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2017 Community Impact Grant Recipients

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Sioux Empire United Way awards Community Impact grants to programs that have been in existence for less than three years as a way to address our community’s evolving and unmet needs. 

Bethany Christian Services; Safe Families for Children – Serves children and their parents who are experiencing short-term crisis situations such as domestic violence, sudden illness, job loss, single parenthood, or postpartum depression. The program provides safe, temporary homes for children and offers support services to parents by utilizing a network of volunteer host families in an effort to prevent child abuse and stabilize the family in order to deflect children from entering the child welfare system. Anticipate to support 65 hosting arrangements.

EmBe; Dress for Success Sioux Falls – Provides women with professional attire, a network of support to grow professionally and personally, and access to career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Once employment is attained, support is provided to ensure that the participant is successful in retaining their new jobs. Anticipate to serve 350+ women.

EmBe; Let Me Run – Inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, build healthy relationships, and live an active lifestyle. Seven-week, after school program for boys in grades 4-5 that is led by volunteer coaches. Anticipate to serve 170 boys in 12 schools.

Harmony South Dakota – A free after-school music program for underprivileged children ages 7 and up. The program includes choir, percussion ensembles, string orchestra, musicianship classes, and private instrumental lessons. Anticipate to give 70 children 585 instructional hours.

Helpline Center; Outreach Support Program – Provides emotional support, connections, and resources to isolated or homebound older adults.  It also screens these older adults for depression in order to provide appropriate support, crisis intervention and connections to mental health programs for those that screen positive. Anticipate to support 75 older adults with 850 phone calls.

Helpline Center; Sioux Empire Network of Care – A systematic infrastructure created to coordinate basic need services for individuals and families in a more efficient, effective, and caring manner. Five non-profit organizations are piloting the implementation of the intake process and shared software system. They anticipate being better able to help more than 3,000 individuals in need of basic needs services through the shared software.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota; PATH – Provides counseling/mental health services directly to students in need at their school. By taking the services directly to the students, barriers such as lack of financial resources, lack of transportation, parent work schedules, stigma, etc. are eliminated. Anticipate to serve 200+ students in Canton, Dell Rapids, Harrisburg, Sioux Falls and Tea Area School Districts.

Philip’s Home – Provides a safe haven to serve women who are victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking until they are ready and capable of living independently again. Anticipate to serve 10 women.

The Sioux Falls Ministry Center; Project Hope – Provides additional pre-kindergarten slots to at-risk children through a collaboration of churches, businesses, and non-profits. Anticipate to serve 34 students.

Sioux Falls School District; ELL Support – Enhances the support given to students who have English as a second language (ELL). Will provide additional academic support with a low teacher-to-student ratio through tutoring services after school at Washington High School. Anticipate to tutor 50 students.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Holy Innocents Diapers – Provides diapers and wipes to low-income families at no charge. Anticipate to provide 662 boxes of diapers through grant funding.

Southeastern District Dental Society of South Dakota; Sioux Empire Smiles – Dentists, their auxiliaries, and community volunteers will donate their time and services each fall to provide dental screenings, treatments such as fillings, extractions & cleanings, and education, at a one-day event held at Children’s Dental Center. The program aims to target children 18 and under who are uninsured, under insured, in pain, or have not seen a dentist. Anticipate to serve 150 youth on September 30, 2017.