October 4, 2010


Weinberg Foundation Annual Gathering: You Are Invited

On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, we are pleased to invite you to:

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Annual Community Gathering
Thursday, November 4, 2010
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (4:00 – 4:30 p.m. reception, 4:30 p.m. program begins)
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
7401 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland

If you have already replied, thank you!
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Yvonne at 410-654-8500, ext. 213 or ysporrer@hjweinberg.org

Levindale $10 Million Gift: Largest Such Donation in Foundation History

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced its largest gift to a long-term care center in the Foundation’s history. The $10 million pledge is part of a $31 million construction project at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital that will set a new standard for excellence in elder care. The occasion was marked with a ceremony Tuesday, September 21, on the newly named Harry and Jeanette Weinberg campus at Levindale. “Harry Weinberg was always concerned about the lives of poor older adults, and his commitment is carried out by the Foundation which bears his name,” said Barry I. Schloss, the Foundation treasurer and one of its trustees. “The Foundation is proud to partner with Levindale on this groundbreaking project.” With completion expected in the spring of 2012, the new Levindale Center will be a cheerful, inviting residence providing a comfortable, elegant, and friendly atmosphere.

Weinberg Fellows Graduate!

The Weinberg Fellows, a leadership and training program for executive directors of nonprofits in Maryland that serve low-income clients, celebrated its 8th graduation a few weeks ago. The 2010 class of 16 distinguished Weinberg Fellows has completed a year-long professional development program designed to enhance leadership skills and promote collaboration among the region’s nonprofits.

  • Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter, Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc.
  • Beth Drummond Casey, Middle Grades Partnership
  • Marshall Clarke, Access Art, Inc.
  • Andre Burno Coates, Maryland Community Connection
  • Jean P. Cushman, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
  • Peter D’Souza, Addiction Recovery, Inc. dba Hope House
  • Tracee Renee Ford, Community Mediation Program, Inc.
  • Nancy Graham, Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc.
  • Darryl A. Jones, Sr., Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Shirley Bigley LaMotte, Baltimore Reads, Inc.
  • Abigail H. Markoe, Baltimore SquashWise
  • Mark Kevin Pettis, Learning Is For Tomorrow
  • Johnette Adell Richardson, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
  • Bonnie A. Sullivan, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Kenneth R. Wireman, Main Street Housing, Inc.
  • William Easley Woodroof, Jr., Red Wiggler Community Farm

Older Adult Services Update

  • Michael Marcus, Foundation Program Director for Older Adult Services, spoke twice at the Florida Council on Aging’s Annual Conference about the Family and Informal Caregiver Program. Among the conference attendees was the Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist.
  • On October 20, the Foundation’s work among older adults will be featured in two workshops at the annual Grantmakers In Aging Conference in Chicago. The two areas that will be highlighted will be the Foundation’s pilot project with the UJA of New York on Direct Care Worker Training and a second session on linking affordable housing with services. The Foundation has made major gifts in this area including one to the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, featured in this year’s Annual Report.
  • The Foundation’s Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program will be featured at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans in mid-November. The two symposia will feature the evaluators for seven of the Program’s grantee projects. This will be the first time that data from the Family and Informal Caregiver Program will be presented publically.

Grant Updates

Maryland Small Grants Program

Effective immediately, the Maryland Small Grants Program has two changes to announce:

  • For those nonprofits that have received two years of funding through the Maryland Small Grants Program, at the conclusion of two years of MSGP funding, a nonprofit grantee may apply for a subsequent grant of up to two additional years of funding which will require a 1:1 match of new non-government funds.
  • The new focus for MSGP will include all Foundation grantmaking areas: Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities; Education, Children, Youth, and Families; Older Adults; and Workforce Development.

