CLC Network, a national nonprofit that promotes the development of people with a variety of abilities and disabilities to live as active, integrated members of their communities, is now accepting applications in the following grant program: G.L.U.E. Grants. Recipients of the G.L.U.E. Grant will receive a copy of the CLC Network’s G.L.U.E. Training Manual, as well as its Making Room: Cultivating Communities of Inclusion G.L.U.E. Training DVD. These two products normally retail for $195.
“CLC Network has been encouraging and supporting numerous churches across the nation with its G.L.U.E. process for more than 15 years,” notes Barbara Newman, a church and school consultant and the director of church services at the CLC Network. “It has been well-received and is also very well-respected. Our hope is that the G.L.U.E. Grant will allow more churches – and more faith-based schools – to effectively include individuals with disabilities in their communities.”
G.L.U.E., which is an acronym for giving, loving, understanding, and encouraging, is a step-by-step process that includes a spectrum of tools to aid faith-based communities in doing ministry with, instead of to, individuals with Down Syndrome, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, and other intellectual disabilities. The process includes:
- Recognizing all people as an important part of the body of Christ
- Appointing a coordinator
- Getting to know the individual(s) with a disability
- Sharing the vision of G.L.U.E. with a church organization
- Developing a Church Inclusion Action Plan
- Training a support team for a specific person with a disability.
The G.L.U.E. Grant is offered to all churches interested in starting an inclusive ministry outreach. Applicants must simply complete and submit the application available online.
To apply, visit GLUEgrants.Source: CLCnetwork.org