This fall, there has been much celebration over recent grant awards in support of many of our most vulnerable clients. First, were two awards from the Kendrick Foundation totaling $123,550 to provide an array of services in Morgan County including school-based counseling, health coaching, art therapy, Nurturing Parenting education and life skills for parents recently released from incarceration and in recovery for addiction, and a partnership with the Morgan County Chaplains to help individuals and families cope with an attempt or death by suicide. Additionally, the Community Foundation of Morgan County awarded a grant of $7,510 to pilot a youth employment program called Say it Straight.
Next, came the announcement of a $40,000 gift from the Smithville Charitable Foundation to provide health wellness services to the homeless and at-risk youth served by Stepping Stones, both in the residential program and through street outreach. This funding will address three main goals: 1) Prevent criminal exploitation and abuse of youth due to their homelessness and hunger. 2) Provide nutritious food to homeless youth in crisis in order to maintain physical and mental health while working towards safe and stable housing, education and employment. 3) Increase youth’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward nutrition, self-care, and independent living.
Then, the Rush County Community Foundation granted $4,013 to build two mobile play therapy kits and a resource library to best serve the children and families in Rush County. These kits and library provide essential therapeutic tools to engage families and build trust to provide behavioral health treatment for those in need, especially children who have experienced trauma.
Last, but not least, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County generously partnered with us to open a transitional housing and treatment program for women with substance use disorder. Tina Peterson, CFBMC President and CEO, announced a grant award of $50,000 during the foundation’s Annual Meeting on November 2, 2017.
This Bloomington-based program, scheduled to open in early 2018, will provide a safe therapeutic environment to serve as a bridge between initial treatment and re-entry into the community with priority given to pregnant women and those with young children. The facility will be home for up to six women and, when appropriate, their children. In addition to housing and treatment, programs will help women develop the coping, life, and parenting skills necessary for recovery, self-sufficiency, and stability.
Read more about this gift.