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Matthew 25 AIDS Services

PReP

Yes

With the modified award of $4,500, we were able to purchase 300 fuel gift cards. These cards were distributed to our PReP patients to assist with transportation to and from their medical appointments. The aim of this initiative was to mitigate transportation barriers, thereby improving appointment adherence and overall patient outcomes.
Total Fuel Cards Purchased: 300
Card Amount: $15.00
Outcome: The provision of these fuel cards has significantly reduced the transportation burden for our PReP patients, resulting in improved appointment adherence and continuity of care.

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As an organization that has provided clinical care since 1996, we understand the barriers patients face within our service area. Due to the rural landscape and lack of public transit and ride share options, transportation is a significant barrier to patient care. Being equipped to assist patients with transportation costs is largely beneficial. Additionally, we have discovered new barriers for PReP patients that include covering medication co-payment costs. This is something we can be mindful of moving forward.

Funding projects that are untraditional in scope but needed make a significant difference for organizations serving rural communities. The support of our project to supply fuel vouchers was extremely beneficial to our service area due to the lack of public transportation. Offering support in areas that often are labeled as" unallowable costs" with other federal and state grants is also crucial. For example, allowing funds to be utilized for patient assistance for uncovered medication costs would be highly impactful, as many patients often have to choose between meeting their basic needs or their medication.

KSWF grant application process is streamlined and efficient.

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Entry Notes

Henderson Settlement

Henderson Settlement Food Pantry Project

No

We have yet to spend all the grant money. Considering that the deadline to use the funds has not yet been reached, we are trying to stretch these funds out as much as we can in order to serve those in need.

With this grant, we have been able to continue the fight against food insecurity in which Kentucky ranks seventh in the country according to a 2022 study.

We learned that with the growing need in all of America that we have to put our trust in The Lord to provide us and show us ways to partner with other organizations that have the same ending goal, and that is to combat hunger. Something I have learned is to keep a watchful eye out for sales and free items. And to never underestimate what a determined person can do when they are given fresh fruits and vegetables. We have had several come in and share their excitement on learning how to properly can and freeze these food items for future use. The settlement has hosted food preservation classes and had great success with community participation.

Advice for funders such as KSWF would be to continue prioritizing those who experience diminished economic opportunities and it would be beneficial to expand into other areas of need, i.e. basic hygiene. Due to food cost, families are having to choose between food and toiletries.

Working with KSWF has been a real blessing to us here at Henderson. We could not do what we do to the capacity we have been able to without your help. With the growing cost of food everywhere, families are having to face harder choices on what food to buy and what bills to pay to keep their homes going day to day. The food pantry here has seen first-hand the desperation of these families when they come in each month.

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the River Region

Going the Extra Mile for Children

No

From January 9 through May 31, CASA has paid $4,331.26 (of $9,900 awarded) in mileage reimbursement to 25 CASA volunteers. Mileage reimbursement is optional for volunteers to request and was submitted for 10,072.7 miles of 13,829.80 miles logged serving children in the rural counties of our service area. CASA is on pace to expend the remaining $5,568.74 by year-end.

Providing mileage reimbursement ensured CASA volunteers were able to visit their assigned children as often as needed to monitor their safety and living environment, represent them in Family Court, and connect them to services that improved their well-being. Funding from KSWF helped remove the barrier of travel expense that may have prohibited some volunteers from making visits to remote areas as needed and ensuring that children throughout our service area had more equitable access to the support a CASA can provide.

From January 9 through May 31, 61 volunteers recorded 13,829.80 miles and over 1,268 hours serving 164 abused/neglected children in Bullitt, Henry, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties.

CASA’s vision is to provide every maltreated child who needs one with a CASA volunteer to advocate for their best interests, let them know they are valued and cared for, and work to improve their short-term and long-term outcomes. CASA must recruit, train, and retain volunteers to serve more children and look for potential barriers that may prevent some individuals from serving. Since the pandemic, national and local volunteerism rates have declined. Offering reimbursement of travel costs for volunteers helps lessen their financial burden for miles driven while serving their assigned children and shows volunteers that they are valued and supported.

Continue to encourage increased awareness of available resources and promote collaboration among agencies in rural counties.

We appreciate that KSWF’s grant process is uncomplicated yet thorough, and that KSWF is focused on underserved communities.

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Due to the sensitive nature of our work, CASA is unable to provide photographs as we must preserve the confidentiality of the maltreated children we serve.

Entry Notes

Have a Heart Foundation Inc.

Expanding Free Community Screenings Program

Yes

With funding from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, we were able to reach one of the goals for our free screenings. We used the funding to purchase an ankle-brachial index machine to test for peripheral artery disease (PAD) so that we could add this type of testing to our screening process.

We received the funding in January 2024 and purchased the equipment in early February 2024. Since then, we have been able to use it in one screening in February. At that screening, we were able to screen 40 people and 20% of those screened needed additional intervention and were referred to the clinic. We have 8 additional screenings scheduled for 2024 where we will continue to utilize the equipment.

We were not able to expand our free clinics from six to 12 as planned without full funding. Instead, we held seven free clinics in 2023.

We discovered that utilizing the new equipment for PAD screening surpassed our expectations, requiring only 5 – 6 minutes per patient. This advancement enabled us to swiftly and efficiently conduct crucial diagnostic tests for peripheral artery disease at our free clinics. Our clinic operates on a sustainable Coordinated Care Model, emphasizing holistic care for the underserved, encompassing physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects, with a focus on heart health. Have a Heart Clinic serves as a hub where dedicated medical volunteers, both seasoned and new, administer patient care, pursue research endeavors, and pioneer innovative treatment approaches. We are convinced that our model holds valuable lessons for others, advocating for the adoption of similar comprehensive care practices in our community and beyond.

It's crucial that organizations like the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation and others maintain their support for healthcare access among low-income individuals, whether they're uninsured or underinsured. Healthcare isn't just a luxury—it's a basic human right. No one should be denied essential medical services because of their financial situation. By continuing to prioritize funding for healthcare among economically disadvantaged populations, we uphold principles of fairness and equality.

Additionally, backing healthcare for vulnerable groups is vital for public health outcomes. Diseases don't care how much money you make—they can affect anyone. Untreated conditions not only harm individuals but also pose risks to entire communities. Investing in preventive care and early intervention for low-income individuals doesn't just benefit them; it boosts overall community well-being.

Moreover, neglecting healthcare for the uninsured or underinsured can lead to serious economic consequences. When health issues go untreated, they often become more severe and expensive to manage later on. Plus, relying on emergency rooms for primary care drives up healthcare costs for everyone. By investing in accessible healthcare for economically disadvantaged populations, we can reduce long-term healthcare expenses and promote economic stability.

Over the past two years, the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation has been an invaluable partner to Have a Heart. In 2022, their support enabled us to significantly enhance our services at the Preventive Cardiology and Health Equity Center. By extending the hours of our social worker and nurse educator, we expanded our capacity to serve our community. With the foundation's assistance, we've also upgraded the testing capabilities at our free clinics. We're deeply grateful for this partnership and for the straightforwardness of the final report, which alleviates the burden on our staff and allows them to concentrate on meeting the needs of our patients.

Entry Notes

Art Center of the Bluegrass, Inc.

Art Therapy Program

Yes

The Art Therapy Program at the Art Center of the Bluegrass seeks to provide essential self-help tools and training in coping skills, emotional learning, and self-expression to individuals in Danville, Kentucky and surrounding towns. Our goal is to offer a safe and nurturing environment for personal growth, self-discovery, and emotional well-being through the creative arts. Thanks to your support, we were able to hire a licensed art therapist to work with 30 individuals over 4 classes. Your support allowed us to be able to afford the $300 per hour fee and keep the enrollment fee to a very minimal amount (with scholarships available.). Our goal is to have an art therapist available on a part time basis where we can facilitate groups who could benefit from these services (bereavement, recovering addicts, children in schools, abuse victims...)

We need more money to expand the program because there is a strong need to address mental health and wellness in our community and surrounding communities. We have learned that our group size of 5 - 7 people works well and keeps things more intimate. We learned that all people can benefit from these services.

When working with licensed art therapists, you are paying a significant amount of money and to serve more people, the fees for the class taker must be minimal and no cost. That is how we look at all of our programming at the Art Center, but especially this program.
Sometimes you need to pivot in what you do to better serve the community. People change, times change, and as a nonprofit organization, you should be thinking about your community and audience and change as they change.

Thank you for your support as it has enabled us to serve those in need of wellness and healing who would otherwise not be able to access or afford art therapy!

