Grant Program

Human Services

DSF Charitable Foundation support in human services has varied widely by grant size and project type. Grants have ranged from $5,000 to $1,000,000. Projects supported have ranged from childcare for low-income families (Jubilee Soup Kitchen) to construction of an end-of-life-care residence (Anderson Manor of Family Hospice and Palliative Care). The Foundation has made substantial commitments in job and life-skills training for persons with disabilities, mentoring and other youth-development programming, summer activities for children, and senior care.

A model of excellence in care for medically fragile children is Child's Way, a program of the Children's Home of Pittsburgh. Child's Way is the first prescribed-pediatric-daycare program in Pennsylvania. The program serves children from birth to eight years of age with complex medical needs that require nursing care (but not hospitalization) and whose parent or parents are unable to stay at home. The Foundation has awarded grants for provision of charitable care and acquisition of equipment.

Representative of the Foundation's efforts to assist persons with disabilities are grants to the Woodlands Foundation for facilities and programming. The Woodlands is a 32-acre site for recreational and therapeutic camping, transitional programs, and weekend retreats for children, teens, and young adults with physical disabilities. Other recipients of Foundation support for persons with disabilities are the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Westmoreland County Blind Association, Pittsburgh Vision Services, and Timothy Place (a one-of-a-kind housing project for persons with disabilities and their aging caregivers).

The Foundation's commitments in senior care include support for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh and for the Homeowner Services Program of The Pittsburgh Project. Both organizations help seniors to remain independent and to age in place by providing needed home improvements. Recipients of support for senior care also include the East Liberty Family Health Center's Homebound Elderly Program, which sends a nurse into each participant's home at least twice monthly to provide basic check-ups and care (e.g., blood pressure and medication checks). For seniors residing in long-term-care facilities because they are unable to stay at home, the Foundation has provided support to the Faith-Based Network, a regional business alliance of fifteen non-profit, faith-affiliated, long-term-care facilities. The goals of the Faith-Based Network include leveraging buying power for best pricing from vendors, collaborating on best clinical practices, and developing business opportunities that generate new streams of revenue, lower costs, or enhance programs and services.