Soteria founder Jerry Blassingame received the Neighborhood Champions grant from Stacy Brandon, Bank of America Market President for Upstate SC. Photo provided.

Soteria Community Development Corp., a Greenville-based organization that advocates for social and economic justice for those impacted by the criminal justice system, has received a $50,000 grant from Bank of America Corp.

The grant, announced Nov. 19, was from Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders initiative, a program that addresses issues of economic mobility and advances nonprofit leadership to solve community challenges. Greenville was one of 40 communities nationwide chosen to receive an award.

It’s an honor to partner with Bank of America to invest in the lives of those in our low-wealth communities and propel economic mobility in Greenville County,” said Jerry Blassingame, executive director of Soteria Community Development Corp. 

Soteria works to create opportunities for previously incarcerated men to reenter society through transitional housing, life skills and job training. In addition to the grant, Bank of America is providing Soteria with an opportunity to engage in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector.

According to Bank of America, the Neighborhood Builders initiative is the largest corporate philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership in the country. Last year, Bank of America gave more than $530,000 to support economic mobility through workforce development, affordable housing and basic human needs. During this same time period, the bank’s employees contributed more than 5,000 volunteer hours and personally gave $130,000, which was matched by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

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