Entry Notes

Have a Heart Clinic

Expanding Free Community Screenings Program

Yes

With funding from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, we were able to reach one of the goals for our free screenings. We used the funding to purchase an ankle-brachial index machine to test for peripheral artery disease (PAD) so that we could add this type of testing to our screening process.

We received the funding in January 2024 and purchased the equipment in early February 2024. Since then, we have been able to use it in one screening in February. At that screening, we were able to screen 40 people and0 20% of those screened needed additional intervention and were referred to the clinic. We have 8 additional screenings scheduled for 2024 where we will continue to utilize the equipment.

We were not able to expand our free clinics from six to 12 as planned without full funding. Instead, we held seven free clinics in 2023.

We discovered that utilizing the new equipment for PAD screening surpassed our expectations, requiring only 5 – 6 minutes per patient. This advancement enabled us to swiftly and efficiently conduct crucial diagnostic tests for peripheral artery disease at our free clinics. Our clinic operates on a sustainable Coordinated Care Model, emphasizing holistic care for the underserved, encompassing physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects, with a focus on heart health. Have a Heart Clinic serves as a hub where dedicated medical volunteers, both seasoned and new, administer patient care, pursue research endeavors, and pioneer innovative treatment approaches. We are convinced that our model holds valuable lessons for others, advocating for the adoption of similar comprehensive care practices in our community and beyond.

It's crucial that organizations like the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation and others maintain their support for healthcare access among low-income individuals, whether they're uninsured or underinsured. Healthcare isn't just a luxury—it's a basic human right. No one should be denied essential medical services because of their financial situation. By continuing to prioritize funding for healthcare among economically disadvantaged populations, we uphold principles of fairness and equality.

Additionally, backing healthcare for vulnerable groups is vital for public health outcomes. Diseases don't care how much money you make—they can affect anyone. Untreated conditions not only harm individuals but also pose risks to entire communities. Investing in preventive care and early intervention for low-income individuals doesn't just benefit them; it boosts overall community well-being.

Moreover, neglecting healthcare for the uninsured or underinsured can lead to serious economic consequences. When health issues go untreated, they often become more severe and expensive to manage later on. Plus, relying on emergency rooms for primary care drives up healthcare costs for everyone. By investing in accessible healthcare for economically disadvantaged populations, we can reduce long-term healthcare expenses and promote economic stability.

Over the past two years, the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation has been an invaluable partner to Have a Heart. In 2022, their support enabled us to significantly enhance our services at the Preventive Cardiology and Health Equity Center. By extending the hours of our social worker and nurse educator, we expanded our capacity to serve our community. With the foundation's assistance, we've also upgraded the testing capabilities at our free clinics. We're deeply grateful for this partnership and for the straightforwardness of the final report, which alleviates the burden on our staff and allows them to concentrate on meeting the needs of our patients.

Entry Notes

The Living Arts & Science Center

Expanding After-School Learning and Engagement for Low-Income Middle and High School Students

No

We have $13.46 left from the grant.

The $5,000 funded from KSWF was awarded in January 2024 and allowed us to expand our free after-school STEAM Education program, Science Explorers, into Winburn Middle School. Winburn Middle School had expressed interest in free after-school STEAM programming and before this grant award, we were unable to meet that need. Funding allowed us to reach 15 students each week, in the spring of 2024. Students experienced 90-minutes of programming each week, for 8 weeks. At the end of the semester, each student was invited to the LASC with 5 family members, for a Celebration Night. This was a free event that included activities, dinner, and a planetarium show, encouraging family activities and community support from the LASC. Because we expanded into Winburn, students from Winburn will now be eligible for our STEAM Summer Camp. One week in June, this summer camp is a STEAM intensive summer camp, free of charge, exclusively for students who participate in our after-school programs. Four students from each of our school partners can participate, ensuring that students from Winburn can continue their STEAM learning into the summer and mitigate summer learning losses while expanding their support circles by making new friends and being exposed to positive role models. Not only did the funding from KSWF support 112 hours of our Educators’ time to prepare, develop a curriculum, purchase materials, and coordinate programming with FCPS, travel, and instruction, but it also provided a safe afterschool activity and community support for students. KSWF allowed the LASC to impact students, teachers, and families, with programming that extends beyond the school semester.

We learned there is a continued need for this program and others like it in local schools, especially Title 1 schools. Winburn Middle reached out wanting to implement a more art-focused after-school program in addition to the STEAM/Science Explorers program. We are looking at funding options to provide that resource to teachers and students.

Afterschool programming and funding for extended learning opportunities with hands-on, project-based learning is crucial for students to prepare for future academic and career success. The materials and equipment for these programs are part of the cost, but the biggest expense is always overhead and salaries. Especially for an organization like ours, we can create our STEAM kits or construct activities with new and recycled materials, decreasing expenses. It is more costly, however, to have the funding to hire talented Educators. We appreciate that this grant allowed the flexibility to Funding for programs like this is incredibly helpful and makes a direct impact on local students who would otherwise be unable to participate in after-school STEAM programming.

Working with KSWF has been great and we truly appreciate the support of this program. Winburn Middle is a school that has wanted to implement our afterschool STEAM programs, and being able to do that has not only been helpful for students but has strengthened our relationship with the school and community. We do not have any improvement suggestions - this has been a great experience and we appreciate the support to ensure we can meet the needs of local schools.

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Concerned Citizens of Logan County

A Cheerful Christmas

Yes

Our goal with the money provided by KSWF was to give those struggling in our community a Christmas dinner for their whole family. We started out with the goal of 90 families, but with the help of our local grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, we were able to provide 102 families a Christmas dinner box filled with everything needed to cook a Christmas dinner. The families we served were nominated by the local schools as well as Life Skills and the teen pregnancy center. There were six families unable to pick up their Christmas dinner boxes, so we personally delivered them straight to their doorstep. Many of these families expressed their gratitude to the organization because they had lost all hope in providing their family with a dinner on Christmas. Because of KSWF partnering with our organization, our community went to bed satisfied on Christmas.

One of our organizations main goals during this program was to partner with others to achieve our end goal. For example, we needed to choose families in our community who needed the most help. Who better to ask than those dealing with poverty-stricken families every day. Working together with others to achieve an overall goal is so imperative.
Another important lesson learned during this program was how detailed everything needed to be right down to the people we had carry out the meal boxes to individual cars because the boxes were too heavy for most of the families.

Our organization wasn't aware of KSWF until we did more in-depth research of funders in Kentucky. To extend services in more rural areas, it would be helpful to make organizations more aware of your organization and its goals/values.

We would like to commend KSWF for personally coming down to our event to see our program in action. It made all the difference to share our work and our vision for the future of our community.

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Entry Notes

Arbor Youth Services

Compter Learning Center

No

We got some of the computers and the printer on sale. We are also still in the process of buying ink and paper.

Thanks to your generous support, we've achieved significant milestones with the grant we received for the Computer Learning and Job Center. We established a dedicated space equipped with computers, internet access, and learning resources with the grant funding. This center is a hub for individuals seeking to enhance their computer skills and access job-related resources. In addition to computer training, we organized job readiness workshops covering resume writing, interview skills, and job search strategies. These workshops have empowered participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to secure employment opportunities in today's competitive job market.

We learned that just because we have the equipment doesn't mean we can get the 18 to 24-year-olds interested. We knew that offering classes on Job readiness and having incentives like bus passes and interview outfits were key in getting them interested in the computer center. We were able to motivate them to want to learn.

I would make sure you have good access to wifi in rural areas and offering ways they can communicate and learn from outside their area.

Nothing it was a pleasure working with you all.

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Orphan Care Alliance

Expansion of Family Support Service

No

Orphan Care Alliance spent funds and tracked the spending of funds as allocated in the grant we received from KSWF. We did not expand all the funds to date but are continuing to expand the funds in the area as directed in the grant. We have attached a detailed financial sheet showing the amount of funds spent in each area that the grant funded. When we applied for this grant, we had an OCA staff in the Northern Bluegrass Region as part of expanding into this area of the state along with another partner KYA that was focused on creating more opportunity in the region. Shortly after receiving the grant, we had some staffing changes in the region and the KYA movement in the region backed down resulting in new challenges in creating opportunities to expend the funds allocated in the grant. We responded by expanding the region for our Southern Bluegrass Region Ministry Leader to include the Northern Bluegrass Region to continue networking and serving those in the region. We have stayed the course with the region expansion and are continuing to offer services in the Northern Bluegrass Region as we see much need in the region and desire to bring opportunity to children and families there. What funds we have not expended to date will be expended in the Northern Bluegrass Region as allocated in the grant as we continue to advance in the region.

