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Community's Endowment 2019 Impact

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is pleased to announce the awarding of 17 grants totaling $568,604 from the Community’s Endowment in 2019.


From the Herrick District Library to Winning at Home to Holland Community Hospital....

 The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is pleased to announce the awarding of 17 grants totaling $568,604 from the Community’s Endowment in 2019.

Community and Economic Development

Herrick District Library – Groundworks

  • Amount Awarded: $75,000 over three years
  • Purpose: To open and operate Groundworks at Herrick District Library's main facility.  This will be a place for adults to learn and collaborate in real-time, while exploring digital media content, with access to relevant technology and community experts.
  • Why this matters? The launch of Groundworks aligns with the results of a yearlong community listening effort that the library conducted in partnership with the Harwood Institute.  One of the key findings from this process was that residents are looking for lifelong learning opportunities that enrich their lives and provide new avenues for exploring entrepreneurship. Groundworks will provide an accessible space for community members to explore new tools and gain new skills for life and work.   

Washington School Neighbors – The Community Garden Project

  • Amount Awarded: $10,000
  • Purpose: To purchase property to relocate and continue the neighborhood's community gardens along with installing water service to the property and developing the land for gardening.
  • Why this matters? The new garden location will ensure that this opportunity continues to be available to neighborhood residents for the long term.  Having access to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in safe soil also offers long term health benefits for participating residents.  

 

Health

City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic – Behavioral Health Integration Program

  • Amount Awarded: $46,270 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To integrate mental health services into the Continued Care Clinic that currently serves as primary care for many of the patients who utilize the clinic.
  • Why this matters: Access to mental health services was one of the top needs identified through our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment conducted jointly by the County Health Department and local hospitals.  Many patients referred for mental health care struggle to follow through in receiving care due to cost, time, transportation, stigma and other barriers.  Accessing mental health care in the same time and place that these patients are seeking help for their physical health will greatly reduce these roadblocks to treatment.  

Holland Free Health Clinic – Increasing Access to Healthcare for the Hispanic Population in our Community

  • Amount Awarded: $20,000
  • Purpose: To remove language and cultural barriers that prevent Hispanic patients from gaining access to health services in the Holland/Zeeland area.
  • Why this matters: Over a quarter of patients served at Holland Free Health Clinic are Hispanic and half of those individuals speak Spanish as their primary language. Reducing or removing language and cultural barriers will improve access and quality of care for these patients which will have long term benefits for their health.  

Ottawa County Department of Public Health – New Miles of Smiles Mobile Dental Unit

  • Amount Awarded: $10,000
  • Purpose: To purchase a new Miles of Smiles mobile dental unit.
  • Why this matters: Nearly one in five adults in Ottawa County have not been to the dentist in the past year.  Poor oral health can lead to or worsen other health conditions.  Miles of Smiles has strong collaborative partnerships with schools and other community organizations that allow the program to reach the most vulnerable members of our community who are unlikely to access dental care elsewhere.  The mobile unit is key to bringing these dental services to people right where they are rather than having them come to one specific location.  Purchasing the new unit will ensure the program can continue to provide this critical service to hundreds of children and adults impacting their health now and in the future.   

 

Human Services

Beacon of Hope – Emotional Health Group for Adults on Probation

  • Amount Awarded: $20,000 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To provide emotional health and support to adults on probation to give them the hope they need to see themselves as contributing to their communities in a positive manner. 
  • Why this matters: Many individuals on probation have experienced trauma and have underlying mental health issues which, left unaddressed, often contribute to re-incarceration.  This program will provide returning citizens with the opportunity to better understand their mental health challenges, receive appropriate care from Beacon of Hope counselors and develop new coping mechanisms and strategies as they work to rebuild their lives.  

Community SPOKE on behalf of Thrive Ottawa County

  • Amount Awarded: $5,000
  • Purpose: Thrive Ottawa County is a collaboration of 25-30 organizations representing various nonprofit, government, and private sector partners that have come together to move forward a shared vision of reducing the number ACEs in our community while simultaneously supporting the use of trauma sensitive approaches to better serve and support those who have experienced ACEs.  This effort will train 25 “Community Champions” who will be deployed into the community to provide trainings to various organizations and groups that represent targeted audiences and to help educate the broader community regarding ACEs and the various tools to build healthy coping skills through a public awareness campaign.  
  • Why this matters: Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) such as the presence of substance abuse, an incarcerated parent, or domestic violence in the home or experiencing varying levels of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse have a lifelong impact on physical and mental health.  The long-term negative impact of ACEs become greatest when four or more are present and local data indicates that 14% (or roughly 40,000) of all Ottawa County adults have experienced four or more ACEs as a child. This effort will work to better educate the community about this reality and better equip organizations and individuals with knowledge of community resources and referral options.  

Winning at Home – Holland Counseling Center

  • Amount Awarded: $75,000 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To help renovate an existing building in downtown Holland on 16th Street and to help provide low cost counseling to individuals and families struggling with mental and relational health challenges who otherwise have barriers, such as transportation and finances, to receiving care.  
  • Why this matters: Data from the Ottawa County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Youth Assessment Survey (YAS) reflects the reality that many adults, children and families in our community are struggling with trauma, adverse childhood experiences, mental health, and building healthy relationships amid the challenges and stresses of day to day life.  The counseling services and educational programs provided at the new 16th Street location will offer community members access to the support and tools they need to navigate these challenges and find positive paths for the future.   

