Sioux Empire United Way has awarded $197,150 in grants to several area non-profits for 2018. Community Impact Grant funding is awarded specifically for programs that have been in existence for less than three years. This year, 11 area non-profit programs received grant awards. The funds will be used for programs that provide a variety of services that include: support for care givers of older adults, free diapers and wipes for low-income families, and safe housing for children whose families are experiencing a short-term crisis situation.
2018 Community Impact Grant Recipients:
Active Generations; Caregiver Case Management – Provides support to caregivers of adults through one-on-one caregiver coaching, email correspondence, family meetings, and more. Family caregivers are typically under a significate amount of stress. The goal of this program is to help caregivers care for themselves as research shows caregivers are at risk for loss of self-identity, lower self-esteem, and feelings of uncertainty. Anticipate to serve 63 caregivers.
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 75 hosting arrangements.
Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment; Child Wellness Conference – As a result of the recently created Jolene’s Law Task Force, the statewide plan includes the objective of holding a child wellness conference every two years. In 2018, a 2-day conference will feature nationally recognized keynote speakers and continuing education credits for professionals in the field of criminal justice, behavioral health, medical, and education. Sioux Empire United Way grant funds will allow the professional recording of the conference for future training purposes.
Conscious Youth Solutions; Youth League Apprenticeship – Provides a 9 week educational and experiential learning program that trains participants on job skills, entrepreneurship, communication, and more through on-site guided lessons and facilitated mentorship. Target audience is underrepresented minorities ages 18-25. Anticipate to serve 50 people.
Helpline Center; Outreach Support Program – Designed to support isolated or homebound older adults. This program is an innovative approach utilizing telephone assurance as a mode of connection to reduce loneliness. It also provides the clients with information about additional community services they may be able to access. Anticipate to support 60 older adults with 1,000+ 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 through the use of a common intake process and a shared software system. In addition to better serving clients, it will also provide reliable, accurate data on a community-wide level and increase the capacity of nonprofit agencies.
The Hope Coalition; Project Hope – Provides additional pre-kindergarten slots to at-risk children through a collaboration of churches, businesses, and non-profits. Anticipate to serve 100 students.
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota; Arise Youth Center/East’s Evening Report Center – Provides alternatives to juvenile detention to youth ages 10-17 in Minnehaha County. Provides supervision and learning support during hours when youth may be more likely to be unsupervised. Focuses on life skills, homework assistance, job readiness, and group community service. Aim to serve 19 youth who have completed their requirements through Minnehaha County, but would like to continue with the program.
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 15 women.
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 65 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.