2014 Dirk Nowitzki Foundation Grant Recipients

The Family Place


The Family Place’s mission is to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, advocacy and assistance for victims and their families.
Family Place is the Dallas area’s leading organization delivering proven programs that addresses emotional and physical abuse and incest. All services are free – both residential and non-residential – that prevent violence and fully support women, children and men on their path from fear to safety. This year The Family Place is looking to build state-of-the-art fall zones around playground equipment on their Safe Campus. They have four Safe Campus playgrounds serving all of the children living on their Safe Campus including those in their Child Development Center, School-Age Program and K-2 Learning Center. This project will increase the safety of the playgrounds and enhancing the safety of these programs that work with their youngest victims and are essential to stopping the cycle of family violence.


Mental Health America of Greater Dallas


The mission of Mental Health America (MHA) is to lead the community in improving mental health through advocacy and education. MHA is applying for a grant for their WHO program (We Help Ourselves) to help children ages 4-18 learn to avoid school violence, assault, bullying, peer pressure, child abuse, sexual harassment and other forms of victimization. The program trains counselors, nurses, teachers, advocates and volunteers to present their curricula based on a sensitive, non-threatening methodology. The funding would allow MHA to provide training and curriculum to seven additional school campuses in North Texas and educate 2,400 more children about how to protect themselves from physical, social and psychological abuse.


Habitat for Humanity


Project TBD


The Women’s Center


The Women’s Center inspires, teaches and empowers women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. They provide services in three primary program areas: Rape Crisis & Victim Services, Employment solutions and General Counseling. This year the Women’s Center is requesting funding for their Play it Safe! Child sexual abuse prevention program in Tarrant County. The Play it Safe! Program is important because it teaches children to recognize, resist and report abuse. It provides a safe-forum for children to disclose past or current abuse and teaches care-giving adults the signs of child sexual victimization and how to respond to disclosure of abuse. The request is to fund program supplies, including canvas carrying cases for program trainers, parent preview program DVD’s etc. During the 2013-2014 school year, Play it Safe! was implemented in all 43 Fort Worth ISD middle and high schools. In 2013 it also served a record 87,824 children in 187 schools in 17 districts.


The Concilio


The mission for The Concilio is to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. They are looking for funding for parent engagement education and health education for families. The specific project is Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE). PASE’s goal is to improve graduation rates by preventing dropout through partnering with parents, who learn their role and responsibilities within the educational system. When parents complete their PASE program, their children have decreased tardiness and increased school attendance. Children of PASE families are more likely to graduate from high school (90.2% rate) and attend post-secondary education (78% rate) than their peers. The grant funding will support the implementation of the PASE program at approximately 30 schools in Dallas, Denton, Rockwall and Tarrant Counties in North Texas.


Nexus Recovery Center


Nexus Recovery Center operates to serve as a link to sobriety, independence and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. Nexus is focused on the unique recovery of a woman with a trauma based addiction. The organization also focuses on children of women recovering from addiction with individualized play therapy. They are looking for funding to plant trees on their playground, provide playground equipment and upgrading their basketball court for the 441 children. The goal of the project is to provide the children at Nexus with a playground that is shaded to protect them from the summer sun and heat and a basketball court and basketballs for them to get exercise and learn the value of a team sport. The project is important because the children that are at Nexus have had little opportunity to have age appropriate play time with friends of the same age. Nexus allows children a safe environment for play and self-expression and a place for them to be children and not worry about the addiction their mother is recovering from.


alley’s House


The mission of alley’s house is to empower teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education and mentoring. alley’s house offers both in-office and in-home tutoring to ensure that all teen mothers have an opportunity to receive the on-on-one assistance they need regardless of their living situation. One tutor is assigned to each teen mom, ensuring that all individual differences can be taken into consideration. Their clients range in age from 13-21 and an average of 18 years of age. The specific program they are requesting funding for is the GED tutoring Program for Teen Mothers. The tutoring at alley’s house prepares these teen age mothers to take the GED test and not be in the statistic of 85% of teen age mothers that drop out of school once they have their baby. alley’s house is the only organization in the Dallas area that provides counseling, a mentoring program, tutoring program, life skills workshop, parenting education, on-the-job office training and comprehensive case management services for teen mothers.


Child & Family Guidance


Child & Family Guidance Center has provided comprehensive and quality mental health services to North Texas communities for over 100 years. They envision a future where all children and families have access to mental health resources needed to grow into healthy, contributing members of society. Services include individual, family and group therapy, play therapy, diagnostic testing and psychiatric consultation primarily for low-income and “working poor” families. Funding requested is for the Intensive Services for Children with Mental Illness Program. This program provides clinical services to children with the disability of serious mental illness to enable them to successfully function in their home and school environments and to effectively transition to adulthood. This program served 4,500 children last year. 95% of the children served are living below 200% poverty level. The project is important to prevent diagnosis such as major depressions, bipolar disorder or psychotic disorders.

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