Funding Recipients

Please see the information below if you are interested in how Sea to Sea is cycling to end poverty in North America and around the world. As of December 31, 2013 all funds from the Sea to Sea 2013 Tour have been distributed and is no longer accepting grant applications.

Inquires should be sent by mail to the Sea to Sea offices at 1700  28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508-1407.

 

Sea to Sea 2013 Final Report

The three sponsoring organizations are eager for you to consider ongoing involvement in more of our efforts around the world. We would encourage you to take a look at our websites and consider how you could further involve yourself in our work. The needs are great and the work continues. Consider how you can continue to help. It could change your life—and the lives of so many more!

We are confident that all of the funds raised through Sea to Sea 2013 will make a direct impact in helping people to lift themselves out of poverty through programs, projects and initiatives around the world. We are deeply grateful for you and your financial commitment to make this event a huge success. Both the funds raised and the increased awareness of the problem of poverty that the tour accomplished are measures of the success of the effort. And now the disbursed funds will be applied to projects affecting thousands of people around the world!

None of this would have been possible without God's leading in the lives of 214 riders—and the financial support of literally thousands of friends and family –all committed to responding to the needs of the world. THANK YOU.

Summary of Grants awarded from the Sea to Sea 2008 Funds

CRWRC - $418,000
Program Funds that support community development, job creation and disaster response around the world.

Partners WorldWide - $352,576
Sea to Sea funds equipped our business affiliates around the world, including our Liberian affiliate, LEAD, with resources and tools to serve their business clients (like Matthew, Isiah, and Yamah) better, and resources for Partners Worldwide to sustain healthy global partnerships between our international partners, like LEAD, and caring businesspeople here in North America. It is a win-win. In the case of LEAD, lives are being transformed in Liberia and in Grand Rapids, MI (where LEAD's North America partner team is based).

Thank you to every cyclist and donor of Sea 2 Sea. Your support helped Partners Worldwide business affiliates in developing countries create 1,141 new jobs and sustain over 22,000 jobs last year. Your funds were life-savers for many, in one of the worst global economic crises many have ever faced. The funds you raised provided support for sustainable jobs that enabled people to provide food, shelter, education and medical care for their families. You helped spread hope and joy in a broken world. You helped provide jobs that are alleviating poverty. Thank you for the miles you travelled, the message you spread on ending the cycle of poverty, and for being God's arms and legs in this world!

CRWM - $425,248
Program Funds to support the work of World Missions.

Reformed Church of America World Missions - $23,443.75

Christian Reformed Home Missions - $4,037.50

Crossroads Christian Reformed Church, San Marcos, CA - $800
Crossroads Christian Reformed Church will use this grant to buy supplies for an after school program that focuses on a Spanish speaking community. The program tutors students to help improve their education and offers help to their parents in learning English.

Urban Family Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI - $10,000
This grant helped fund Urban Family Ministries to expand a pilot program geared toward eliminating generational poverty by increasing youth’s independent living, employability skills and attitude about education through a mentoring/work study program. This organization targets at risk teens and those about to turn 18 who are no longer eligible for foster care, and helps them find employment within their community and provides life skills classes.

Providence Christian Reformed Church, Holland, MI, - $9,120
The gift to Providence Christian Reformed Church will provide start up funds for a Pig Micro Finance program in Mityana, Uganda. This program provides families living in extreme poverty a way to provide for their family by raising pigs and selling them, while furthering the program by giving one piglet from each litter to another needy family.

Family Network, Wyoming, MI - $10,000
Family Network will use their grant over the next year to meet basic needs through food programs that are desperately needed to help individuals and families in the Wyoming area. Family Network provides a Client Choice Pantry, Special Diet Pantry, Mobile Food Truck and Emergency Food bag services.

Health Intervention Services, Grand Rapids, MI - $10,000
This grant to Health intervention Services will be used to expand the number of uninsured, impoverished individuals treated by medical personal at the clinic in 2009. Health Intervention Services provides the following services; medical exam and labs, vision exam (including glasses if needed), dental exam and follow up, dental hygiene cleaning, medications assistance, social work consultation, psychological treatment, health education and spiritual care.

Starfish Ministries, Inver Grove Heights, MN - $10,000
Starfish Ministries will use its gift to begin a community development effort in a neighborhood inhabited by the Karen people, refugees from Myanmar. This ministry’s goal is to start a childcare center for the Karen people with hopes that this will lead into a full-fledged community center, with many services for the Karen people.

