Extraordinary results are possible when people have the tools, resources, and ability to advocate for themselves and shape their own destiny. By promoting self-sufficiency (typically the area in which we provide the largest number of grants), we recognize the essential role of individuals in identifying and addressing the issues that affect them.
The John R. Oishei Foundation supports efforts that focus on the individual by providing basic human needs, enhancing options for self-sufficiency, and empowering underserved communities to remove barriers to escaping poverty.
Most individuals who are struggling have more than one issue to address. Our support for organizations that help to build self-sufficiency typically involves recognizing the value of providing individuals with (or linking them to) comprehensive wraparound services, so that person can go beyond surviving and begin to thrive. For example, while Gerard Place provides housing for homeless mothers and their children, they also provide child care, education and training, and nutrition support—recognizing that families need more than just a roof over their head. We support a host of organizations such as Harvest House, Catholic Charities, and refugee assistance programs that assist individuals to rise out of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and other issues, empowering them to become and remain self-sufficient.