Orphan Care Alliance was able to accomplish the following because of the blessings we received through the KSWF grant funding.
• We expanded OCA into a new region gaining more church and community partnerships to serve more children and families impacted by foster care, adoption, kinship care, and families on the margin of losing their children to foster care.
• We were able to train and equip more foster families in the Northern Bluegrass Region to open their hearts and homes to children coming into the foster care system.
• We were able to assist multiple families like Kim A. (full name protected for privacy) who we are continuing to offer Family Coaching through (Community Impact Scholarships) as she raises her nieces and nephews who are classified by the state as medically fragile.
• We were able to help families like Lauren & Amber H. (full name protected for privacy) who desired to adopt through assisting with finding resources for lower-cost adoption and providing support on their journey to get to the point of adopting a newborn baby girl.
• We were able to help more churches engage in new ways of wrapping around and offering support to foster and adoptive families in their church and their community.
• We were able to network with area hospitals to offer resources of families and churches that are willing to step in and assist new mothers and families in wrap-around care and support.

• We learned that the need for more community support in the area of the Northern Bluegrass is great, but building an understanding of the needs around caring for children and families is a journey.
• We learned that we must educate and build solid relationships in the process of recruiting volunteers. Many times, this would take multiple visits to churches and community partnerships before getting the partnership strength needed for healthy engagement.
• We learned that a full-time staff member is needed in the area to nurture and expand the support in the region, because of the need for building relationships and education around the needs of each community.
• We learned that because of limited resources in the region, there is a lack of understanding of the need for more resources for families serving in foster care and adoption.

Know that anytime an organization is expanding into new territory obstacles will arise, and challenges will happen causing organizations to have to shift and adapt. This will sometimes lead to longer periods to expend funds allocated in grants. We appreciate the understanding of those challenges and obstacles and the willingness to allow the organization the time to work through and overcome challenges to complete the expansion and finish the grant funds well. It is those challenges and obstacles that make the organization and expansion stronger as we learn from them and press on in the new area we desire to serve.

First, we would commend the grant process was good. We are so thankful that you entrusted our organization to advance into a new area without knowing the obstacles that we would potentially encounter. We appreciate how this grant helped us to push forward and engage even amid the challenges we faced along the way because we were able to have some amazing impact. We are also still cultivating the area and having impact as we continue to fulfill the grant and expand on the relationships established because of the grant funding.
We would suggest or recommend that funding that is going into new regions like we were attempting to potentially offer the option of a two-year tier type grant that allows for expanded time in filling the grant. Working new areas that have never been worked can present challenges that may not be known, so allowing those applying for grants to request an extension or at the point of applying for the grant to expand the funding over two years would be beneficial. We know that we had some unforeseen circumstances like a staff change and a partner shift in the area we were working, which caused a shift in how we could approach the area but have an option for us to request an extension or upfront at the point of request we request two years because of the type of request we were making to expand into a new area could be helpful.

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The Appalachian Center for The Arts

Vitality Theatre Company Health Equity Tour

No

$3,000 of the allotted $11,000 in grant funding was to be used in building the set, costumes, and props for our Cyberbullying show geared towards middle schoolers. We had to push this show back in to our next touring season, thus pushing the build of this show back as well. We have received permission to have this money roll over to the next year.

In 2023-2024, the App’s Vitality Theatre Touring Company was able to serve almost 5,000 students in Eastern Kentucky by providing entertaining, thought-provoking, and informative shows about the health and wellness of students in our community. This was made possible in part by generous funding from the Kentucky State Welfare Foundation. This funding allowed us to expand our advertising for the tour through brochures that were sent out to schools, presented at meetings with health directors, senators, teachers, and other interested parties and used as a tool to better explain the mission of our touring company. We were also able to try out online advertising to build community awareness of the shows and the tour in general. This community awareness has garnered a great deal of support from parents, teachers, and key stakeholders in our community. The KSWF funding also helped provide lodging for the artists who were with us for 10 months. The ability to have an artist company for an extended time is invaluable. This gave them the time to not only rehearse, build, and perform in the shows that were offered during our touring season but also play a major part in creating our study guides and giving feedback from discussions they had with students. Because of these discussions, they were able to offer knowledgeable suggestions for topics that we should tackle in the future. Students who came to The Appalachian Center for the Arts also recognized these individuals from the tours which helped make a more personal connection among the patrons and artists in our community.

Our major goal for this year was to bring the vitality theatre company shows to at least 10,000 students throughout Kentucky. We were able to reach about 5,000. Although our goal was not fully attained, we learned a great deal through this process. To book these shows we sent out informational brochures to schools throughout the Big Sandy Ad area. That is counties in Pike, Floyd, Magoffin, Martin, and Johnson. Although these brochures had quite a bit of information on them, we found that they either were overlooked or not received by the people who would be responsible for booking at the schools. To have the highest success rate in booking the schools, we found that it was better to call the schools first and then send them the needed information. A major obstacle that we discovered was with availability of funding in the schools. Many of the schools we spoke to were interested in the project but did not have the funding to bring us to their schools. I also believe we were too late into the school year when we started booking.
To counteract this for next year, we have created two solutions. First, we have reached out to all 60 health directors in the state of Kentucky. Of those 60, we have secured meetings with 13 of them to discuss this project and brainstorm ways to find funding for these shows to be brought to schools in their perspective counties. We have found that there is funding in opioid settlements, different grants, educational funds, and various foundations that can be used to go toward these shows. By partnering with these health departments, we feel confident that we will be able to further expand our reach in the 2024/25 season.
Secondly, we put out a call for play submissions and pitches on the topics of vaping self-confidence, and opioid and substance abuse. We received over 50 submissions. We are currently in the process of reviewing these play submissions and interviewing playwrights to have more shows commissioned for next year and will have a fully chosen season by the end of April 2024. We will begin contacting schools in May, via phone, to discuss our show options. By reaching out to the schools before they begin working on schedules and budgets for the next school season, we hope to have more success in finding an optimal time to visit their locations and share our project with them. We have also received some commitments for a cost-sharing initiative from various health departments throughout Kentucky where they will help share the cost of the shows with committed schools in their perspective counties.

Bringing awareness and sparking discussion on health and wellness topics that are affecting our youth is a large task. Doing it in a creative way such as presenting the information through a series of performances that bring empathy to these topics is extremely effective but will take time to become completely sustainable on its own. Creating theatre, especially when you are in the infancy stages of a program can hold a great deal of expense. I think that if I had any advice, it would be to believe in the importance of your on-going support. To know that you are helping organizations such as The App make a difference in the lives of our youth. The effects of which may not be immediately outstanding but your support is helping us build a firm foundation to bring awareness and change in a creative way.

I appreciated the check-ins that were provided by KSWF. Knowing that I had someone just an email or call away should I have any questions on the use of grant funds was really helpful. It also helped create a more personal involvement with this wonderful foundation.

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Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

Preventing Child Maltreatment for Kentucky Children with Disabilities

No

We have not yet printed the final report, so we have yet to incur design, printing and distribution costs associated with this line item. Also, there are several cohort members who have not yet submitted their travel/expenses associated with their participation. We expect to expend the grant funds in their entirety.

Funding from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation helped Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky convene a Child Maltreatment and Disabilities Cohort of 16 statewide PCAK Partners. Stipend funds were provided to Cohort members with lived expertise. The Cohort has met a total of four times to-date, once in person and four times virtually. As a result of these Cohort meetings, gaps have been identified in addressing the connections/correlations between disabilities and child maltreatment prevention and their corresponding consequences.

As scheduled in our grant proposal, we are now in the final stages of developing the statewide report which will be disseminated to 500 stakeholder organizations statewide, the Governor's Office as well as the Kentucky State Senate and Kentucky House of Representatives, along with members of Kentucky's Congressional Delegation. Upon completion, this report will provide information to service providers and families across Kentucky on maltreatment prevention when it comes to children with disabilities and include the gaps and recommendations developed by the Cohort.

As identified in our grant proposal, the final report/recommendations will be distributed to key stakeholders. It is our hope the recommendations/gaps identified will lead to meaningful conversations and public policy for improving the quality of life for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs so they never have to be involved in the child welfare system.

The Child Maltreatment and Disabilities Cohort identified a plethora of gaps related to children with disabilities and child maltreatment. We have learned these gaps span across all micro, mezzo, and macro levels, ranging from caregiver's stress and lack of education, to lack of resources, and lack of funding. We also learned of the great interest in this topic; we underestimated the interest we would have and the multitude of gaps that would be identified.