Rose City Kids, Fenwick, ON - $10,000
This gift will be used to expand Rose City Kids, programming in Welland, ON, focusing on neighborhoods with high poverty. The program provides opportunities for children on Saturday afternoons, through home visits and also Junior Leadership, Summer to Remember, Gift of Christmas and Operation Birthday Child.

CAUSE Canada, Canmore, AB - $10,000
CAUSE Canada will use this grant for the Women’s Literacy and Leadership Program in Koinadugu, Sierra Leone and will match the grant 3 to 1 from outside funding. This program works to assist women and their families through integral training in literacy, financial management, leadership and health.

Diaconal Ministries Canada, Burlington, ON - $10,000
The grant to Diaconal Ministries Canada will be used to support Operation Manna. This program is an intermediary organization which helps fund programs that work with refugees, single moms, teen moms, youth and those suffering from mental health issues.

Artesia City Church – Artesia, CA - $7,500
Artesia City Church would like to open an Indian Friendship Center in the “Little India” community of Artesia to reach out to the Hindu, Sikh and Muslim communities. This center will operate as a senior citizen community center, after school program location, wellness center and occupation, career and employment desk.

Awake Church, Seattle, WA - $7,500
The Awake Church is located in a heavily transient area of Seattle with many individuals using motels as housing due to lack of resources. This program will educate participants in financial matters while helping them save money so that they can move into more stable housing.

Coit Community CRC – Grand Rapids, MI - $7,500
Coit Community CRC will use these funds for their community transformation project which provides programs for members of the neighborhood. These programs include community service facilitation, men’s and women’s groups, outreach to ex-offenders, and evangelism/community service/anti-racism ministries.

Community Christian Reformed Church – Wyoming, MI - $7,500
Community CRC would like to host a Financial Peace University financial and budgeting class to teach community members a new way to look at their finances.

Crosswinds Community Church – Holland, MI - $7,500
Crosswinds Community Church has a compassion ministry that distributes food to those in need on a weekly basis and builds mentoring relationships with the recipients. This grant will sustain 5 families with food for one year.

East Valley Reformed Church, Yakima, WA - $5,000
East Valley Reformed Church has a food distribution center called The Pantry. One aspect of this program gives vegetable starts and seeds to individuals currently receiving aid. These participants grow food for their own families and donate a portion back to the pantry. The Sea to Sea funds will go to purchasing a large cooler to store refrigerated items.

Family of Faith Church, Kennewick, WA - $7,500
Kennewick, WA has a growing population of Karen refugees from Thailand. Family of Faith Church has started mentoring many of these families and has set up a church learning center where refugees can learn English. This grant will go to fund the center and provide materials for the classes.

First Christian Reformed Church – London, ON - $5,000
First CRC started a street level arts-based initiative for youth in the London area called the Mess. The program provides a meal, a time for the youth to express themselves creatively and a community for its participants. This grant will help expand the Mess to include a summer session.

Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Hamilton, ON - $2,200
Immanuel CRC would like to start a Home with a Heart program in their community. This program is a homemaking school for single moms that teaches them how to effectively manage their homes and gives them a network of support. This grant will help offset childcare and curriculum expenses.

Madison Ave. Crossroads Community Ministries Inc. – Paterson, NJ - $3,375
A Summer Day Camp is one ministry that Madison Ave. Crossroads Community Ministries Inc. has provided for their community for many years. This year funding for scholarships, an important part of this ministry, is down. This grant will provide 5 full scholarships and 5 partial scholarships.

Monroe Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI - $2,500
Monroe Community Church works with a local food bank to provide food for people in their community. They would like to expand this work by providing fresh produce and planting a community garden. This grant will fund this expansion.

New City Church, Jersey City, New Jersey - $7,500
New City Church works with local youth by creating internship and mentoring opportunities. The Sea to Sea money will help sustain this program.

On the House Church, Grand Haven, MI - $1,000
On the House Church would like to set up a new cell group in inner city Muskegon. This grant will go to the funding o f this group for one year with the hope that after a year this will be a flourishing group.

The Journey Christian Reformed Church, Kitchener, ON - $10,000
The Journey Christian Reformed Church strives to reach out to the communities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Two programs they have started are Love K-W, which encourages members of the church to get out into the community and perform acts of service, and Intercultural (Refugee) Connections, which offers programs and mentors for new immigrants in this area. These programs will be able to continue with the help of the Sea to Sea Grant.

North American Affiliate ACLCP, Sioux Center, IA - $2,000
The North American Affiliate ACLCP has several programs in the Ivory Coast to help provide families with a source of income. This grant from Sea to Sea will help with many of the projects including relocating a feed mill, which would create many jobs, and raising several profitable animals including grasscutters, chickens and snails.

