The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has continued its support of the Catholic Charities of the USVI one of the largest and oldest charities in the region that combats poverty. Known as the CCVI, the Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands has been offering shelter, clothing, meals, education, jobs and a host of other services for the poor for more than 48 years. CCVI also offers a huge volume of support, assisting more than 700 people annually and more than 44,000 hot meals.
“What makes CCVI unique is its keen approach on rehabilitation into the community,” Jeffrey Epstein remarked.
Today, the principal programs at CCVI are: Bethlehem House, Street Mobile Outreach, Soup Kitchen, PATH, Kids Learn, HAPICAT, Camp Shriver, and Emergency Help. Bethlehem House, one of the first programs, is a homeless shelter located on St. Thomas and St. Croix. In addition to housing, Bethlehem provides ongoing education to assist its residents with basic job skills and employment guidance. The program also assists in transferring residents into their own homes with basic supplies and furniture.
CCVI also places a large emphasis on helping the young. Kids Learn and Camp Shriver play a key role in this, providing intensive day camps to children in need, offering sports skill training, meals, equipment and mentorship.
"We are honored to support the CCVI," Jeffrey Epstein noted. "They are one of the most effective organizations in the Caribbean eradicating poverty today."
The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation also funds Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of the USVI, which established the first Head Start program for young children in the Caribbean. LSS is the oldest charity in the Caribbean dating to 1904. Created by the Princess Louise of Denmark to fight infant mortality, LSS expanded into three buildings, including an orphanage for girls.
Today, LSS provides shelter for the disabled, elderly and orphanages for children. In addition to their education program for the orphanage, the Early Head Start staff provides free child day care, healthcare support, and pre and post natal care support. LSS’s Head Start program began in 2003, serving the younger children that are housed there as well as low income children in St. Croix. The program includes an active outreach program to support the families in educating their children with tools, skills and equipment that they might need.