While we will spend the entire amount allocated to us by the KSWF, it has been a challenge receiving travel expenses from cohort members. We continue to follow-up with them, as a number of them have traveled a long distance to join us for our on-site meeting.  

It would be helpful to be connected to other grantees so we can share successes and challenges. Would also be helpful if the KSWF could use their sphere of influence to help connect awardees to other grantmakers who may share similar priorities.

The ease of the application and reporting requirements is to be commended. We wish there was an opportunity for follow-up funding, as our proposal lends itself to a multi-year commitment. We will need to search for other funding sources to help us move forward with the recommendations and gaps. We appreciate the hand-delivery of the check -- it made us feel connected to you.

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LifeWorks at WKU

Building a Bridge to Independence: Scholarships for Autistic Young Adults

Yes

Kentucky is one of only a few states in the country to have a living and learning transition program for autistic young adults. The LifeWorks Transition Academy is a structured two-year program that assists young adults with low-support autism to develop the skills necessary to successfully transition to independent living and gainful employment. LifeWorks, established in 2020, is a non-profit organization and is completely financially dependent on participant tuition, as well as charitable contributions and grants. Although affiliated with Western Kentucky University, we are a separate revenue-dependent 501(c)3 and do not receive direct funds from the University for operations. In addition, there is no government payer source or insurance coverage for programs like LifeWorks.

With support from KSWF, we are proud to report FIVE qualified participants from rural areas in Kentucky received $5,000 scholarships each to enroll in the LifeWorks Transition Academy in the fall of 2023. Within the first six months of their two-year program, three are working part-time and two are transitioning from internship and job-shadow experiences into part-time employment. They are each living independently in an on-site apartment, exercising regularly, volunteering in the community, and taking essential life skills courses. None of the five participants, also known as the KSWF Scholars, would have been able to attend LifeWorks without the financial support of this grant. For further perspective, at least 70% of qualified applicants who apply to LifeWorks do not pursue enrollment due to financial limitations. The KSWF Scholars pay an average of $1,250 per month to attend LifeWorks, compared to the $4,200 per month in full tuition if we did not have the support to offer scholarships. The progress the KSWF Scholars have made emotionally, physically, socially, and professionally in the past six months would not have occurred if they had continued to live at home with their families and remained unemployed. It is only because of the KSWF scholarship funds, combined with additional LifeWorks scholarship support, that they could afford to attend. This grant has provided them the opportunity to practice independent living in a supportive community environment while receiving direct assistance in obtaining and maintaining employment. In short, support from KSWF is their bridge to independence.

According to the National Association of Residential Providers of Adults with Autism, "There is now a national crisis in services to adults with development disabilities ... and especially those with autism. The most critical issue is woefully inadequate funding." Of the 19 autistic young adults enrolled in the LifeWorks Transition Academy, 84% are classified as being at or below poverty level and 100% receive partial scholarship support to attend. There are very few program options that support autistic young adults as they transition from the K-12 school system into adulthood. Unfortunately, because there is no insurance coverage or government payer source, the burden of paying for the support they need to transition to independent living and employment falls squarely on the individuals and their families. Most autistic young adults experience something commonly referred to as "failure to launch," as evidenced by the 85% national unemployment/underemployment rate for adults on the spectrum. LifeWorks has reversed that trend with 90% of are participants currently working part- or full-time. LifeWorks would not be able to impact the lives of autistic young adults without the community support and partnership investments from organizations like KSWF. LifeWorks has learned "where there's a will, there's a way" when it comes to addressing the needs of any under-served population. In our case, there was a need to create a transition program, and subsequently, the need to financially help our participants attend. With the support of KSWF, we are changing lives and making space in the world for autistic young adults, and in particular, five special individuals from rural Kentucky.

We were beyond grateful and humbled to receive KSWF funding in 2023. As a first-time applicant to the KSWF grant program, we were uncertain if the population we serve would be within the purview of projects supported by KSWF. We were pleasantly surprised by the faith and confidence placed in our innovative program by the trustees of KSWF. With nearly 83,000 Kentuckians diagnosed on the autism spectrum, the trustees immediately recognized that a significant number of those individuals are young adults from rural areas who deserve a chance to work toward successfully leading lives of independence and employment. We are deeply grateful that funders like KSWF recognize the needs of ALL Kentuckians, and we hope they will continue to be receptive to applicants from all backgrounds, diversities, and levels of need.

We absolutely LOVE that two representatives from KSWF, Dr. Susan Wesley and Ms. Monica Hines, visited LifeWorks to present our grant award! We receive grants and gifts from a number of other organizations whom we never get a chance to interact with or get to know. This personal touch made us feel so special and acknowledged. It made the financial support feel more like personal support -- that every human behind KSWF is behind every human at LifeWorks. We deeply respect and appreciate this personal touch and are forever grateful to have shared that moment with Dr. Wesley and Ms. Hines. Please see attached pictures of our check presentation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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God's Pantry Food Bank, Inc.

Fayette County Pantry Program Expansion

Yes

Based on support from community partners like the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, we were able to successfully plan for and open a fifth pantry to expand the reach of our Fayette County Pantry Program. The Fayette County Pantry Program supports the over 33,000 food insecure neighbors in the Lexington area by providing access to food and grocery products at no cost. It also fills a gap in our programming by adding a pantry location in an under-resourced zip code to provide a higher level of support than previously received.

Specifically, KSWF funding enabled us to provide over 66,000 pounds of fresh produce, canned goods, frozen meats, and a variety of other nourishing foods during the first two months of operation (January-February 2024). That’s the equivalent of over 55,000 meals for neighbors in the Lexington area since the pantry has been open.

Another highlight of this project is that our 817 Winchester Road pantry location also houses our Volunteer Center and our SNAP Application Assistance Team. Our SNAP Team spends some of their time completing in-person outreach for those visiting the pantry. An average SNAP application provides $245.73 of groceries per month in Kentucky.

In the first week of service, a neighbor saw our SNAP flyer at 817 Winchester Road, which clearly displays income guidelines for the program. She had previously not realized she qualified to receive SNAP benefits, but after seeing the flyer and talking to our team, she was able to apply. By providing this service directly at our pantry program, we aim to connect neighbors to other helpful programs, providing food for today and resources for tomorrow.

We appreciate your long-term support of our work—thank you!

Listening and learning from those we are there to support (our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity) helps guide our program goals. We have found that the interaction between neighbors, volunteers, and staff is crucial for program success.

We appreciate that the application and reporting process are not excessive. This helps to keep the process accessible for many nonprofit organizations.

We appreciate how engaged Board Members have been. We had a Board Member personally deliver our check, and we had others check in on us throughout the process. We would welcome any additional Board Members that wanted to see our new space or visit for a tour.

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The Healing Place Inc.

Peer Mentor Program (Campbellsville)

Yes

In 2023, 22 men went through the Campbellsville location Peer Mentors Office. Overall, 226 clients were served in the program. Peer Mentor and client interactions occur daily and cannot be measured by numbers but have clear results.

Approximately 30 clients obtained GED’s in 2023. Seventeen clients completed Portal New Directions reentry curriculum through The Healing Place Campbellsville. All clients enter the University of Kentucky extension office “Healthy Choices For Your Recovering Body” nutrition program while in Phase 1 of the program. Clients have access to iPads for teleconference court hearings and can attend in person court hearings. Peer Mentors help clients to advocate for themselves, balance recovery with other responsibilities, and to take accountability for their actions. Peer Mentors guide clients in the early phases of recovery, provide peer-to-peer interaction, and function as a role model for clients that are struggling to see themselves in long term recovery.

Peer mentors are vital to the continued success of the program, and without the support of the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, we may not have been able to support as many Peer Mentors and their program in 2023.

We found the largest barriers to recovery faced by peer mentors are securing career worthy employment and housing options that are in a “recovery desirable” area. Many of our clients come from rural areas with limited access to upward mobility. Focusing on sobriety, leadership, continuing education, and building strong networks with outside resources helped us to alleviate these challenges.

Many of our clients have had years of drug abuse and other marginalizing factors diminishing their opportunities for growth and good health. While our process takes months, it allows individuals the time and space to truly reflect on their actions, take accountability, and develop better coping mechanisms. We aim to help the whole person.

We have always had a wonderful experience working with the KSWF. We believe in the mission, and it aligns with what we aim to do as well. We hope to continue to work together for years to come.

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Gathering Strength

Expansion of Accessible Group Empowerment Activities for People with Disabilities

Yes

The Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation (KSWF) $9,000 grant helped Gathering Strength to continue, and significantly expand, its health, wellness, and educational activities for people with disabilities.