Caregiving Network, Inc., Midland, MI - $5000
Caregiving Network, Inc. provides many resources for people in poverty in the Midland area. One program is a food pantry that they would like to expand by having additional storage options including a walk in freezer. This money will go towards the purchase of a freezer.

Community enCompass, Muskegon, MI - $7,500
Community enCompass has been hosting seminars and workshops for church leaders to help them create development ministries for those in poverty in their own communities. They would like to take this to another level by working one on one with churches to help them develop their own plans and programs. These funds will help Community enCompass move to this next level.

East Central Ministries, Inc., Albuquerque, NM - $7,500
East Central Ministries, Inc. has a food co-op that serves over 120 families with plans to offer classes that will service at least 500 people. Initially these programs were run by volunteers, but it became apparent that some part time staff was needed. This grant will go to pay for staff to run the food co-op program.

Ionia Celebration Fellowship Prison Congregation, Grand Rapids, MI - $7,500
The Ionia Celebration Fellowship Prison program has a thriving congregation of over 50 inmates working with volunteer partners from churches. As these inmates start the reentry process, the volunteer becomes more of a mentor. This organization would like to hire a Reentry Spiritual Support Coordinator to work with these volunteers and make sure they have the training needed. The Sea to Sea grant will pay for the coordinator.

Lao/Bild Committee of North America, Sioux Center, IA - $7,500
The Lao/Bild Committee of North America is working in the country of Laos planting churches and aiding the disabled. The gift from Sea to Sea will help distribute wheelchairs to those who need them, and allow leaders to attend training sessions and pay for staff expense.

Lincoln Nebraska Re-integration Program, Lincoln, NE - $7,400
The Lincoln Nebraska Re-integration Program currently offers classes to inmates, former inmates and others in recovery to help them as they re-integrate into society. This group would like to add to the classes they currently offer. With this grant from Sea to Sea, they will be able to achieve their goal.

Network of Business Professional, Lombard, IL - $7,500
Alleviating Poverty through economic development in Nicaragua is a goal of the Network of Business Professionals by mentoring, training and providing access to capital for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. The Sea to Sea money will help sustain this program.

New Hope Community, Haledon, NJ - $7,500
New Hope Community has been a resource for the Haledon Community since 2002. They meet the needs of families through a food pantry and enrichment classes. One class, Jobs for Life, provides job training and support for those wishing to find employment. This gift will help fund the class for one year.

Streams of Hope, Grand Rapids, MI - $7,500
Six area churches have joined together to support the work of Streams of Hope in the Kelloggsville community. They currently provide programming for elementary - aged children. Streams of Hope would like to expand to include middle school aged children. This gift will help them to expand their programs.

The Bridge, Orange City, IA - $7,500
The Bridge offers transitional housing for women and children who are homeless or near homeless in the rural counties of northwest Iowa. The current programming for adults is solid, but programs and resources for the children it serves is lacking. The Bridge will use this gift from Sea to Sea to build a playground for these children.

Urban Promise Ministries, Vancouver, BC - $10,000
Urban Promise Ministries provides afterschool programs and summer camps for children, youth and young adults in under-resourced neighborhoods. The Leadership Development for Youth program mentors and trains youth to be leaders for the younger children’s programs. This grant will help fund the leadership program.

Canadian Sudanese Volunteers for Development, London, ON - $10,000
The Canadian Sudanese Volunteers for Development helps run a school in Nairobi Kenya for Sudanese refugees. The gift from Sea to Sea will be used to outfit 100 students with school supplies, purchase 45 desks and chairs and buy textbooks.

Christian Veterinary Missions of Canada, Ancaster, ON - $10,000
Christian Veterinary Missions of Canada has partnered with organizations in Sierra Leone to help provide impoverished communities with sustainable sources of income by setting up poultry farms. This grant will serve as the seed money for this project.

Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership, Grimsby, ON - $10,000
Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership provides supportive, transitional housing for low income, at risk residents. The organization will use the funds from Sea to Sea to enhance and strengthen their current programs.

Hannah House Maternity Home, Niagara Falls, ON - $10,000
Hannah House Maternity Home offers young, single moms a 17-week program to help move them away from poverty and towards employability and self-sufficiency. The gift from Sea to Sea will help cover costs for program materials, advertising, staff salary and community counseling.

