). NOVA's contribution covers the room board, and facilities (for the 12 retreatants and 3 team members) for 1 of the 4 retreats offered each year. In 2016, at least one additional retreat is planned for homeless vets.
MALAWI JESUIT SECONDARY SCHOOL- Peter Henriot, SJ Eric Carroll $400/year
The mission for this new school is to provide secondary education to young Malawian women and men that embodies preferential option for the less privileged, curriculum development that includes life-skills and character development, and community service responsibilities for all students and staff to meet needs in our surrounding environment. Pete Henriot, SJ (former NOVA Padre Cadre) states that Loyola Jesuit Secondary School is specifically designed to be co-educational because gender equity is essential for a sustainable future for Malawi and will demonstrate our option for the poor. He communicates his gratitude for our support and always tries to come to NOVA when in the states. He says each time: Please greet NOVA people with prayers! http://loyola-malawi.org/
NETWORK LOBBY FOR CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE Pat Sodo $100
NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation. Founded by Catholic sisters in the progressive spirit of Vatican II, NETWORK works to create a society that promotes justice and dignity for all in the shared abundance of God’s creation. Believing in the power of community, this Spirit-filled network of justice-seekers works to shape federal policies to serve the needs and interests of those affected by poverty and inequality, addressing the federal budget and the tax system, jobs and healthcare, immigrant rights, affordable housing, food assistance, and safety-net programs. By supporting NETWORK, NOVA is present and positioned – on a daily basis – as part of the power that’s needed to transform our political system into one that supports the dignity of all people and creates an economy of inclusion. https://networklobby.org
NOVA FOOD PROJECT Eric Carroll $500
This contribution will be used to purchase up to 10 fruit/veggie items (variety due to pricing fluctuations) approximately every other week and in sufficient quantities that every family will receive a bag of these green groceries every other week. NOVA’s package tends to be a fairly consistent package of items. A box of produce is also given to 2 shelters in Arlington.
OAXACA SCHOOL PROJECT Raquel Pastor $150
Funds are to pay teachers and fund therapy in a high school in Oaxaca, Mexico, which serves a community that is 96% poverty-stricken. Students live at the school and therapists are helping families to integrate disabled students in their own family. In the past year, they have been able to work with new communities. The teachers also are working with three children who have grown to young adults to help them live independently: They produce flowers and they have a sure market, they sell products from the region, they learn basic economy and the values of community work and responsibility. http://www.patronatodeextension.org.mx/Quiegolani.htm (video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtM6_0IINk0 )
SALOMON KLEIN ORPHANAGE Emma Violand-Sanchez $175
Salomon Klein is a “HOGAR” home in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for newborns to 6-year-olds. About 150 children including 44 babies live in the “Hogar.” They also receive medical care and attend Montessori and pre-school classes. Funds help pay additional baby-sitters needed to take care of children. The Bolivian government support pays for only 40% of the budget needed to take care of the children. Donations from NOVA are matched by three families. www.SalomonKleinKidsFund.org.
STREET SENSE Brian Carome $300
Brian is the director of this organization, which publishes a newspaper and other media offering economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. Funds are used to support the provision of case management services to the most vulnerable members of our vendor corps – helping them link with public benefits including housing, medical and mental health care. http://streetsense.org/
UGANDA POST GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT John Veldhuis $150
Funds support scholarships for post graduate work of students from Central Buganda University. Jimmy Ntale has been the beneficiary and will be a social worker/community organizer this year. Aggrey will continue his studies toward his engineering degree. He is achieving excellent results. In the coming year, we will continue to support Aggrey and, if we can, will add another worthy recipient to the program.
VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL Bernie Byrne $25
VOTF is a worldwide organization of mainstream Catholics that has formed in response to the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church to provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the Faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church. To support those who have been abused, to support priests of integrity, and to shape structural change within the Church. http://votf.org/
WEEKEND FOOD PACKS FOR KIDS Cathy Showalter $175
Supports the work of Crossroads Connection service organization providing weekend food for 40 needy children in 4 Prince William schools. The cost for 1 student for a school year is $250. NOVA’s contribution supplies bags of nutritious snack food for 8 children every weekend during the school year. The counselors and care givers send notes of appreciation that these children, who would be hungry on the weekends due to poverty or neglect, are being ensured food. There is no overhead covered by donations. T
WOMEN'S ORDINATION FUND Nancy Veldhuis $50
The Women's Ordination Conference is a U.S.-based Catholic organization working locally and nationally in collaboration with the worldwide movement for women's ordination. WOC works to renew church governance to be inclusive, accountable and transparent; bring about justice and equality for Catholic women; and incorporate women-centered theologies into everyday Catholicism. To stand more fully with this project: Follow WOC on Facebook to stay current on the gender equality movement in the church. Attend WOC-sponsored activities. (Gloria and I participated in the WOC worldwide conference in Philadelphia in October. The speakers were outstanding and we were heartened to see so many younger participants, re-energizing for those of us who have worked on gender equality in the church for most of our adulthood.)http://www.womensordination.org/
ANNUAL DONATIONS TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR DUES, etc.