Since 2020, Gathering Strength has created and offered free, online group activities such as adapted exercise, yoga, relaxation, and peer support, which increase access to meaningful, health-promoting physical activity, stress reduction, and socialization for people with physically disabling conditions.

In 2023, with KSWF help, Gathering Strength was able to increase its group activities and provide 20 different kinds of online and in-person classes for a total of 131 free activities. The cost of providing these classes include paying the teachers and experts who lead them, video conferencing platform (Zoom), mass marketing platform (Constant Contact), and the time of our online course manager, social media manager, and Executive Director to design, recruit and vet experts/teachers, do outreach, advertise the classes, and host them.

Gathering Strength’s application to KSWF stated that its goals included increasing participation of people around Kentucky, especially in Eastern Kentucky; and expanding the format to include in-person activities (when feasible and safe); and expanding the subject matter of activities to include empowerment topics. All of these goals were accomplished.

1. Topics for activities were expanded to include:

a. Financial Empowerment, a three-part, online series

i. 8/30/23 Financial Wellness for people with disabilities: guidance on budgeting, managing debt, and getting banked. An online workshop
ii. 9/27/23 Saving for the Future
iii. 10/25/23 Working While on Benefits

b. Equal Healthcare Services for People with Disabilities, a two-part series

i. 9/20/23 The Law requires full and equal services.
ii. 10/11/23 How to file administrative complaints.

2. Three in-person activities were organized and conducted in 2023:

a. July 20, 2023. Topic: Financial Wellness workshop at Frazier Rehab Institute. Gathering Strength’s Executive Director, brought together Frazier Rehab and the Louisville Metro Office of Financial Empowerment to create a workshop for patients and family members about budgeting, banking, and managing debt. 8 patients and family members attended.

b. August 24, 2023. Topic: Financial Wellness workshop at Frazier Rehab. Same as July 20 workshop. 4 patients and family members attended.

c. September 8, 2023, Gathering Strength’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Fust (an attorney with a spinal cord injury), presented at the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury in Lexington, Ky. Topic: Asserting Your Rights to Equal Healthcare Services. 48 people with disabilities and professionals who serve them attended.

3. Gathering Strength increased the number of people it reached from around Kentucky, especially from parts of the state outside of Louisville, including Eastern Kentucky. In 2023 we nearly doubled the number of Kentuckians by reaching 126 people in Kentucky with our group activities compared to 67 in 2022. The breakdown by region and rate of increase is as follows:

Location 2022 2023 Increase
Louisville 44 60 36%
Lexington 7 21 200%
E. Ky 4 12 200%
C.Ky 11 17 55%
W.Ky 0 6 600%
N.ky 1 9 800%

We knew it would be difficult to reach people with disabilities in rural parts of Kentucky, especially in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky because of the lack of digital access, including unreliable or unavailable internet service and a lack of devices such as computers and tablets. It was much harder than we anticipated.

To reach more people, especially in Eastern Kentucky, we contacted many groups that serve people with disabilities in these areas. We contacted and enlisted help with getting information to people with disabilities from:
1. Patrick Kitzman, UK department of physical therapy and Director of the UK’s Ky Appalachian Rural Rehab Network,
2. Keisha Wells, who is located in Pikeville and is the Project Manager of UK’s Center for Excellence in Rural Health.
3. Megan Coleman, the Executive Director of Independence Place, the Independent Living Center serving Harrison, Nicholas, Franklin, Scott, Bourbon, Anderson, Woodford, Fayette, Clark, Jessamine, Mercer, Madison, Estill, Powell, Boyle, Garrard, and Lincoln.
4. Brenda Noble and Katherine Moore, the Executive Director and Associate Director of the Disability Resource Center, which is the Independent Living Center serving Eastern Kentucky counties: Bell, Breathitt, Harlan, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, and Perry.
5. Holly Hatfield at the Berea College Office of Disability and Accessibility Services.
6. University of Pikeville Disability Resource Center
7. Jason Jones, and several other people at UK’s Human Development Institute (HDI) that serves people with disabilities.
8. Bobby Paisley, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky.
9. The Kentucky Statewide Independent Living Council, which is a consortium of all of the independent living centers in Kentucky.
10. Sheila Schuster, Executive Director of KyAdvocacy.
11. Cora McNabb, Director of Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehab, and 9 of OVR’s field offices in Eastern Kentucky.
12. Attempts were made to reach Pikeville Rehab Medical Center and Appalachian Regional Healthcare, but no good contact person was found.

Everyone we talked to described how hard it is for them to reach people with disabilities in their area. The people who serve Pikeville and Hazard and other mountainous areas said there is a real barrier to engaging people with email and social media because of unreliable internet connection and lack of devices. They all said they had printed out flyers about Gathering Strength’s activities, but that reaches only people who come to their offices/facilities.

Because there are barriers to reaching people with disabilities directly, we decided it was very important to reach professionals who work with people with disabilities. In particular, we invited these professionals to join us for our activities on financial empowerment and legal rights for people with disabilities. We believe that educating professionals who work with people with disabilities would increase the reach of this important information to people with disabilities who might otherwise not be able to attend.

One suggestion I have is to convene a group of the people who work with the organizations listed above and develop a problem-solving approach to reach more people with disabilities in rural parts of Kentucky. The strategic goals could be decided upon, and then the preconditions needed to achieve those goals could be mapped. That would reveal the variety of actions that need to be taken to solve this complex problems facing people with disabilities in rural Kentucky.

We commend the KSWF for simplifying the final report process.

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Hospice Care Plus

2023 Compassionate Care Center Improvement Project

No

Based on bids received in early 2023, we estimated a total cost to be approximately $7,350. Upon purchase of the chairs in September of 2023, the final cost came to $7,260.78, for a difference of $91.22. This is likely due to changes in the manufacturer pricing, which we did not anticipate.

Regarding the remaining funds from our 2023 grant award, we do have a need that those funds could help support. I was just informed yesterday by our facilities manager that the center's commercial dishwasher has stopped working. The dishwasher has been at the center for 15 years and was used at time of purchase in 2008. If the board would be agreeable, we would be happy to earmark those remaining dollars towards the purchase of a new dishwasher for the center.

Our goal for the Compassionate Care Center Improvement project was to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the center by replacing furniture, flooring and make other improvements and restore the center to its original splendor. With the support of our friends at Kentucky Social Welfare Network, we were able to fulfill the goal to purchase and replace reclining chairs in our patient rooms. The chairs are used by visitors and family members of our patients, and we have received amazing feedback on how nice the comfortable the new chairs are.

This project involved multiple vendors, funding sources and staff members to meet our goals. While it was a lofty goal, we were up for the challenge and feel that overall, the project was successful. Lessons learned during the process of making improvements to our Compassionate Care Center include unanticipated challenges such as changes in pricing that varied from original bids, product availability which affected our purchase timelines, and finally changes in staffing at both our organization and the vendors we were working with on the project components. Moving forward, we feel that these lessons have taught us to make sure that we factor in unanticipated challenges that could affect our desired outcomes.

Our advice would be to simply continue doing what you’re doing. Your team provides amazing customer service to the grantees including your site visits. We enjoyed that piece of the process and would encourage more representatives and funders to visit us and learn more about our work and see the great things we are doing in the community and how they can support our mission.

We have no improvements to offer regarding working with KSWF. We commend the work you do and are appreciative to be selected as a grantee for 2023. From assisting with questions and guidance regarding our proposal, mid-year report and final reporting support via email, to site visits from Shira Birdwhistell, our experience with KSWF has been so positive. The feedback we have received during the grant process in 2023 has been beneficial as we move forward with proposals, not just with KSWF, but with other funding sources we may be reaching out to for support. Thank you for the guidance and support you’ve provided during this grant cycle.

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Alice Lloyd College

Flood Relief

Yes

I want to express our sincere gratitude for the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation's generous assistance in making the flood debris removal project a resounding success. Your unwavering support and collaborative efforts played a pivotal role in achieving our goal of efficiently and effectively clearing away the aftermath of the devastating flood that occurred in July 2022. We restored affected areas, and our students were able to begin the academic year on time. Your generosity has truly made a positive impact on the lives of our students, faculty, and staff, and we are profoundly thankful for your support.

Through recovering from the devastation of the flood, we learned the importance of adaptability. When faced with this challenge, we had to adjust our strategies to ensure our students, several of whom were left homeless, could return to campus for the academic year as scheduled. In order to do so, it was crucial the flood debris was removed. Since we do not accept direct government funds, we had to immediately change our fundraising priorities for flood relief efforts.

