Lindsay's Gift offers small grants to worshiping congregations or religious organizations who are engaged in projects to:
create more architecturally accessible buildings and worship spaces
develop programs and initiatives which create more accessible attitudes within congregations
allow for greater participation in religious activities or spiritual growth
In 2018, we provided a grant to Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia to assist in making its building more accessible for one of its dedicated teachers. Torah Academy is committed to preparing its students to be mature, Torah-observant Jews and role models within Jewish and general society. It provides a stimulating education for Jewish students with different learning styles and academic capability in a loving environment.
A small donation to one of Lindsay's favorite places put our logo on Camp Innabah's Summer 2018 T-shirts and helps to sustain a vital ministry to children, youth and adults. Innabah's "Challenge Camp" program is designed for adults with intellectual disabilities and is one of the oldest programs of it's kind in Christian camping.
In 2017, when Broad Street Ministry, a a dynamic Presbyterian congregation in Center City, Philadelphia, was in need of a better sound system it created a Sustain the Sound campaign. We often forget that amplified sound, which we mostly take for granted, provides greater access to those with hearing loss. Lindsay's Gift was able to contribute to Sustain the Sound and move BSM closer to successfully reaching it's goal.
Hope UMC has made accessibility progress and on Disability Awareness Sunday in 2013 it celebrated with Bishop Johnson the ways - sometimes small ways that remind us access is not always about expensive renovations - it has created a more accessible building and atmosphere. Lindsay's Gift has been a part of many of these projects and has provided annual grants to the Disability Transportation Fund designed to assist people with disabilities who use public transportation to attend worship. Some of the access pieces at Hope include:
a Disability Transportation Fund assisting those who need to use public paratransit service to attend worship and other church events
assistive listening device system and individual headsets in the Sanctuary
large print Bibles and Hymnals are available
projection of announcements and worship liturgy
ramp from the parking area gives access to the Sanctuary and Pastor’s Study
pew cuts in the Sanctuary offering a choice of seating locations
Hope Lobby entrance provides full access to the Church Office, Sunday School Room, Meeting Rooms and Chapel
renovations to the Lobby included the creation of an ADA compliant accessible restroom
installation of a chair lift from the Lobby up to the Sanctuary level or down to the basement
Her church home since 1993, Lindsay became a member of FUMCOG in 2006 and experienced a full welcome and unquestioned inclusion since her earliest years. This social justice-oriented congregation has become more accessible physically and has opened itself to the ful inclusion of people with disabilities. During 1996-2000 FUMCOG developed a plan to work toward better physical accessibility and in 1997 began installing needed exterior and interior ramps for its facilities. In 2000, it became the 2,000th congregation to become a part of the National Organization on Disability's (NOD) Accessible Congregations Campaign. In 2003 LINDSAY'S GIFT contributed to the fund which allowed for the installation of a much-needed elevator creating access to the main floor, the basement Dining Room , and the Sanctuary.
The UMC of Bala Cynwyd had 3 small exterior steps creating a barrier to the ground level of its facilities. After a discussion and an architectural study in 2004, the congregation made the commitment to eliminate that barrier by raising slightly the driveway asphalt allowing the installation of an ADA compliant ramp. This ramp, supported in part by a grant from Lindsay's Gift, was completed in 2006 and created physical access to the Sanctuary and to the Pastor's Office in a very challenging set of buildings.