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This document is dated February 4, 2009. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Financial Foundation Fights Homelessness in Philadelphia

More than $600,000 Awarded in Human Services Grants

PHILADELPHIA, February 4, 2009 — Lincoln Financial Foundation's recent round of human services grants made inroads in healing homelessness in Greater Philadelphia as well as addressing hunger, nutrition, self-sufficiency, and other social service needs. Lincoln Foundation awarded $619,500 in human services grants to 34 Philadelphia nonprofits.

Project H.O.M.E. received a $60,000 grant to support Rowan Homes, two facilities that house about 150 women and children in families with histories of homelessness combined with substance abuse and mental illness. The Rowan Homes facilities on Judson and Diamond Streets give families a safe and nurturing place where they can focus on stabilizing their lives and setting goals for themselves.

The Lincoln Foundation awarded a $47,500 grant to Partnership CDC to provide financial literacy and housing counseling to low- and moderate-income households in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Partnership CDC aims to graduate 150 people from the program, almost three-quarters of whom will buy a home within three years. It also will work to reduce by 20% sheriff sales and foreclosures among residents who go through its housing counseling program.

Bethesda Project, which provides shelters, transitional housing, and subsidized housing in the city, received $40,000 to train staff for its homeless shelters and residencies. The grant will underwrite new employee orientation, monthly training workshops, and computer training for case managers and program coordinators. As much as 10% of Bethesda Project's staff was formerly homeless.

Additional human services grants awarded include:

Youth

  • $30,000 to Adoption Center of Delaware Valley for adoption enhancement services aimed at increasing the success rate of adoptions and increasing access to support services.
  • $30,000 to the People's Emergency Center for the Teen Technology Network, which targets neighborhood teens for technological education and training.
  • $25,000 to Face to Face for the Camp Club after-school children's program, a four-week summer camp, and a Counselor in Training program for young people who have moved through the programs.
  • $20,000 to CASA of Philadelphia County to recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to advocate for safe, permanent, and nurturing homes for abused and neglected children under court protection.
  • $15,000 to CH Pennsylvania Under 21 for the Covenant House education/vocation department, which provides homeless and at-risk children with job readiness, placement, and retention services to help them enter and succeed in the workplace.
  • $15,000 to Youth Services to support the Youth Emergency Shelter, the largest shelter in Philadelphia that offers immediate housing to homeless youth, serving 450 each year.
  • $10,000 to Carson Valley Children's Aid for its Parent Education program for parents at risk of losing their children to the child welfare system.

Nutrition and Hunger

  • $25,000 to The Food Trust for its School Nutrition Education program, which provides schools with free nutrition education and related activities, and the School Market program, in which students own and create markets in their schools.
  • $20,000 to the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) to provide more than 4,500 home-delivered meals with nutrition assessments, education, and counseling to help seriously ill people become nutritionally sound and take charge of their own nutritional needs.
  • $10,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for its Mitzvah Food project, providing senior citizens and families with immediate hunger relief that includes three days' worth of food and supermarket vouchers.
  • $10,000 to North Light Community Center to expand the hours of operation for its year-round Emergency Food Services program.

Physically or Mentally Challenged and Illness

  • $10,000 to Inglis House for its Community Re-Entry program that trains individuals with disabilities to live independently.
  • $10,000 to Programs Employing People for its adult education project, which helps adults gain workforce readiness skills, find jobs, and gain greater independence and self-reliance.
  • $5,000 to the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for the Greater Philadelphia Schweitzer Fellowship program, in which Fellows creatively address an unmet local health need.

Elderly and Seniors

  • $25,000 to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging for its Emergency Fund Keep Seniors Warm Campaign, which awards one-time emergency assistance to at-risk, low-income older adults who need heating bill assistance, food, clothing, or medical supplies.
  • $15,000 to Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly for services to frail and physically limited elders at risk of becoming isolated or neglected.
  • $10,000 to Aid for Friends to provide frail or disabled seniors with home-cooked frozen dinners delivered by volunteers who also provide companionship and do small home repairs.

Homeless Shelters

  • $20,000 to Ready Willing and Able to provide job preparation counseling and training for 70 homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals with little education and histories of substance abuse.
  • $15,000 to Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Pennsylvania for the St. Barnabas Mission shelter.
  • $12,500 for the Homeless Advocacy Project to provide legal services to the homeless and to connect them with other social services.
  • $10,000 to the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness for Safe Home Philadelphia, a program to connect poor working families at risk of homelessness with housing choices.

Community Development and Housing

  • $25,000 to the Women's Community Revitalization Program to provide tenants in their affordable rental developments with support services such as crisis intervention, counseling, conflict resolution, and referrals to social service programs.
  • $22,500 to AchieveAbility for its Family Self-Sufficiency program that provides affordable housing to low-income families, as well as academic, employment, housing, and family support services.
  • $15,000 to Mt. Airy, USA for its Housing Counseling program, which provides counseling services to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers and distressed homeowners.
  • $15,000 to Resources for Human Development for Endow-A-Home, a program that uses homeownership to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness for women who head households.
  • $12,000 to Diversified Community Services for Dixon House, a 75-year-old settlement house and community center in the heart of South Philadelphia.
  • $10,000 to The Other Carpenter to help low- to moderate-income homeowners in West Philadelphia maintain and improve their homes.

Self-Sufficiency Programs

  • $20,000 to the American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, to support Red Cross House, a facility that helps impoverished disaster victims get back on their feet in about three weeks.
  • $20,000 to Philadelphia Cares for Neighbors in Action, a program that forges neighborhood partnerships to create healthier, more vibrant communities.
  • $10,000 to the Maternity Care Coalition for the MOMobile, which provides case management and family support services to pregnant women, new parents, infants, and their families in low-income Greater Philadelphia communities.
  • $5,000 to the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition for Financial Advancement Network Clubs that provide financial education and confidential peer support group discussion.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts/culture, education/workforce development, and human services. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation almost $2.4 million to support nonprofits in Philadelphia in 2007. Since 1999, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $20 million to Philadelphia-area nonprofits. Lincoln Financial Group is listed on THE BCA TEN 2006: Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America sponsored by the Business Committee for the Arts.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the greater Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $200 billion as of September 30, 2008. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance; 401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; mutual funds; managed accounts; institutional investments; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. Affiliates also include: Delaware Investments, the marketing name for Delaware Management Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries; and Lincoln UK. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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