Posted December 19, 2017 in News Items
The board of trustees of Saint Luke’s Foundation has approved grants to 17 organizations totaling $2,603,486.00. These investments advance the Foundation’s strategic priorities in the areas of Healthy People, A Strong Neighborhood and Resilient Families.
“The Foundation’s third-round 2017 grants provide exciting opportunities to launch and expand vital programs, strengthen an array of community resources and build essential capacity for our grantee partners,” said Anne C. Goodman, Saint Luke’s Foundation President and CEO. “These organizations are doing vital work that helps residents of all ages live healthier and more enriching lives. I look forward to seeing the impacts these partners can make with our support.”
The full list of third-round 2017 grants is noted below.
- Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP): $200,000 in operational funds to build organizational and staff capacity to optimize its patient-centered model of care, further integrate services into existing sites, grow the number of patients served, improve quality of care and patient experience, and launch a population health program. NFP is a federally qualified community health center dedicated to partnering with the community for everyone’s best health.
- Care Alliance: $200,000 in operational funds to support the service delivery of its Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model across its health center sites and outreach locations. Care Alliance serves individuals who experience homelessness, residents who live in and around public housing, and the underserved. Services include high-quality medical, dental, behavior health and pharmacy care.
- FrontLine Service: $159,903 to support an integrated care outreach nurse and data analyst position that will optimize delivery of integrated primary and behavioral health care across the homeless continuum. The project will seek to improve disparities in access, service use and health outcomes through direct service outreach and collection of analytics. It will also provide analytic data around the integrated model of care to demonstrate reduced health care, identify service gaps and improve client health outcomes. FrontLine Service provides mental health and supportive services for close to 35,000 adults and children annually.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc.: $319,304 over two years to expand the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program to all Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools, including 31 new schools, while sustaining support in 78 currently participating schools. The project will result in the implementation of nutrition and physical activity policies and practices that ensure consistent and sustainable access to healthy school environments that benefit all district students and staff. The Healthy Schools Program is the nation’s most extensive effort to prevent childhood obesity in schools, including more than 35,000 schools and 20 million children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
A STRONG NEIGHBORHOOD
- Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Thriving Communities Institute (TCI): $325,000 to support Phase III of the Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which includes blight removal, greening, tree planting and community engagement. Since 2013, TCI has worked with stakeholders and residents in Buckeye, Mt. Pleasant and Woodland Hills to prioritize demolitions, coordinate code enforcement, plan for greenspace, and advocate for side yard expansions.
- City Year Cleveland: $100,000 to support AmeriCorps members and management staff at Harvey Rice Middle School and John Adams High School to provide before-, during- and after-school educational and behavioral support to 450 off-track students. In 2009, City Year made the goal of eradicating the high school dropout crisis an organizational priority (at the local and national level) through a strategy called the Long-Term Impact plan (LTI) which rests on the belief that by turning around a school, they can turn around a neighborhood.
- East End Neighborhood House (EENH): $260,000 over two years to implement the organization’s Collective Impact Plan 2.0 with the following activities: (1) parental engagement and coaching, with a particular emphasis on fathers in addition to working with parents to build entrepreneurial skill; (2) LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex) outreach, awareness training, engagement and program planning; and (3) operationalize Net Promoter, a customer feedback tool. EENH is a longstanding anchor in the Buckeye/Woodland Hills neighborhood that serves children, youth, seniors and families with a range of programs and services.
- The Centers: $175,000 in operating support for ongoing work to better integrate services for the entire family. The project will address internal and external barriers to integration across service lines through implementation of a customer relationship management (CRM) system and rollout of centralized intake. Expanded service offerings will also be introduced to better meet family needs, including expanded primary care and addiction services, and launch of the Judy Peters Basic Needs Resource Center. The programs of The Centers directly address what many experts consider to be the four major challenges to a family’s success: economic security, health, stability, and self-sufficiency.
- Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA): $158,279 to support the Police Assisted Referral Program (PAR), a collaborative effort by CMHA and other community organizations designed to build trust between residents, law enforcement and social service organizations and support CMHA residents in utilizing needed services. PAR launched as a pilot program in 2009, and has continued to adapt over time to better support the well-being of CMHA residents. Funding will provide continuing support for non-billable staff and evaluation expenses, as work continues to refine approaches to service coordination toward better family outcomes.
- Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.: $50,000 to support efforts to end homelessness for all families in Cuyahoga County by facilitating collaboration of multiple partners and developing local capacity to more effectively address the needs of homeless families. Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. is a national organization committed to affordable housing and opportunity for low- and moderate-income people. It lends funds, finances development, and manages and builds affordable housing, while also working to shape new strategies, solutions and policy toward increased opportunity.
- Towards Employment Inc.: $60,000 to support parent-specific services designed to help remove employment barriers, as well as help clients develop a career plan that supports family stability. The project will support parents to make connections with community resources, gain a quality job, balance roles of wage earner and parent, and build family assets. Towards Employment Inc.’s mission is to empower people to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment.
- West Side Community House (WSCH): $91,000 to support Wrap 4 Success, an initiative that builds upon the evidence-based Adults and Children Together parenting program, wrapping around core curriculum with other services and activities to meet family needs more comprehensively and effectively. The program has demonstrated success in areas that include decreasing parental stress and improving social supports and known protective factors. Funding will provide ongoing support for program staff, materials and evaluation. WSCH provides an array of services for children, families and seniors on Cleveland’s near west side.
- Open Doors Academy: $80,000 to support the Family Advocacy Program, which supports parents to help their children thrive and grow into self-sustaining adults. The organization connects families with community resources that ensure family stability so that scholars can achieve long-term success. Through Parent Power Seminars, family events, orientations, Parent Advisory Council meetings and more, it provides opportunities for families to learn, develop essential tools and hold constructive dialogue. Open Doors Academy provides out-of-school time academic and enrichment programming to over 500 middle and high school youth, and over 1,300 family members.
- Esperanza, Inc.: $165,000 to support the Family Engagement in Education Program, which provides culturally competent, bilingual, structured programming and individualized family case management/referral services. The ultimate goal of this program is to empower parents/guardians to become their student’s first teacher and learn how to advocate for their child’s educational needs/goals. The program serves students and families from public, charter and private schools within Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. The mission of Esperanza is to improve the academic achievement of Hispanics in Greater Cleveland by supporting students to graduate high school and promoting post-secondary educational attainment.
- University Settlement: $135,000 to support the Settlement’s Family Strengthening Program, which incorporates strengths-based case management support for pursuit of individualized family goals, along with family empowerment sessions to help Broadway-Slavic Village families become healthier, stronger and more stable. University Settlement is a 90-year-old settlement house in the Slavic Village neighborhood that provides a range of services for individuals and families, cradle to grave.
- Passages Connecting Fathers and Sons, Inc.: $100,000 to support the Jobs for Dads and Moms program. Passages is dedicated to engaging fathers in the lives of their children, both with respect to their roles as financial providers and also their roles as nurturers and role models. The Jobs for Dads and Moms program combines employment and life skills training with parent education and case management to ensure linkage to important external services in order to help parents and families meet their goals. Funding will provide continuing support for program staff, materials and evaluation.
In addition to grants targeting the Foundation’s specific priorities, the board awarded a one-year, $25,000 grant to Philanthropy Ohio under its Strengthening the Nonprofit/Philanthropic Sector grantmaking category. Philanthropy Ohio is a network of 221 foundations, giving programs and individual philanthropists across the state of Ohio.