The Seton Center for Community Health (SCCH) was contacted by two nonprofit organizations during December 2004 to participate as an independent evaluator as part of a faith-based Request for Proposal (RFP) proposed by the New Jersey Department of State. Subsequently, both agencies were awarded state grants and letters of agreement were signed for remuneration to SCCH. Both of these contracts were completed during 2005.
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark - “JUMP” Juvenile Urban Mentoring Program (Total Award: $55,000; SCCH received $1,500)
- Bergen County Community Action Coalition, Inc. - “Stronger Individuals - Stronger Communities for the Homeless” (Total Award: $55,000; SCCH received $500)
During January 2005, Center Director Anne Hewitt, Ph.D., was contacted by Ms. Gretchen Hartling, Executive Director of the New Jersey Health Initiative (NJHI), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Seton Center for Community Health was to be recommended to NJHI awardee recipients interested in obtaining evaluation consulting for a nominal fee.
In addition, the Seton Center for Community Health has collaborated on the following grant applications:
- Catholic Charities to the Department of Health and Human Services for the project “Adolescent Family Life Demonstration Project”
- Cathedral Health Care System/ Columbus Hospital - Senior Health Outreach Program (SHOP)
- Catholic Charities - Immigrant Health Outreach Project (IHOP)
Beginning in Fall 2006 and continuing through the Spring 2007, SCCH has been providing evaluation and other technical assessment to the following two nonprofit health agencies through two new contracts:
- Help, Restoration Ministry and Bible Training Colleges “Connect to Walk and Play” initiative funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's, New Jersey Health Initiative ($2,500).
- The Camden Area Health Education Center (CAHEC) and the Institute for Successful Aging at UMDNJ Stratford, for “A Comprehensive Program for Seniors with Chronic Conditions ($2,500).
During Spring 2007, SCCH has been asked to participate in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant awarded to Team 2000 for Project Rebound - The Next Step. Team 2000 is a nonprofit organization that provides prisoner re-entry support programs that include life skills, career-development and education and clinical counseling for substance abuse.
- Team 2000. “Project Rebound - The Next Step”. ($2,500). The final report for the Team 2000 project was completed during Fall 2008.
Due to the successful relationship between SCCH and local faith and community agencies, Dr. Hewitt was selected to present her research at the National 2008 White House National Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Conference on “Innovations in Effective Compassion” held in Washington, D.C. in June 2008. The citation is provided below.
Hewitt, A. (2008). Identifying Capacity-Building Best Practices: A 10 year Retrospective Review of New Jersey's Faith-Based Initiatives.