 

Seniors

Porter Hills Foundation – Recreational Therapy at LifeCircles PACE Holland

  • Amount Awarded: $13,334
  • Purpose: To enhance the lives of participants through Recreational Therapy Services and adaptive technologies, such as It's Never2Late.
  • Why this matters: The PACE model offers an alternative to nursing home care for older adults who wish to remain in their homes but need significant medical, social and daily living supports in addition to what their caregivers can provide at home.  LifeCircles PACE Holland currently serves 118 individuals and 70% of these participants have cognitive impairments or dementia.  It’sNever2Late will offer greater engagement with technology for individuals of all ability levels using a picture-based, touch-screen interface.  Users can simply “touch” their way to find therapeutic, educational, and personalized content that is appropriate to their own level of ability and access new tools like email and web-cams to keep in touch with family and friends providing empowerment and improved quality of life for participants.  

Resthaven – Research and Planning for The Warm Friend Facility Renovations

  • Amount Awarded: $12,000
  • Purpose: To support conducting a consumer research study and a master planning process that will help prioritize the necessary physical plant needs of The Warm Friend senior living facility.
  • Why this matters: Deciding the best way to move forward with stewarding the Warm Friend facility is a pivotal decision for Resthaven, the residents who live there currently, future residents and the immediate surrounding area in downtown Holland. These decisions will have long term implications for Resthaven and this landmark historic building in the heart of the downtown Holland.  

 

Youth

Critter Barn – Barn to Farm Campaign

  • Amount Awarded: $20,000
  • Purpose: To support the construction of Critter Barn's new educational farm center where residents and visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to participate in hands-on, interactive  learning experiences and witness everyday farm life.  
  • Why this matters: The new farm will provide a larger, safer, more accessible facility for children and adults to engage directly with animals and plants and to better understand the important role agriculture and farming have in growing the food we eat.   

Greater Ottawa County United Way / Lakeshore Housing Alliance – Voices of Youth Count

  • Amount Awarded: $4,000
  • Purpose: To conduct a thorough count of youth experiencing homelessness with the goal of creating a comprehensive strategy to address the needs of youth in housing crisis.
  • Why this matters: While there are several existing local data sources on youth homelessness, the Voices of Youth Count will work to generate a more comprehensive picture of how youth in our county are experiencing homelessness to inform future strategies to best address this need. 

Holland Community Hospital – School Mental Health Program

  • Amount Awarded: $70,000 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To provide a School Mental Health Care Manager to support student mental health by coordinating and managing care between the school, family, and health care provider and/or hospital.
  • Why this matters: The impact of every life lost to suicide is profound and ripples out through family, friends, classmates, and community.  Like many communities across the country, the Holland/Zeeland area has seen an increase in youth suicides and suicide attempts and that this issue is impacting younger and younger students.  The School Mental Health Program will place a trained medical professional in the school building to help students and families navigate this incredibly difficult issue and ensure key information flows smoothly between students’ medical providers, family members, and school supports.  These potentially life-saving connections to treatment and management/coordination of follow up care and school services are critical to prevent repeated crises for vulnerable students.  

Kids’ Food Basket – Ottawa/Allegan Program Expansion

  • Amount Awarded: $20,000
  • Purpose: To move to a larger facility housing KFB's warehouse, office, and volunteer space in one location allowing KFB to serve more daily nourishing meals to children in Holland and neighboring Allegan County rural school districts.
  • Why this matters: Childhood hunger has negative impacts on physical growth and brain development and is a barrier to children engaging fully in learning in the classroom.  With three Holland and West Ottawa schools on the wait list for the Sack Supper program and an increase in need at several currently participating schools, the new facility will ensure Kids’ Food Basket has the capacity to keep up with the growing demand for services in our community and provide the nutrition children need to reach their full potential.  

Midtown Counseling Services – On-site School Counseling Program

  • Amount Awarded: $75,000 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To provide trauma-focused counseling directly to Holland Middle School students on school grounds during school hours.
  • Why this matters: Childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences involving abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction have a profound impact on students who experience them.  In the short term, they are often a serious barrier to a child being able to fully participate in school and to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.  In the long term, adults who have had these experiences are more likely to suffer from poor physical and mental health and more likely to struggle with issues ranging from addiction to homelessness to suicide.  Providing counseling to students who have had adverse childhood experiences is a critical opportunity to offer the support and tools that can help them overcome the odds and find hope for a better future.  Providing counseling on site at school removes the barriers of cost and transportation that often prevent students from accessing these kinds of services.  

Refugee Education Center – Holland/Zeeland Expansion

  • Amount Awarded: $28,000 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To serve refugee students in Holland/Zeeland area schools by providing individualized graduation plans and educational support to prepare them for successful transition from high school.
  • Why this matters: Students who move to our community as refugees face many challenges in learning to navigate a new education system and community supports for youth.  Providing pro-active guidance to these students that addresses their unique individual needs will benefit them, their families and their schools as they are more easily able to align their previous schooling with their education here and map out the next steps for continued learning.  

Spectrum Health Foundation Zeeland Community Hospital – Blue Envelope Suicide Prevention Program 

  • Amount Awarded: $65,000 over 3 years
  • Purpose: To support the creation and implementation of the school-based Blue Envelope Suicide Prevention Program in Ottawa County.
  • Why this matters: The impact of every life lost to suicide is profound and ripples out through family, friends, classmates, and community.  Like many communities across the country, the Holland/Zeeland area has seen an increase in youth suicides and suicide attempts and that this issue is impacting younger and younger students.  The Blue Envelope Program has the potential to save lives by equipping every adult in the school setting from teachers to custodians to coaches to recognize and take initial steps to respond to a student who reveals suicidal thoughts or behaviors.  It also provides training and protocols for the initial responder to loop in secondary responders such as principals, social workers, and counselors who can provide additional support, resources and referrals for help.


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