Sonshine Society of Christian Community Services, Calgary, AB - $10,000
The Sonshine Society of Christian Community Services provides residential and counseling programs for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The organization will use these funds for security personnel, salary/benefits for follow-up counselor and child support worker.

Arab-American Friendship Center, Dearborn, MI - $7,500
The Arab-American Friendship Center reaches out to people in their community by offering English as a Second Language and citizenship classes and has a computer lab with tutors that is open daily. The Sea to Sea grant will help to hire teachers for the classes.

Association for a More Just Society, Grand Rapids, MI-provided funding for 400 beneficiaries - $7,500
Promoting justice in Honduras through a variety of programs is the mission of the Association for a More Just Society. Two areas they focus on are labor rights and providing legal services. Funds from Sea to Sea will help with the costs of these programs.

Community Area Resource Enterprise, Gallup, NM - $7,500
The Community Area Resource Enterprise is working to create opportunities to end homelessness in their community. One program they offer provides transitional housing for homeless men while they deal with the root causes of their homelessness. This grant will help cover some of the expenses incurred by running this program.

Kingdom Causes Bellflower, Bellflower, CA - $7,500
Kingdom Causes Bellflower provides many services to those in their community including Good Soil Industries, which is a nonprofit-temporary employment and landscaping agency that employees recovering homeless people and addicts as they re-enter society. This gift will go to offset some of the costs of this program.

New Way Ministry, Lynden, WA - $7,500
New Way Ministry offers help to homeless women and children by offering them shelter and opportunities. Thanks to a recent gift, which expanded their housing, New Ways Ministry can offer a new program that provides transitional housing for their program’s graduates. The grant from Sea to Sea will help fund this program in its initial year.

Oakdale Neighbors, Grand Rapids, MI - $7,500
Oakdale Neighbors is a community development organization in southeast Grand Rapids that is looking for innovate ways to revitalize their neighborhood. They hope to start up a bike shop where people can learn how to ride, repair and refurbish bicycles. The Sea to Sea gift will help get this project off the ground.

The Micah Center, Grand Rapids, MI - $2,500
The Micah Center aims to educate and mobilize Christians around the areas of Social Justice. As a new organization, the Sea to Sea grant will help get this group up and running.

Word of Truth International Ministries, Tukwila, WA - $5,000
Offering many programs to the diverse community of Tukwila is the goal of Word of Truth International Ministries. This organization would like to expand their programs by providing technology classes and making computers more accessible. The Sea to Sea funds will help to purchase the equipment needed to set up a computer lab.

Zuni Christian Mission School, Zuni, NM - $7,500
Zuni Christian Mission School is a K-8th grade school for Native American Students. The school would like to add a counseling program to help their students develop a practical vision for the future. The Sea to Sea gift will help to develop this program.

Below are longer responses:

Rose City Kids
Rose city kids is doing amazing!! We started out in 2008 with 13 children and to date we have 500 children registered in our program. We now have 3 part time staff and 95 volunteers! From a rented facility to our own theatre-which we are bursting out of. We just recently made another building purchase(next door) so we can expand on our existing programs. God is definetly at work in Welland and what a huge honour it is working alongside of Him reaching many children!! Attached in our most recent newsletter which you will have so much information about Rose city kids. Please take the time to read it and let me know if you are intersted in knowing more. thanks so much!! (Director-Founder)

The Pantry
I apologize for taking so long to respond to your request. We just finished up VBS which took the majority of our time and energies. I have looked back through our recipient records and am happy to report that The Pantry has served 8,963 individuals since we began distributing food the end of 2008.

The $5,000 grant from Sea to Sea went to make improvements to the house we use for the food bank. We remodeled the bathroom and built a ramp to bring the building up to ADA regulations. Doors, plumbing fixtures, electrical, flooring, paint and supplies were purchased with the grant funds.

We are so grateful for the grant and are so amazed by how the Lord has used it to feed the hungry in our community. May God Bless your efforts in the upcoming Sea to Sea Bike trip.

For East Valley Reformed Church’s “The Pantry”

Urban Promise
Your donation went to our general fund to reach out to children and youth at risk in our economically depressed communities to help them to grow academically , develop leadership skills, and experience a safe environment in which to belong and to feel success. Although I was not here at the time of the gift I know I can say with heartfelt thanks how much the help was appreciated.

