2013 Phase II Grants At Work
Breakthrough Corporation used the Phase II funds awarded from Trinity to establish the Project SEARCH program in East Tennessee. Project SEARCH was developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) to train young adults with disabilities to meet a need for reliable employees in the hospital’s emergency department. In the Project SEARCH model, students with disabilities spend their last year of secondary education at a hospital receiving vocational coursework and an internship that provides the opportunity to rotate through various jobs. After completing the program, graduating students are placed into jobs at the host hospital or at other employers in the community.
With the Phase II funds, sites for this program were established at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Medical Center. In 2014, 25 individuals applied and 17 of those met the assessment criteria for the programs and were accepted. The internships are for a nine month period during which each intern rotates through three jobs, and a job placement process begins with the host employers and a network of collaborating employers who serve on the Project SEARCH Employer Advisory Committee. Five of the 2014 graduates have been hired by the host hospitals and two have been hired by community employers. Additionally, Breakthrough Corporation is proud to announce it has accepted 20 applicants for the 2015 program that begins in February.
Compassion Coalition has developed, planned, and implemented the Getting Ahead program to directly address the issue of poverty in our community with the Phase II Funds received from Trinity. Getting Ahead is a 20-week curriculum-based educational program designed to transform the way individuals facing poverty think about their economic opportunities. Getting Ahead is designed to help people make life changes through self-analysis and planning to build personal and family resources. It is a way for people in poverty to become involved in planning and developing strategies for building communities where everyone can live well. Getting Ahead Investigators provide vital concrete information that planners need in order to address poverty effectively by defining what poverty is like locally and by providing accurate information on the barriers that they encounter as they begin to transition out of poverty.
In October 2014, Compassion Coalition’s Getting Ahead program had 75 individuals graduate from the program with 15 more expected to graduate by the end of 2014. Of those who graduated, 6 have gone back to school, 9 have found full-time employment, 4 have found part-time employment, 6 are in housing and are no longer homeless, 9 have opened savings accounts, and 14 now have health insurance coverage. In addition to those participating on the Getting Ahead program, Compassion Coalition also hosted training programs, Bridges Out of Poverty, for individuals who serve those in poverty. These include individuals from churches, agencies, or volunteers in the community. Over 600 people have participated in a Bridges Out of Poverty training, gaining knowledge and tools to more effectively build relations with those they work with.
Emerald Youth Foundation
Emerald Youth Foundation desires to use sports as a vehicle for transformation for urban young people through their Emerald Youth Sports programs. They provide children and youth with fun and wellness activities as well as opportunities to learn skills, competitiveness, build relationships, teamwork, leadership and life skills, and promote spiritual formation. Emerald Youth Foundation has been working to provide an organized soccer program to the inner city and was approached with the idea of building a several million-dollar, inner-city sports complex to provide a physical place for the program. The complex will consist of three turf fields, one pavilion turf field, and a fieldhouse to provide an environment where Emerald Youth can utilize the vehicle of sports to disciple urban children, youth, and young adults and increase their opportunities to participate in physical activities. Emerald Youth Foundation was able to use the Phase II Funds awarded from Trinity for the sports program funding, which in turn, leveraged the construction of the sports complex.
Grading and construction began on the new sports complex in early 2014 and is currently nearing completion with anticipation of full use by spring 2015. The Emerald Youth soccer program has been named Emerald Force Soccer Club and has partnered with semi-professional soccer teams, the Knoxville Force and the Knoxville Lady Force, to serve as teachers and coaches. Although the complex was not ready, a 6 week indoor soccer league (Futsal) was held during spring 2014 in the Emerald Youth Foundation’s gym with 45 kids participating. In spring 2014, a recreational (Academy) league began for ages 5 through middle school. 286 players participated in the Academy league with an additional 27 club players in spring 2014, and continued into the fall with 202 participants on the football field at Alice Bell while waiting for the complex completion. Volunteers have served close to 3,000 hours to help make this sports program happen. With the help of many volunteers in the community and additional funding secured, the program will continue to touch the lives of children in the inner city.
InterFaith Health Clinic
Knoxville’s uninsured population lacks resources to help them manage chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Developed by Stanford University, The University of Tennessee Extension is currently delivering a successful disease management program called Living Well with Chronic Conditions. With this as a model, the InterFaith Health Clinic has used Phase II funds received from Trinity to implement the InterFaith Living Well initiative to improve the health and overall quality of life of working uninsured individuals suffering from chronic disease in our community. By incorporating InterFaith’s medical providers, the clinic’s licensed clinical social worker, certified patient educators, and religious resources from throughout the community, IF Living Well intends to improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of its participants by equipping them with the knowledge and motivation to make healthy choices, thus positively impacting the progression of their disease.
InterFaith staff, 12 trainers and at least 10 clinical partners have interacted with over 100 patients suffering from chronic disease in order to register them for an IF Living Well class. A pilot program was held where 8 patients participated gaining the knowledge and tools to make better health decisions from the class. With an unexpected need to help its patients comply with the Affordable Care Act, InterFaith had to delay classes for patients and was unable to begin the IF Living Well program until fall 2014. As of October 2014, 15 patients were enrolled and will track the success of their patients. InterFaith has received a donation and planned gift that will help support the continued IF Living Well program expenses.
University of Tennessee Medical Center, Pastoral Care Department
The Pastoral Care Department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center is working to address the medical pastoral care needs of East Tennessee by providing free or low-cost training to trusted and experienced spiritual leaders with the Phase II Funds received from Trinity. This training will provide valuable resources to the established volunteer chaplaincy programs and be a means of providing pastoral care in communities where the local hospital has no chaplain services.
The Pastoral Care team has worked to develop seminars that provide training on spiritual care in the medical setting. They anticipate holding 3 seminars per year with at least 50 attendees. The first seminar was held last March covering Spiritual Care and Trauma with over 125 individuals in attendance. Participants provided feedback by completing post seminar surveys with 90% positive response to the seminar and its content. The Pastoral Care Department continued their training by hosting a second seminar, Cancer and Faith, in June 2014.
By continuing to engage volunteers and the spiritual leaders which the community already trusts, they can help minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of all in medical crisis, independent of hospital, faith or the current or future availability of funds for hospital chaplaincy programs. The Pastoral Care Department has also received continued support from the University of Tennessee Medical Center to continue the seminars past the Phase II funding. Three seminars are currently in the works for 2015 with topics covering Spiritual Care & The Brain: Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Stroke, Pastoral Leadership, and Spiritual Care and The Heart.