Our mission is to educate students in Appalachia, regardless of their ability to pay, and prepare them for service and leadership in the region. Funders who share these goals could initiate collaborative efforts with local educational institutions to understand the challenges low-income, first-generation students face in Appalachia, such as supporting projects that enhance educational infrastructure and accessibility in the region, leveraging technology for remote education and support services, and recognizing the region's geographical challenges. By combining financial support, educational resources, and community engagement, KSWF can continue to make a meaningful impact in uplifting low-income college students and the broader Appalachian community.

Alice Lloyd College highly commends KSWFT for lending a hand following the flood. Your support during this dire time of need was integral in returning our students to campus when they needed it the most.

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Young Adult Development in Action, Inc., doing business as YouthBuild Louisville

Smoketown Business Incubator

Yes

While we did not open the Smoketown Business Incubator on the expected date, KSWF funds helped us move forward in the design of the project. As you’ll read below, our project was delayed because of design changes requested by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). We have gone through a sealed bid process and signed a contract. The administrative kickoff for the project is scheduled on November 17th, with construction starting this month. We anticipate that the first phase of construction will be complete by June 2024.

In the meantime, we have begun offering case-by-case mentorship opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and small business owners. For example, we have provided opportunities to two of our YouthBuild program alumnus to shadow and be involved in painting a mural on our campus and laying flooring on our Youth Dormitories that opened in October 2023. These experiences are critical to new small business owners who need exposure to their areas of business.

Our construction timeline was delayed due to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) process. The SHPO process required us to redesign our initial plans, with the goal of presenting a structure that respected the historical significance of the neighborhood. This process took us several months to work through and involved collaboration with the state and our architects.
Also, since the Smoketown Business Incubator is part of a larger project, the Smoketown Community Center, our organization pursued a sealed bid process, which required us to advertise the Request For Proposals (RFP) and leave the bid opportunity open for at least 30 days. Of course, negotiating and finalizing a large contract also takes time.

We greatly appreciate KSWF's support of the Smoketown Business Incubator. Funders who share our goals may consider funding capital efforts and construction projects because they create spaces for impact. For example, it would not be possible for us to work with small business owners without a space to do so.

Working with KSWF has been a wonderful experience and we are grateful for the investment that has been made in our project.

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Simpson County Literacy Council, Inc.

Adult Education

Yes

We had 3 graduates of the GED program within the last six months. Two of the young ladies were from a community that only allowed them to go to school until 8th grade. They were quick learners. They utilized the digital programs that we had put into place and regularly attended classes with our instructor. Mainly, both ladies needed help with the high school math skills which includes Algebra. One of the ladies is now attending free computer coding classes with a state funded program so she can work with computers, which is her dream. The third was a young man who went through 11th grade but in the midst of moving from the East coast from one parent to another in Kentucky during the shutdown, he did not finish high school. You need 4 math credits in KY, whereas in other states only 2-3 required, he would have been behind anyway. He was socially awkward and needed some help with encouragement and confidence. Our instructor provided 185 hours specifically to High School Equivalency learners. Some students are still working towards this goal.

The challenge of learner persistence is not a new barrier that we discovered, but a challenge we deal with everyday. Part of the reason we provide one on one instruction in our facility is to combat the challenge of different learning styles. Some learners can attend group classes on a set schedule and succeed when they are motivated. Others have life challenges, social challenges, and diagnosed/undiagnosed learning disabilities that require one on one instruction in order to be successful. We have implemented the model of this type of instruction to reach our targeted audience, whereas other adult education programs offer group settings. Our adults persist at a greater rate in our Center when we don’t group them together, and allow for appointments. However, in addition to our current offerings we are transitioning to a model that incorporates more digital or virtual practice by using learning apps and online curriculum modules. This allows us to track progress on our end, and give the learner more instruction and practice than can be provided in 2-4 hours per week. The biggest challenge we have found with this model, although it has great benefits, is learner engagement. Environmental life issues and lack of intrinsic motivation, which is a quality also necessary to group class attendees at other locations, challenge learner participation even when they have unlimited access outside of class. We are looking at adding some type of incentive for units completed outside of class so we can have the data, but also give our learners more practice. The more hours they spend on the subject, the greater the success and the faster the progress. In addition, we can reach more learners with more content, using less man power and on site instruction. A model that uses certified instructors, volunteers, as well as online practice outside of class will lead to a greater persistence and success rate.

In this post time from Covid shutdown, we are going to see an increase in adults who did not get a high school diploma. There are those who have just been lost in the cracks during the “re-start” of schooling. We are already seeing an increase in 20-somethings who are coming in looking for the diploma, realizing they need it to make the money they need. We also feel like the economy is going to kickstart adults into seeking education who are struggling to look for a solution. Hopefully, they will realize education is a lifeline, that can help with their goals. The reality in our facility is seeing many adults coming in with low reading levels, who would never be able to pass the GED if it was given to them immediately. Many people think that it is simple to just take the test and get the diploma, which may have been a lie they believed when deciding not to go back to school. GED instruction requires knowledge of high school level math, reading, writing, social studies, and science. And teaching adults is very different than kids, or even higher education students. Public school pays teachers and is provided for free, higher education is paid for and requires a “buy in” for students. Adult education requires motivation and encouragement to the adult learner, and more often than not outside factors like health, family, and work get in the way.

In addition, we are seeing a greater number of immigrants every year. When they come to the U.S. they are looking for a job first, and then they realize they have to function in the community. They do gravitate to similar ethnicities, but then they realize they need English and American culture instruction to communicate with schools, doctors, clerks, and even the government. We know there will be a greater need for English language instruction over the next years. Currently, our English learners make up 48% of our learners.

My advice would obviously be to find out how you can help adult education programs financially and with your volunteer time.

I was very impressed that the members responsible for delivering the grant check visited our Literacy Center to see our office and hear about what we do. It puts a face to the service and where the money is being used. We would welcome you to visit anytime, and even spend some time with students while volunteering your time for one on one or group English classes.

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Legal Aid Society

Shelby County Community Lawyer Program

Yes

Legal Aid Society's Shelby County Community Lawyer Program (serving Shelby, Oldham, Spencer, Trimble, and Henry Counties) is completing its first year in operation. In the first year, we've closed 136 civil legal cases and have 80 cases currently pending (as of 10/30/2023). The case work has varied based on the community need and includes civil legal representation on the following matters: consumer and tax, housing, government benefits, expungement, family law, and life planning.

The best way to understand the impact of services is through the client stories. Consider, Susan and Dave. They have lived in Shelby County their whole lives. They are active members of their community, dedicated parents and grandparents, and hard workers. Dave had worked his whole life in manufacturing but when he became seriously ill he was unable to fulfill his job duties and became unemployed. Susan and Dave didn’t know what to do next. They were worried about how they would cover their medical expenses, pay for their groceries, and continue to pay for their home. Inevitably, they ran out of their savings, fell behind on their mortgage and the bank acted to foreclose on their family home. That’s when they called Legal Aid Society. Susan and Dave began to work with an attorney who helped negotiate with the bank and assisted them in refinancing their mortgage. In the meantime, Susan and Dave’s Legal Aid attorney helped Dave apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. Their claim was successful! Now Susan and Dave have a regular income to maintain Dave’s care, they are staying on top of their mortgage payments, and they remain in the home where they raised their children and shared their lives.

One of the key elements to success is outreach. After a year of a store front, we are finally seeing walk-ins at our office. While folks continue to call our mainline (which operated out of Louisville and serves 15 Kentucky counties), the walk-in business is exactly what we were hoping for! It means that we are reaching those in the community who do not already know we exist. This is an ongoing process, of course, and requires consistency in action. We hope to continue to grow the walk-in business by networking more with court clerks and other social service agencies.

I think helping to facilitate connections between funded organizations is always helpful in reaching people who might not otherwise know about our services and know how to access them.

KSWF clearly cares! Personally, I found the phone call with the board member motivational and helpful! We gained some insight into VA sexual assault among male Veterans that will be helpful for our Veteran Legal Assistance Program. The phone call was also incredibly supportive and not a check up on what we were doing and how we were doing. It felt like a friend calling to make sure we had everything we needed.

