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Neighborhood Allies Invests $215,000 During Spring 2020 Catalytic Grant Cycle

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In 2020, Neighborhood Allies has invested $215,000 in catalytic grants to support community serving and building initiatives. These investments range from supporting housing and renter counseling for residents – to the expansion of a childcare program designed to respond to insufficient access to affordable and quality childcare and lack of support methods to promote healthy self-identity.

Neighborhood Allies’ Healthy Neighborhood Elements:

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 Catalytic Grantees!

A Peace of Mind, Inc.

Healthy Neighborhood Focus Area: Quality of Life, Equitable Development
Amount: $30,000

A Peace of Mind, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that includes a community Wellness Center and a Childcare and Learning Center. Their mission is to provide quality caring therapy to a community of people, this will establish a vision of peace, wholeness and enhance the quality of life. With a focus on education equity, their vision is to to bridge the gap between inequities that exist in current human service industry by holistically creating culturally diversified programs to best meet the needs of community residents. With a catalytic investment from Neighborhood Allies, A Peace of Mind will be able to further expand upon its Community Support Initiative a comprehensive program designed to respond to insufficient access to affordable and quality childcare in addition to the lack of non structured social and emotional support methods to promote healthy self identity and awareness. They plan to offer even more enrichment activities such as American Sign Language, violin instruction, horticulture, mixed media arts, a STEAM driven curriculum, and more to children and their families at their childcare center, which will expand its hours to 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will also continue to offer weekly yoga, woman’s support group, and The Black Child Well Project, restorative practices for caregivers, wealth building, chess lessons, a DIY series, financial literacy, postpartum support and overall physical and intimate women’s health support meetups to the community through their

Daisy Wilson Artist Community

Healthy Neighborhood Focus Area: Celebrated Neighborhood Image, Quality of Life
Amount: $50,000

The Daisy Wilson Artist Community, Inc./August Wilson House was established, in part, to nurture and promote cultural vibrancy throughout the Hill District and serve as a powerful voice for local residents and visitors to the neighborhood. The August Wilson House (AWH) mission is to celebrate the artistic and personal legacy of August Wilson and to nurture black artists at all levels of development. This grant will support a new initiative in development, named ‘August in the Schools,’ which is designed to reach out to middle and high school students and engage them in the life of August Wilson, a man who took his impoverished Hill District childhood, his young adulthood of art, community activism and the stories of the Hill District, and used them as the dramatic content of a Cycle of 10 plays, one set in each decade of the 20th century. The August in Schools program will include opportunities for middle and high school students to learn about the life of August Wilson, engage in creative writing workshops with teaching artists, and more.

Just Harvest Education Fund

Healthy Neighborhood Focus Area: Quality of Life, Equitable Development
Amount: $60,000

Just Harvest educates, empowers and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice in our communities by influencing public policy, engaging in advocacy, and connecting people to public benefits.  With this grant, they aim to implement a series of customized healthy food access solutions in target neighborhoods using community-based marketing, advocacy, coalition-building, and business incentives. The project builds upon their Fresh Access program, which enables Farmers Markets to serve low-income shoppers by providing electronic transaction capacity so that shoppers can use their Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits, and their Fresh Corners program, which enables independent mom-and-pop stores in low-food-access areas to stock and sell fresh produce. Building on existing community assets to better serve the food needs of their neighborhoods, a catalytic investment from Neighborhood Allies will allow them to expand these programs into more neighborhoods and reach even more residents.

Willissae’s Agency for Vision and Empowerment (WAVE)

Healthy Neighborhood Focus Area: Equitable Development, Quality of Life
Amount: $75,000

Willissae’s Agency for Vision and Empowerment‘s primary goal is to build resilency in people, through social and spiritual empowerment, education and employment support, and financial and housing literacy, to help bring about neighborhood change. They aim to provide services that help individuals become self-sufficient and focus their efforts on improving the long-term well-being of individuals who have been affected by violence or other trauma. During the 2018, we awarded a $15,000 rolling grant to WAVE to support its homeownership workshops for individuals residing in Larimer. The training helped participants to set attainable goals, learn valuable financial information, and connect with people who can help them find a home that’s right for their needs. Building upon the success of prior grant outcomes, this $75,000 investment from Neighborhood Allies will enable WAVE to expand upon their whole person approach to housing counseling services, provide more housing counselors to meet the demand of its community, and continue to develop its homelessness prevention services, including partnering with landlords to provide opportunities to renters facing eviction to receive counseling from WAVE.

While we have awarded these grants for specific community-building projects, we also acknowledge the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on each of our grantees and their plans for the rest of 2020. Due to continuing social distancing requirements and other restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, many of these grantees will be re-imagining their programming to adapt to the current situation or adjusting their timeline for project implementation and completion. As a partner and ally, we are committed to remaining flexible during this time as the situation continues to evolve and have given our grantees space to do what is necessary for their organizations.

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    Rhoda Christian

    Congratulations to Charlise Smith and her staff for obtaining the funds to continue serving our communities to obtain Housing Home Ownership credit repair.

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