Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center - $100,000
RMCLC advocates for children pushing systemic reforms and boldly challenging the status quo so that every child, regardless of circumstances has the opportunity to thrive. Our funds will support the startup of the Young Adult Legal Advocacy program which provides pro bono legal assistance and wrap-around support to homeless youth in the metro Denver area paving the way for youth to achieve stability and independence. Over the next year RMCLC will offer 4 legal clinics at partner organization targeting providing services for 150 homeless or at risk of homelessness youth. Additionally an educational conference for professional partners and stakeholders will give visibility to the program.
Bridge House - $55,200
Bridge House ends homelessness one person at a time by offering adults experiencing homelessness a continuum of programing called the Bridge of Opportunity spanning low barrier basic needs services to robust programs with access to paid work and housing. Our grant supports a new aftercare program for graduates of Ready to Work. Ongoing contact with the graduates will assist them in their success and self-sufficiency through access to long term social support and career advancement.
The Blue Bench - $36,800
Survivors of sexual assault are served by The Blue Bench with a Hotline, Case Management and access to therapy. A move to upstream services by providing sexual assault prevention programing has been in high demand. The Blue Bench lacks the capacity to respond to the demand for prevention needing improved technology, translation services and targeted curriculum. The specifics use of our funds is still being finalized.
Project Worthmore - $100,000
The mission of Project Worthmore is to provide services and programs that foster community, self-sufficiency and increase quality of life for Denver area refugees. Our grant to the Food Share program has dramatically increase the amount of fresh produce they are able to distribute has provided employment for two refugee women. With the purchase of a large walk-in refrigerator access to food distribution will increase from 2 days a week to 5 days a week with longer hours Additional training for the 2 women running Food Share will be provided as they work more hours. Additionally the purchase of a refrigerated van will impact refugees who cannot come to the site for food by providing delivery and will increase the revenue stream from CSA shares to restaurants from the Delaney Farm. To date the hours for distributing food have multiplied and food poundage has increased. This year’s numbers are not yet available but are expected to show meaningful gains.
Rocky Mountain Crisis Center - $ 48,000
RMCC makes behavioral Health care more accessible to people in need by mental health and/or substance use crisis response as a call center for anyone having a behavioral health crisis 24/7/365. With our funding RMCC was able to re-design the call center to improve the working conditions for employees. The goal is to reduce high turnover in this stressful work both improving work quality and reducing expenses of hiring and training. The staff responded very favorably to the improved working environment. A report on turnover for the first year of the upgraded space is being finalized.
International Rescue Committee in Denver - $32,000
The mission of IRC is to help refugees whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future in the Metro Denver Area. The Impact100 grant supports financial coaching and financial capability programing with the launching of Financial Capability for New Americans (FC4NA) A Center for Economic Opportunity has been established which allows IRC to engage in character based lending who complete required education and participate in financial coaching. With the systems in place to offered lending products, small loans are being made. Our funding helped secure a $100,000 grant from the Beacon Fund providing funds to fully implement the FC4NA program.
Work Options for Women - $100,000
WOW’s mission is to help impoverished women with little or no work experience gain economic self-sufficiency through job training in the food service industry. Our grant funded a mobile class room and a truck to allow WOW to go to halfway houses in order to help women who were returning from incarceration. Our grant has been leveraged and WOW says that it has significantly elevated the organization and its work.
Florence Crittendon - $14,000
Flo Crit educates, prepares and empowers teen mothers and children in a 2 generation approach. Our grant was used to make some important improvements in the on line application that collects data and other information on the teen mothers and children served. These improvements have increased efficiency in use of their app, eased the ability to monitor program fidelity and helped to link contact hours to outcomes.
Growing Home - $14,000
Growing Home serves low income families (primarily in Westminster) providing short and long term shelter, food pantry, case management and family skill-building classes. Our grant was used to complete Phase 1 of the Seedlings Program which is based on a curriculum developed by Dr. Sarah Watamura of University of Denver designed to reduce the intergenerational transmission of adversity by supporting parents who have experience significant adversity in meeting their own person and parenting goals. The Seedlings series completed in Phase 1 were evaluated as showing positive results and Growing Home has continued to offer the series with funding from various other grants and has plans to expand the program.
Fresh Food Connect - $100,000
A collaborative of Groundworks Denver, Denver Food Rescue and Denver Urban Gardens. The 3 organizations came together to build an app which would allow home gardeners to have excess produce picked up by young people on bikes and distribute the produce into food deserts.
From the first year of the app working in one Denver zip code, FFC moved forward into multiple Denver zip codes then on to other communities in Colorado and now to the establishment of a national effort funded with a matching grant by the Muldridge Foundation.
Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners - $3,500 general operating expenses
Scholars Unlimited - $3,500 general operating expenses