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Awake Ministries

Removing Barriers to Transportation and Recovery

Yes

The Kentucky Social Welfare's generous financial support provides us the opportunity and ability to broaden the scope of our daily operations as we serve those in the throes of substance abuse disorder and those with food insecurity. As a multi-purpose non-profit organization, reliable transportation is a crucial element in meeting our goals successfully and providing our services and resources in excellence. With your support we are able to:
1. Provide transportation to our residents in long-term recovery - medical appointments, court appearances, probation/parole obligations, job interviews, off-site programming, events, etc.
2. With a holistic approach to recovery, Awake Ministries desires to treat the "whole" person. One particular stumbling block for the demographic we serve is the lack of job skills and experience. In December 2022, Awake purchased a local coffee shop and bakery to provide our clients vocational training and experience in the food and hospitality arena. As we have added an event venue and catering to our list of services, the van is being used to deliver catering orders to local businesses and customers who are supporting the social enterprise aspect of who we are and the positive impact we are making in the lives of those we serve.
3. The versatility of our van also allows us to make food pick-ups six days a week and to deliver food boxes to those in our community who are homebound, disabled, or who have no reliable transportation. As the largest food bank in the region, we are currently serving more than 9,000 individuals monthly. As our numbers increase, we are on target to distribute an estimated $2,000,000 of food by the end of 2023.

If the pandemic taught us anything it was, that as an organization funded by predominantly individual donors, that we had to take a different and new approach to becoming self sustaining. If we were to continue our great work and impact, if we were to continue to offer all our services and resources to the community at no charge, we were going to have to first eliminate the "issues" that were preventing us from reaching our goals. In a nutshell, for most small non-profits, it is always financial. It is so very important for the leadership of an organization to be able to look at its practices with a critical eye and to invite outside perspectives in order to see clearly the big picture of where you are.

The most important elements to any funding request and the top considerations to the funder should always be the following:
1. Does this request align with the organization's mission and vision? 2. Does this request align with the current goals set forth by the organization? 3. Will these dollars directly impact those we are called to serve?

Awake Ministries has nothing but high praise for the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation. We welcome partnerships who understand the immense struggles of serving in rural Kentucky.

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Lighthouse Promise, Inc. DBA Lighthouse Academy at Newburg

Computer Room Update

Yes

We are very excited to begin this fall with the new updated computer room which will allow students to be able to focus on their studies in a much more effective and quiet environment. With these funds, we were able to utilize other funding designated for programming in order to serve 138 students for this year per September 1 with our fall programming beginning on Sept. 6 where we will welcome 80 students on our role to our Out of School time learning program M-Thursday following their school day. We will be able to continue to provide, not only homework assistance, and a hot meal each day, but healthy living activities and Social Emotional Learning programs, Arts Enrichment programs and more every evening. Our computer lab is integral in homework as many students utilize a Chromebook. We also are able to use this area for access to additional learning programs and for Junior Achievement as well as additional programs such as our Black History narrative contests.

We have been able to attain our goals with the help of partnerships such as yours. Funding is critical to our performance and the ability to help our students each day. In addition, other partnerships are also important such as our partnership with Dare to Care who provides nutritious hot meals for our students each day, and others such as our partnership with Jay Cee Kitchen, Bounce Coalition, Looking for Lillith, Arts programs and music programs run by retired or current teachers and more.
DATA AT A GLANCE:
• Lighthouse Student Average Attendance at JCPS: 97.2% vs JCPS Average Attendance 94.3%
• Fall 2022 to Spring 2023: 90% of students attending 30 or more days showed an increase in at least one core subject area or obtained the federal standards for “does not need improvement” (letter grades A, B or Satisfactory.)
EARLY ELEMENTARY: Spring Reading: 59% S or higher; Spring Math: 73% S (Currently 89% had an S or higher in Science, and 89% had a S or higher in Social Studies.)
Upper Elementary and MIDDLE:. Spring Reading/Language Arts: 92% C or higher; Spring Math: 92% C or higher. (Currently 100% had a C or higher in Science, and 100% C or higher in Social Studies.)

• The number one teacher comment on report cards say Lighthouse students are more confident in group discussions and behavior is improving.
On August 5, 2023, Lighthouse Health and Back to School Fair served 912 people giving away 600 Pure Tap Water Bottles, 700 free lunches from JCPS Bus Café, 80 free dental checks from Kare Mobile Dental Clinic, 118 free sports and back to school physicals , 200 free vision screenings from the South Oldham Lions Club, 783 free backpacks full of school supplies. (We had 60 total volunteers).

SURVEYS: In surveys conducted and filled in by parents and students, we found
• Almost 90% of students feel they would be home (alone or with siblings), watching T.V. if they were not at Lighthouse.
• Almost 93% of our middle school students feel they are getting better grades, being more creative, building on things they learn at school, and learn about what they want to do in the future because of their time at Lighthouse.
• 92% of middle schoolers said they attend because they have friends in the program and 77% say it is also because of their relationships with the adults at the program.
• 100% of parents feel students are more successful at school because of Lighthouse along with helping students social/emotionally.
Grade Data 2022-2023 Early Elementary
Aug 22-Nov22 Nov-Jan23 Jan-March Mar-May
Reading
O: 24% 14% 24% 31%
S: 40% 45% 45% 45%
NI: 36% 41% 31% 24%
U:
64% Maintained an S or higher 59% 69% 76% S or higher
Math
O: 20% 14% 24% 31%
S: 36% 59% 65% 65%
NI: 44% 27% 11% 4%
U:
56% Maintained an S or higher 73% 89% 96% S or higher
Science
O: 32% 17% 17% 17%
S: 64% 72% 72% 72%
NI: 4% 11% 11% 11%
U:
96% Maintained an S or higher 89% 89% 89% S or higher
Social Studies
O: 28% 17% 17% 17%
S: 68% 72% 79% 79%
NI: 4% 7% 4% 4%
U: 4%
96% Maintained an S or higher 89% 96% 96% S or higher

Grade Data 2022-2023 Letter Grades
August ’22-Oct 22 Oct-Nov. 22 Jan.23-Mar. Mar-May
Reading/LA
A: 42% 52% 37% 52%
B: 50% 8% 26% 32%
C: 8% 32% 29% 8%
D: 4% 4% 4%
U: 4% 4% 4%
100% Maintained a C or higher 92% 92% 92% C or higher
Math
A: 34% 28% 37% 42%
B: 42% 32% 33% 34%
C: 8% 32% 22% 20%
D: 16% 4% 8% 4%
U: 4%
84% Maintained a C or higher 92% 92% 96% C or higher
Science
A: 60% 56% 56% 56%
B: 24% 24% 33% 33%
C: 6% 16% 11% 11%
D: 4%
U:
100 % Maintained a C or higher 96% 100% 100% C or higher
Social Studies
A: 16% 56% 52% 52%
B: 42% 28% 18% 18%
C: 42% 12% 22% 24%
D: 4% 2%
U:
100% Maintained a C or higher 96% 98% 100% C or higher

Thank you so much for your help and your past support of our programs. We are blessed to have partners such as you who help us meet the needs of our students each day, year after year.

I think it would be helpful to advocate for nonprofits in the for profit world. For example, being an advocate for transportation to Out of School organizations with the school systems. For us, getting students to us when the school day ends is imperative and we rely of JCPS buses (and I am sure other organizations do as well). Of course, the bus situation is horrible for everyone, but to continue to acknowledge the importance of all the extra hours of learning students are provided in the OST environment with the "JCPS Powers that Be" so they make it a priority. I would imagine this is the same for all organizations such as ours whether located in urban or rural areas across Kentucky.

We are so excited that we got the opportunity to meet Grace Akers and Karina has been a huge help when we had questions. Thank you!

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The Prisoner's Hope

Employee Program Coordinator Position

Yes

The Prisoner's Hope was able to hire a Directly Impacted Person to take on the role of, Employee Program Coordinator, for Re Imagined Workforce Solutions. There is no better person to work with those who are justice involved as someone who has been there themselves. This year we have helped 12 returning citizens find permanent employment. We were able to find jobs for 12 others who were already out in the community with no job leads. They were given our info in regards to helping them find employment. Our Employee Program Coordinator was able to meet with 16 of these individuals and help build resumes and apply for jobs on line. He has also been out in the community working on obtaining more employer partnerships. We also found a great resource in National Reentry Workforce Collaborative in which we will attend a conference in October and bring back vital information to the team. We have also enrolled our Assistant Director and Employee Program Coordination in a Reentry Specialist Certification class to ensure we are using best practices moving forward with helping our returning citizens find jobs and careers as they begin their new lives.

We had a hard time finding the right person for the job that would accept the money we could pay them.

Don't ever give up! God will always make a way!