Maryland Small Grants Program Recent Grant Awards:

  • The Children’s House at Johns Hopkins Hospital was awarded an operating grant for $17,350 to support its Believe In Tomorrow program that provides low or no cost housing to families living at the Children’s House, while their child is receiving critical medical treatment at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. www.believeintomorrow.org
  • South Baltimore Emergency Relief (SoBER) was awarded a grant for $15,000 to support operations and emergency assistance for low-income residents of Baltimore City that includes energy assistance, eviction support, prescription help, and food programs.
  • Latino Economic Development Corporation was awarded a $15,000 program grant to support its Foreclosure Intervention Counseling Program that provides bilingual training and one-on-one counseling on home foreclosure prevention and intervention to low and moderate-income Latino families. www.ledcdc.org
  • Moveable Feast was awarded a capital grant for $26,780 to support the purchase of storage materials, security cameras, and a generator for its program that provides nutritious foods and services to those with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. www.mfeast.org
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County was awarded $20,000 to support its Legal Services Project that provides pro-bono and reduced fee legal representation to victims of domestic violence. www.annapolisywca.org

Workforce Development:

  • Per Scholas (Bronx, New York) The Foundation approved a $400,000 capital grant to Per Scholas to complete the renovation of a new 16,000 sq. ft. computer training center to house the Bronx training activities and administrative functions. Now in its 15th year, Per Scholas has been providing the IT industry with skilled, A+ Certified computer technicians from its training centers in the South Bronx and East New York in New York City and Liberty City in Miami, Florida. The organization’s Computer Technician Training Program is an intensive, industry-focused approach to vocational training and has helped men and women from low-income communities launch successful careers in technology companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. www.perscholas.org
  • Tech-Careers (Kibbutz Nachson, Israel) The Foundation approved a $50,000 challenge grant to continue general operating support for an organization that is successfully training and placing Ethiopian-Israelis, who have finished their army or national service, in professional positions in the high-tech industry. Tech-Careers operates a two-part program: First, a residential study program for selected young adults to learn computer programming during an intensive one-year course; and second, a job placement program to guarantee entry level employment for Tech-Career graduates in Israel’s competitive high-tech industry. www.tech-career.org

Basic Human Needs

  • Dayspring Programs, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) The Foundation approved a capital grant of $850,000 to support the construction of Dayspring Square, a transitional and permanent supportive housing community for previously homeless families with a parent recovering from addiction. The 45,000 sq. ft. project will renovate an historic elementary school and add a new building that will alleviate blight in East Baltimore. Twenty-two family apartments, four Head Start classrooms, a community center, and administrative space will be located at Dayspring Square for more efficient program operations. Dayspring will continue to provide its housing, educational, and therapeutic services to over 80 adults and 200 children each year. www.dayspringbaltmore.com
  • Baltimore Medical System, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) For its construction of the LEED-platinum certified Highlandtown Healthy Living Center (HHLC), a capital grant of $880,000 was awarded to Baltimore Medical System, Inc. (BMS). The new 32,500 sq. ft. community health center opened in March 2010 and was officially dedicated in July. The Center will be a medical home for 22,000 patients and includes 52 exam rooms, a large waiting area, private registration and benefits advisory areas, community meeting rooms, a dining area, and a terrace garden. The HHLC service area includes the populations of east and southeast Baltimore City as well as southeast Baltimore County. In this geographic area, 43% of the population lives at or below the federal poverty level. Founded in 1984, BMS is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center system in Maryland with a patient population of 45,000. www.bmsi.org
  • Second Genesis, Inc. (Upper Marlboro, MD) Two grants were awarded to Second Genesis, Inc. in support of its Mellwood Women and Children's Residential Treatment Facility in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The Foundation made a capital grant of $45,000 for renovations to the Parenting Center and a program grant of $40,000 for the Strengthening Families Program. Women from throughout Maryland and DC are referred to Mellwood, with half coming from Baltimore City. In 2009, a total of 63 women without children and 41 women with 45 children were provided with services at Mellwood. The program at Mellwood is built around three important principles: “(1) Mothers do not have to choose between long-term addiction treatment and being with their children; (2) Mothers do not have to be fearful that they will lose their children, and (3) Mothers and children together will cultivate comprehensive tools for lifelong success.” www.secondgenesis.org

New Role, New Face at the Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation welcomes a new member to our team. Craig Demchak is our new Director of Community Affairs. You might recognize his name from many years as a television journalist covering the people and issues of Baltimore and the Jewish community. Craig looks forward to representing the Weinberg Foundation in a variety of communications and community endeavors, including assisting with coordination of our annual missions to Israel.


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