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Roth SisCharityAwardDr. Ben Roth and Dr. Breanne Grace have been awarded a grant through the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to better understand and support the network of organizations serving immigrants throughout South Carolina. The project includes a series of state and regional networking meetings, and is part of a larger study called the Immigrant Access Project (IAP). According to Roth, “The goal of the IAP is to assess the capacity of existing providers to meet the needs of low-income immigrants in South Carolina, as well as the factors limiting more effective service delivery.”


Funding from the Sisters of Charity will enable the researchers to translate IAP findings and disseminate them to providers, funders, policymakers, and community members. The grant will ultimately help immigrant-serving organizations to improve the coordination of services and increase the potential for partnership—all with an eye on closing the gaps in the safety net for low-income immigrants.

The College of Social Work is one of the first programs to receive a grant from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina through its new Immigrant Families Initiative. Launched in 2014, the Immigrant Families Initiative is dedicated to enhancing individual and family well-being. As part of its launch, the Foundation awarded six Immigrant Families Initiative grants, totaling $112,041, to nonprofit organizations addressing the root causes of poverty in South Carolina’s immigrant or foreign-born populations. This initiative addresses a growing need: South Carolina ranks second in the nation in immigrant growth.

Grace SisCharityAward“The IAP findings are really exciting from a theoretical perspective, but they also have an important relevance to the daily work of immigrant-serving organizations in South Carolina,” Grace noted. “We are really honored to be recognized by the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s innovative Immigrant Families Initiative and we are looking forward to strengthening ties with community partners around the state.”

Find more information about the Immigrant Access Project.

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