New City
The $7,500 grant to New City awarded during the 2008 Sea to Sea event was directed toward our Teen Life Internship program. We hire a group of high school students who serve as staff members for our After School Center program for first - eighth grade students. The Teen Life Interns receive leadership development training; SAT prep classes, tutoring and college preparation; professional visits; and job trainings. In our neighborhood, 41% of adults have attended college (2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates), but in contrast, 100% of New City's Teen Life Interns have entered college in the last three years. In addition to the job trainings, leadership development, and academic support, Teen Life Interns are introduced to the Gospel or encouraged to grow in their already-existing walk with the Lord though the X-Change, a monthly outreach event. A prep team of teenagers prepares and leads the X-Change, with the tag line "where God and hip hop meet."

In 2008, 112 teenagers attended the Job Fair event, through which we hire our Teen Life Interns. We offered Internships to 36 of these young people, who served as Teen Life Interns in the After School Center. There were 83 children enrolled in the After School Center. A broad brushstroke of individuals impacted by the grant then would be 195 unduplicated individuals. If you count family members, this number would grow rapidly, as parents are invited to regular events and support group meetings.

Health Intervention Services
It is our privilege to provide a grant update to the Sea to Sea program in response to the investment you have made in our ministry, Health Intervention Services (HIS).  Thank you.  The Sea to Sea grant of $10,000 in March 2009 provided general operating support to fulfill our mission to serve the medically uninsured and underserved of West Michigan. Initially the support was requested to fund the cost of new patient care for 300 patients. The full proposal is attached for your review. 

Three goals were established:

  1. To provide care to 100 newly qualified patients for their medical, dental and vision health needs. We are delighted to report that our goals of serving 100 new patients have been met and exceeded each year since 2009. In calendar year 2011 the clinic welcomed 961 new patients. We have made great strides to incorporate these patients into our “whole person health care model” that looks through the lens of health care and treats the whole person with Christ-centered care.   The challenge we face is not to recruit 100 new patients but to glean resources to continue expanding our reach to the 75,000 uninsured.
  2. Notify each newly qualified patient of the availability of psychological counseling and social work care to address family and life issues. Our new patient intake process explains and encourages each person to fully utilize all clinic resources. Medical and dental providers are alert in identifying patients’ needs and making referrals for counseling or social work care. Psychological counseling services are offered on a part time basis (4 hours/week) in collaboration with Christian Counseling Center. The same arrangement is in place with Pine Rest for our social worker.
  3. To offer prayer, faith conversation and spiritual care. At all times of clinic operations bi-lingual (Spanish) spiritual care is available. A 20-hour per week paid staff chaplain is supplemented by Calvin Seminary interns and additional volunteers. At each patient visit there is an offer for spiritual support as well as an offer for on-going prayer support. Twice daily staff and volunteers gather for prayer to support the clinic and patients. Thursday morning the paid staff gathers for prayer time that focuses on clinic prayer requests.

It has been a special privilege to be part of the Sea to Sea program with a focus on eliminating poverty one person at a time. HIS represents a significant component to the healing of families with the provision of Christ-centered whole person health and dental care. Our joint effort is an encouraging force in eliminating health care poverty – one person at a time.

CARE 66
The funds we received in 2007 were used to provide transitional housing to our clients. Our clients are homeless people. In 2007 we provided transitional housing to approximately 100 people at our former facility, Frances Opportunity Center. In addition we help get our clients work.

We would be delighted to visit with riders on the 2012 Sea to Sea ride. If possible we would like to arrange a little tour of our new facility. We bought it as a decrepit old hotel and have rehabbed it to provide both transitional and permanent housing to homeless and low-income individuals.

CHICAGOLAND PRISON OUTREACH
The Sea to Sea Grant funds received by CPO were used in our vocational training/Bible study program for ex-offenders. The stories are too numerous to tell here, but I will give a few examples. The following examples show how the above mentioned program helped to fight poverty by training at-risk people (like ex-offenders) in a particular job skill as well as teaching Biblical principles and work ethics.

We helped Robert Taylor to obtain employment with a large construction contractor after participating in CPO’s program, and he is still employed with them as a heavy equipment operator. In early 2012 Robert was ordained as a minister in his church – Salvation & Deliverance Church in Chicago. Delanious was trained in carpentry by CPO and was prepared to take the entry test for the local carpenters union, which he passed. He finished the apprentice program, got his union card – along with a job – which he still has (as of June, 2012).

The grant helped to fund at least 2 welding classes and 1 auto repair/maintenance & small engine repair class which included approximately 20 ex-offender students – all of whom attended Bible study every day they were in class.

There are many other stories like these, and they are all ex-offenders who were unemployed (and in many cases unemployable) when they entered CPO’s program. The Sea to Sea grant was a great help in sustaining this program.