2012 Dirk Nowitzki Foundation Grant Recipients

Community Partners of Dallas

Dallas

Community Partners of Dallas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. The Kids in Crisis Program serves children with open CPS cases who live in their own homes but are at risk of abuse, or are in the care of relatives. This program is a lifeline for children with needs that might otherwise fall through the cracks of available resources. This program served 6,508 children last year. The Kids in Crisis Program provides funding for critical needs such as clothing, transportation, enrichment activities, housing, medical expenses and therapy for children in need. These needs include monthly bus passes to facilitate parents ability to get to work and meet other obligations; rent and rent deposits; summer camps, musical instruments and other special lessons for children, medical expenses including prescriptions, glasses and dental work. This program is particularly important for these children because, unlike children in foster care, relatives who take in children receive no financial support from the state. More than 80% of the children we serve live in families with annual incomes of less than $14,000.

Vogel Alcove

Dallas

For nearly 25 years, Vogel Alcove has provided free quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children 6 weeks to 5 years old.  Vogel Alcove is the only free comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families residing at 18 local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters and housing programs. DNF funding would be used for the Early Education Development which aims to develop cognitive, motor and literacy skills in order to prepare children to enter school at the same level as their peers. Including screens for developmental delays and/or disorders, and intervention if needed ( incl speech, play and physical therapy). Also family support to address the mental, emotional and social needs of the children and families who have suffered trauma caused by violence and poverty.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Africa

Habitat for Humanity are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. HFH builds with homeowners and volunteers under trained supervision. With support from the DNF, Habitat for Humanity was able to serve 17 families in Senegal last year and the impact will continue to be felt for years. Children now have a safe and healthy home in which to grow, study, play and thrive. Habitat for Humanity proposes to include Malawi and Uganda this year because of the high needs created by AIDS and the orphans left in its wake. In these projects, HFH will not only build fully subsidized homes but also offer training on HIV prevention, basic health and hygiene. Mosquito nets will also be distributed in all three countries to help combat malaria.

 

ChildCareGroup

Dallas

ChildCareGroup is requesting funding to provide child care scholarships to needy children. ChildCareGroup serves more than 500 infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0-5) annually from low-income families in the Dallas area. ChildCareGroup’s strategic focus is expansion of quality child care, especially infant care and partially subsidized care for working poor families. Its six child development centers provide services at little or no cost to families living at or below the federal poverty guidelines, while working to eliminate the negative effects that poverty has on early child development and learning. DNF funding would be used to expand the Early Childhood Development and School Readiness Education Programs. Child Care Group is focused on addressing two key issues related to the care and education of young children within our centers: the importance of relationships and the availability of safe, nurturing, school readiness programs for low-income young children. Families living at or below the poverty line often have no other choice but to put their children into adequate or unsafe child care. Simply providing children a place to stay while their parents work is not nearly enough. The goal is to educate, inspire and shape these young minds for future success. Poverty prevents families from investing the necessary time and financial resources in their children’s development. Child Care Group operates seven early care and school readiness education centers serving 595 at risk infants, toddlers and preschool children ages 0-5 from low income families in the Dallas’ most poverty stricken neighborhoods, including East & South Dallas, Oak Cliff, Irving and Garland.

 

The Parenting Center

Fort Worth

The Parenting Center’s mission is “to provide family members and professionals with the tools, resources and services to build successful families.” DNF funding would be used to help fund counseling for mentally or emotionally disabled children, especially those from low income families. The Parenting Center requested $5k to help bridge the gap between the amount that low income families can pay for their children to receive counseling and the cost to The Parenting Center to provide this service.The goal of counseling for children experiencing emotional and behavioral disturbances is to enable them to rise above their symptoms, circumvent long-term negative effects, and become healthy adults thus improving individual functioning. Examples of individual functioning as a result of therapy may include improved mood and self esteem, increased involvement in social activities and ability to relate with others; improved ability to verbalize feelings and needs rather than act out aggressively and uncontrollable outbursts.

 

Kid Net Foundation dba Jonathan’s Place

Dallas

Kid Net Foundation is requesting funding for the Girls Treatment Program. It serves adolescent girls in custody of Child Protective Services (CPS) between the ages of 10-17, in need of therapeutic residential care and specialized professional services. These girls have experienced trauma, including but not limited to, neglect, abandonment and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Participants in the program comes to us from hospitals and treatment centers and/or failed foster care or adoptive placements. They suffer from low esteem, poor coping skills, eating disorders, depression and distrust of adults and/or the system(s) they came from. Through therapy, educational opportunities and a family environment, the program helps residents adjust to living in a less restrictive environment and gives them the ability to eventually live with a foster family or on their own. The Girls Treatment Program gives CPS the only licensed residential placement option in Dallas County for young ladies between the ages of 10-17.

 

The Womens Center

Fort Worth

The Women´s Center seeks to inspire, teach and empower women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. Every year almost 100,000 women, men and children of all ages, ethnic and economic background are served by The Women’s Center. They seek hope, emotional healing, solutions to family crises, and help finding a job or a path to a better life. The serious problems they bring are devastating – rape and child sexual abuse, unemployment, wages too low to keep a family together, deep depression, and desperate situations created by family violence and poverty. DNF funding would be used to Purchase new dolls for their Play it Safe! child sexual abuse prevention program. Play it Safe! is a lifeline for the victimized children reached by the program. The dolls insure the trainers to have the best tools to carry out the important work when discussing a childs private parts. These are custom made and are used as visual aid alongside researched and tested scripts and videos. This is one of the most specialized, age appropriate child abuse prevention training programs for children ages pre-school through 12th grade.

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