The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) a $64,020 grant to provide social services for families separated across country borders. The grant was among 29 awards, valued at $1.7 million, made by the trustees during their summer meeting.
ISS-USA has provided essential cross-border social services for more than 90 years through its global network operating in more than 130 countries. ISS-USA services include case management, research, training, and advocacy to help connect vulnerable children, adults and families.
Because of the recent influx of families at the U.S border, ISS-USA is facing an expanded need for case management services. The Fund’s grant will help ISS-USA case managers locate, connect and verify relationships among family members, refer cases to pro-bono counsel, and perform community and child resource surveys used as planning tools in developing long-term solutions for the future of these children.
"We applaud the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for their responsiveness in supporting ISS-USA to provide necessary social services for the safe and sustainable reunification of children with their families,” said Julie Gilbert Rosicky, ISS – USA’s Executive Director.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity by investing in people, organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont. The Fund has assets of $309 million and has awarded more than $376 million in grants since 1977.