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$578,970 Distributed to 12 USVI Organizations
for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in the Territory
U.S. Virgin Islands, January 13, 2022  The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) would like to share important news with the community about the distribution of $578,970 in reimbursements to 12 organizations throughout the USVI that provided emergency food and/or shelter programs in the territory during the period of January 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021.

"CFVI was thrilled to work with FEMA and our community partners to ensure that this important opportunity was made available to support the children and families of the USVI," said CFVI President, Dee Baecher-Brown.

The reimbursements were funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the federally-funded Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) based on the following phases/funding cycles:

Phase 37: 01/01/2020 - 10/31/2021 - $166,320
  • Catholic Charities - $100,000
  • CFVI - $2,759 (funds awarded to administer the program)
  • Salvation Army - $26,398
  • St. Thomas Reformed Church - $37,163

Phase CARES: 01/27/2020 - 10/31/2021 - $218,400
  • Catholic Charities - $74,870
  • CFVI - $4,368 (funds awarded to administer the program)
  • Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands - $29,738
  • Liberty Place - $25,463
  • My Brother's Table - $6,837
  • My Brother's Workshop - $28,193
  • North Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists - $48,931

Phase 38: 01/01/2020 - 10/31/2021 - $194,250
  • Catholic Charities - $29,479
  • CFVI - $3,885 (funds awarded to administer the program)
  • Methodist Training and Outreach Center - $2,198
  • My Brother's Table - $35,578
  • Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church - $25,547
  • Salvation Army - $56,429
  • The Collective Collaboration - $18,208
  • Women's Coalition of St. Croix - $22,926

The funds were distributed directly to the agencies by the national EFSP. CFVI administered the program and served as chair of a local USVI board which reviewed the applications. In order to be eligible, applicants had to be nonprofit organizations, churches, or units of government that have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill," Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide.

In its 38-year history, the EFSP has distributed $5.03 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.

About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
Since 1990, CFVI has been a catalyst for positive change in the territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning. For more information, visit
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