Grants Awarded

Grant Recipients

Awarded in 2024

Suburban Adult Services, Inc.
Website: https://www.sasinc.org

  • Grant Awarded: Strategies for Increasing Life Skills and Independence
  • Amount Awarded: $100,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Creation of an outdoor space for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Project includes safe walkways to outdoor space, wheelchair accessible gazebo, swing chairs, and a sunshade.
  • Location: Elma, NY

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
Website: https://www.gaylord.org

  • Grant Awarded: Edwina M. Gesler Music Therapy Grant
  • Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Utilization of music therapy programs for 600+ hospital patients requiring long-term intensive rehabilitation, with the goal of enhancing the recovery process. Music therapy programs are used with patients 15 years of age or older and experiencing health issues related to brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, amputations, and medically complex illnesses.
  • Location: Wallingford, CT

Allegheny Valley Veterans Center
Website: https://www.avvc.us

  • Grant Awarded: We're All in This Together
  • Amount Awarded: $592,600.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Provide supportive and transitional housing options for veteran men and women, their families, and the general community of those in need. Construction of women and family housing units, parking areas, and updates to general facility, playground, and pavilion areas.
  • Location: Clarendon, PA

Emmaus Campus Ministry
Website: https://www.emmausmontana.org

  • Grant Awarded: We're All in This Together
  • Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Creation of a program designed to bring together young adults (students) and Church seniors with the goal of young adults completing minor projects around the senior's house or serving as a pair together in the community. Program is designed to encourage faith-based conversations and community outreach opportunities among young adults and seniors.
  • Location: Missoula, MT

Awarded in 2023

Strawberry Fields
Website: https://www.sfionline.org

  • Grant Awarded: The Benze/Gesler Grant for Long-Term Living
  • Amount Awarded: $401,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Repairs and renovations for community-based housing serving adults with disabilities.
  • Location: State College, PA

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Grant Awarded: We Are All in This Together
  • Amount Awarded: $66,250.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Renovation of the facility to install a free laundromat for the community.
  • Location: Erie, PA

Pennsylvania LIFE Providers Alliance
Website: www.palifeprogram.org

  • Grant Awarded: Community Benefit
  • Amount Awarded: $60.000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Awareness and educational campaign to educate frail elderly constituents of the home and community based LIFE program.
  • Location: Harrisburg, PA

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church
Website: www.ststanserie.org

  • Grant Awarded: We Are All in This Together
  • Amount Awarded: $3,200.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Installation and training of AEDs within the parish. 
  • Location: Erie, PA

Pennsylvania Chamber Symphony DBA Young Artists Debut Orchestra
Website: www.yadostars.org

  • Grant Awarded: The Edwina M. Gesler Music Therapy
  • Amount Awarded: $15,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Continue the orchestra's ability to perform for seniors throughout the community within senior facilities. 
  • Location: Erie, PA

Abiding Hope Lutheran Church
Website: www.abidinghopeerie.org

  • Grant Awarded: Community Benefit
  • Amount Awarded: $1,500.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Installation and training of AEDs within the parish
  • Location: Erie, PA

Erie Night to Shine Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation
Website: www.ntserie.org

  • Grant Awarded: Community Benefit
  • Amount Awarded: $10,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: To provide a prom-style event for individuals with special needs.
  • Location: Erie, PA

The Faine House, Inc.
Website: www.thefainehouse.org

  • Grant Awarded: We Are All in This Together
  • Amount Awarded: $1,000,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Develop new innovative job programs with local partners for at-risk youth aging out of the foster care system.
  • Location: Orlando, FL

Friends of the Bridegroom, LTD Bethany House
Website: www.renewreligious.org

  • Grant Awarded: We Are All in This Together
  • Amount Awarded: $75,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: Renovation of a donated facility that will serve religious women with a place of retreat and renewal, regardless of religious affiliation.
  • Location: St. Francis, WI

United Lutheran Seminary
Website: www.uls.edu

  • Grant Awarded: Community Benefit
  • Amount Awarded: $250,000.00
  • Purpose of Grant: In collaboration with 8 authors, create a series to address the intricate aspects of aging and maturation with the goal of meeting the aging population where they are from a holistic, theologically- grounded approach.
  • Location: Gettysburg PA