The Envision Board announced 2023 grant recipients, investing $85,000 in Baltimore County and international partners. These Envision grants are intended to provide seed money for projects that will enrich the ministry and life of the church.
The projects funded serve a wide variety of people, from within our congregation to broader local, national, and international communities. Grant proposals are evaluated in the categories of ministry development, service in community, social justice/advocacy, and capital improvement.
The Board is grateful to God for the life and witness of Robert Riley—whose generous bequest to Catonsville Presbyterian Church was used to establish this endowment—as well as the Session, Finance Committee, church staff, and the entire congregation, all of whom make these awards possible.
With great joy and support, the Envision Board has awarded a grant of $25,000 to IMA World Health to strengthen vulnerable households affected by the 2021 earthquake in Haiti. The Board determined that this project faithfully follows God’s mission to the church through service in community.
On August 14, 2021, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, and the city of Grand Anse was the most severely affected. This IMA World Health project will support families with children living near three rehabilitated health centers in Grand Anse. Residents’ lives underwent significant changes due to loss of capital, property, jobs, and economic activities. This IMA project will use its grant to establish nine Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs). Each of the VSLAs will support residents to manage their finances, support the community’s health and nutrition needs with training by Community Health Agents (ASCPs), assist in establishing biointensive gardens to improve agricultural productivity, and raise cattle for livestock.
This grant was submitted by Jennifer Bentzel and sponsored by the Mission Committee.