Gov. Justice, HHOMA Director Jill Upson present $247,000 in grants to Kanawha County organizations for BRIDGE community revitalization pilot program

2/10/2020

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs Executive Director Jill Upson for a ceremony at the State Capitol today, to present nearly a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding to 11 organizations across Kanawha County as part of a new pilot program that aims to improve health and economic development in underserved communities across the state.

The pilot program, called Building Resources In Diverse Geographic Environments (BRIDGE), is a comprehensive community revitalization effort with a mission of addressing poverty, improving community-wide health, stimulating labor force participation and supporting economic development. The program also aims to combat substance abuse, improve crime rates, and includes neighborhood revitalization.

“We’ve still got all kinds of problems and all kinds of social issues – whether it be this terrible drug epidemic – or all the different things that are going on,” Gov. Justice said. “But I want to do more and more. I want to get something done. That’s what this program is: a chance to get something done to help change lives.” 


Individual grants worth up to $25,000 were awarded to 11 local community organizations, nonprofits, and colleges located within Kanawha County. 

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ECONOMIC STABILITY

YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families
$17,024
YWCA Sojourner’s Education/Job Readiness Center 

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
$22,320
BridgeValley GRID Makerspaces

A More Excellent Way Life Center Church
$25,000
A More Excellent Change: A Path to Economic Prosperity 


HEALTHCARE

Minority Health Institute/Marshall University
$25,000
Program to Reduce the Burden of Heath Disparities Among Minorities 

The Domestic Violence Survivors Support Group
$16,345
Trauma Education and Positive Coping Behavior 

Spotted Owl Healthcare Organization
$25,000
Healthy Kids, Healthy Adults 


SOCIAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
$25,000
Parents Do Care: Vista View Apartments 


NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENT

Appalachia Service Project
$25,000
Kanawha County Home Repair Program 


COMMUNITY LIVING

Fun Fitness Foundation
$16,658
Performing Arts and Physical Fitness Initiative in Charleston, WV 


EDUCATION

Morris Enrichment Center
$24,977
Center Revitalization

Fun Fitness Foundation
$25,000
Physical Fitness & Financial Literacy Bootcamp for Kids 

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“Now this isn’t an end-all, do-all,” Gov. Justice said. “But I can tell you that this program that Director Upson has started is a terrific first step to bring success into our underserved communities. Nobody on the planet wants to help more than I do. And, absolutely, we just need to get more and more done.”

The BRIDGE pilot program is also active in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. A ceremony to announce and present another round of grants for organizations in those areas will be held soon.

While these pilot efforts will take place specifically in Kanawha, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties, the goal is to eventually expand the program to other counties across the state. 

 

Contact Information

Jordan Damron, jordan.l.damron@wv.gov

Contact

Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

Office Phone:
304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

Governor's Mansion:
304.558.3588

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