BREAD FOR THE WORLD Peggy Meyer $150/yr
Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers. BFW Institute seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development. http://www.bread.org/
V.O.I.C.E. – John/Nancy Veldhuis $1200 yearly dues 2018 March
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement is nonpartisan citizens' organization of almost 50 faith and civic institutions in Northern Virginia. VOICE organizes to build power and do justice in middle- and low-income communities in Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties and Alexandria City. VOICE unites people across lines of race, class, religion, political party and geography, to take action on key issues in our communities including, but not limited to, immigrant rights, foreclosure accountability, affordable housing preservation/development and youth investment.
NOVA's contribution of money as well as members’ active support have resulted in:
1) 576 four-year olds can now attend pre-K in Prince William by moving the School Board to accept $10 million in federal dollars to expand Pre-K that the Board had planned to reject.
2) In VOICE Arlington was instrumental in ensuring $12.5 million for affordable housing and the passage of the County's Affordable Housing Study that mandates 17% of all Arlington housing be affordable.
3) 240 seniors at Fellowship Square in Reston organized with Fairfax VOICE leaders and won the right to Senior Affordable Housing.. They won 488 units of affordable housing in the first ever Affordable Housing Policy in Fairfax City.
4) Public housing tenants are organizing with VOICE members/leaders to stop the displacement of long-time African American families from 500+ units in Old Town & near the Braddock Metro that Alexandria plans to re-develop.
NOVA participated in a listening session training during 2017. NOVA members participate by attending VOICE meetings, by standing in solidarity with those who are to benefit from the ongoing social justice campaigns. Elections coming up will involve Meet the Candidate forums, Get Out the Vote campaigns.
CHRIST HOUSE EVENING MEAL Tim White
It opens the doors to serve an evening meal to those who are hungry. NOVA members prepare meatloaves and scalloped potatoes, which together with other items are served at Christ House by a team of NOVA volunteers on the 3rd Monday of every other month. NOVA is one of many churches and organizations in the diocese participating in this ministry. Thanks to the generosity of many NOVA folks, we serve one of the best and most popular meals of any organization. http://www.ccda.net/programs_christhouse.php
NOVA FAMILY EMERGENCY FUND (now the Ken Chaison Family Emergency Fund)
Social workers in Arlington public schools determine needs that cannot be met with any other funding. This designated fund is available to them. Examples of needs are medicines, dental emergencies, cab vouchers, bus passes, diapers, electric bills, summer school, grocery gift cards. The monies in this fund have been given monthly by a NOVA member. Ken Chaison died in August 2016 and he faithfully funded this important fund over the years. On his death NOVA renamed it for him and memorial contributions were welcomed into that fund in order to keep it going. In 2017 $5400.00 was distributed to 29 families. Examples of help were; cab vouchers, Giant cards, pool pass for disabled student, dental help, electric bill ....etc.
COMMUNITY MEMBER INVOLVEMENT:
GUNSTON FOOD DISTRIBUTION Dianne Carroll
Nova volunteers pick up perishable food at the AFAC warehouse on Nelson Street in South Arlington and take it to Gunston Middle School recreation center and distribute it to the families. NOVA provides these volunteers every Thursday and NOVA provides cereal every week for this distribution. We have been providing these volunteers for over 20 years! NOVA has provided reusable cloth bags with handles for the clients and organized food drives for AFAC.
ST. CLEMENT'S HYPOTHERMIA SHELTER Dianne Carroll
This overflow shelter is housed in the sanctuary at The Church of St. Clement, Episcopal, Alexandria VA. Nova volunteers participate in this program from January- March by spending the night with the guests every other week.
RAMADAN BASKETS OF KINDNESS – in collaboration with the Muslim Women’s Coalition
Nova members donate items to fill laundry size baskets to be delived to the families in the shelter in Arlington. 11 baskets were filled and donated for Ramadan 2017.
CENTRO VILLA CANDELARIA Dianne Carroll
A school in Cochabamba, Bolivia educating and supporting the child and family. 24 Nova members participate in this project. Each person contributes $120.00 a year for the educational support of students in the school. The parents of the children contribute to the school a small amount and some cannot pay at all and are on scholarship.