KSWF have been so helpful in helping us help our people! Thank you

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The Cleveland Home dba Life Adventure Center

Middle School Resilience Building Partnerships

Yes

We were able to provide two summer camps (one specifically for Mentors and Meals, and one for Middle School students), three on-site programs and one overnight programmatic experience for Mentors and Meals, and five mobile units for Woodford County Middle School, in addition to three on-site experiences for WCMS.

We learned so much! We wouldn't ask, in the future, for camp for middle school students - rostering students was more difficult than we anticipated, and we found that our school-year programming was so much more effective in terms of advancing our mission and in our impact on the students involved.

We were incredibly grateful for this funding though as it allowed us to do some proof-of-concept work with our local middle school -- who is paying for the programming themselves this year!

Allow some flexibility in grant funding so recipients can pivot based on the needs of the people they serve (and you may already do this - camp rostering was so difficult that I wished we had reached out about applying that money to the next school year).

Lovely people to work with -- I feel like you all truly grasp what we're trying to do and want to be a partner in that process.

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Yes Arts

Yes Arts

Yes

We received $10k for supplies, with which we were able to purchase furniture for our new building - Yes Arts at City Hall - as well as tech equipment such as doorbell cameras, and program supplies such as paint, paper, craft supplies, and printmaking screens. We were able to buy quality supplies that we can reuse without replacing, which saves us money in the long run. With this assistance we were able to purchase all the supplies we needed to initiate our arts programming.

We also received $5k for training, which we used to offer Family Thrive training to all of our staff, as well as some community members and volunteers. These funds also paid for our program leaders and youth mentors to attend in-house training that covered overviews on substance use disorder and prevention, ACES, and trauma-informed care, and professional development webinars for our Executive Director and Bookkeeper.

We learned the importance of caring for our employees to ensure a successful work environment. From little things like sharing notes of appreciation and giving gift cards to more structural support, such as encouraging taking time off and mental health days, shows Yes Arts staff that we respect and appreciate their work. If employees are not cared for internally and shown that it’s important to care for themselves, then it is not reflected in our programming. We need to be the example. Also prevents burnout, which saves Yes Arts money in the long run.

You can’t be everything to everyone. It can be really hard to say no when people want to partner with us, but it needs to happen sometimes. If, for example, there is a good cause that doesn’t exactly align with our mission, we need to say no. If you keep saying yes it will burn everyone out. More no’s means more concentrated work that is focused on mission fulfillment.

Being selective in staffing - so much of nonprofit work is about the people who work for the organization. If the wrong people are in the role, there are some things that are not trainable, such as mission-based passion and a deepening understanding of a role. We need people who deeply embody protective factors. Our staff represent us - we have to be patient and diligent about hiring the right people.

The importance of strong branding and marketing for our organization as a whole, and for our programs. Everything we put out is stylized so that when people see it they recognize it automatically. This is especially important for a new organization or an organization that has been rebranded.

General Operating Support is so important, however, it is very difficult to find those funds. More General Operating Support would be very helpful.

An opportunity to get publicity around this award would be appreciated. An event, social media campaign, or rep visit to Yes Arts would help us get more funding, because our community would see that we are in relationship with reputable organizations that are doing important work.

Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation has a very specific guideline for who they fund; they are clear on who they are, who they fund, and what they want to support. Sometimes it can be hard to know if we fit it into an org’s mission - with KSWF we don’t have to wonder. That is much appreciated!

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Neighborhood House

Youth Thrive Organizational and Community Training

Yes

KSWF supported three trainings to build staff and community capacity around inclusion, coaching tools, and building resilience in youth. The trainings were:

1. A full-staff workshop related to LGBTQIA+ inclusion (January 2023) where 40 staff worked with the former director of The LGBT Center at University of Louisville to examine our some of our assumptions and identify gaps in understanding about the experiences of kids who are queer.

2. A six-session coach training (January and February 2023), where staff from multiple departments learned tools for having positive, proactive conversations about growth and accountability. These tools—an accountability pathway, a series of “powerful questions,” examinations of our value systems, and more—will help our staff better walk alongside youth in a positive, affirming way as they work towards their goals. Partner organizations attended this training (though their tuition was not funded by KSWF) to encourage collaboration and a shared understanding of the tools. These organizations were St. John’s Center, Food Literacy Project, and AMPED.

3. Youth Thrive training, led by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (March 2023). Staff from Neighborhood House, Louisville Urban League, Russell Place of Promise, and Sowing Seeds of Faith participated in this four-day training. Eleven youth members from Neighborhood House participated in a companion training for youth at the same time. (Slots in the youth training were offered to the same partner organizations at no cost, but partner organizations had trouble filling their slots.) Youth Thrive focuses on protective factors to prevent and mitigate trauma and provides evidence-based strategies for young adults and professionals. These principles range from strength-based approaches to the role of race, racism, identities, privilege, power, and bias when working with young people. Each promotive and protective factor was dissected and applied directly to how Neighborhood House works with and supports youth. Staff participated in team-building and critical thinking activities. Other activities included putting staff members in the shoes of a young person trying to navigate the systems of support. Reflection assignments allowed staff to remember what it was like for them as young people. Key takeaways from the training included concepts around connecting before you correct, and, at the core, remembering that relationships are the intervention. This training (and subsequent implementation) has helped us jumpstart significant changes within the Youth Development Program, as we have started to use Youth Thrive as our guiding framework.

These trainings have given us shared experiences and shared language about difficult topics. We were able to create spaces, in partnership with the staff members from other organizations, where we could share vulnerable moments and learn from one another. For example, in the inclusion training, folks from our team talked about how we have navigated family relationships between kids who are trans and their families. During Youth Thrive training, team members talked about triggering situations for them personally, from their own past or on challenging days, can make it difficult to work with youth effectively. Staff were then able to learn from what one another did well—and how we would handle a similar situation differently now.

This work to build trauma-informed, evidence-based capacity and skills across the organization will take more time, but these trainings were unique opportunities to learn together beyond just the content that was presented.

While we expected these three learning opportunities to complement one another, we did not realize the extent. The Youth Thrive training was richer because our team was already working on inclusion and using affirming coaching tools.

One thing that we did with the Youth Thrive training was to create an abbreviated version of the training with the key learnings for Neighborhood House. We were then able to use this content to train the new, seasonal staff who work with kids during our summer Dreamers’ Academy. This “train the trainer” model is something we will continue to build on as we expand Youth Thrive to new staff, as will being part of the new Kentucky Youth Thrive Network for ongoing training/partnership opportunities.

KSWF’s grantees show the range of similar needs in disparate geographies. We in West Louisville are particularly concerned about the rising rates of youth homicide—something that is seen of as a problem in Louisville and Lexington but not the rest of the state. This is one of the driving forces behind our interest in Youth Thrive because the danger may get worse before it gets better. I encourage all statewide funders to build awareness of gun violence primary prevention strategies as critical for saving kids’ lives, particularly among community and government leaders. These strategies are similar to other primary preventions efforts—building strong communities and supporting families—and require sustained commitments to/investments in Kentucky kids who live in West Louisville.

I appreciate that the application and reporting processes are straightforward and not burdensome. Thank you for your flexibility in reallocating funds in this year’s grant to include all three of these training opportunities.

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Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center

2023 Retreat Weekend Sponsorship

Yes

Your grant of $5,000 enabled Barren Heights to host 2 respite retreat weekends at our Barren River lake Retreat Center. At each weekend 3 special needs families are served by 4 host volunteer families. Fourteen families benefited from your generous donation. In addition to the expenses related to running the facility--utilities, heating/cooling, electricity, we also incur considerable expenses for food, laundry, program items, arts and crafts projects, and other items. Your funds were used for Retreat A, June 2 - 4, and Retreat B, June 9 - 11.

Our mission is to love, encourage and support special needs families. We are unique as an organization in that we serve the entire family, not just the disabled individual. In our model of 3 special needs families being served by 4 host volunteer families, everyone benefits. The host children are taught invaluable lessons of compassion, inclusion and service. The special needs parents get a much needed break, knowing their kids are safe and in good hands. And the special needs kids are loved to pieces by everyone and have the time of their lives.

Inclusivity is our key word that others might learn from. We love to see all the kids making new friends as the parents have wonderful new bonding experiences. Caring for a disabled child is often a lonely and isolating situation and the adults truly appreciate getting to know the others and sharing in their experiences.

Here is a comment from a special needs mom during the retreat you supported:

"The host family observed our kiddos throughout the weekend and wrote down several adjectives that describe them. At the end they summed it up to three each and wrote a small paragraph about each child. That was the most touching moment of this trip. To see the kids' faces when they heard those words. I was bawling lol but it was beautiful and The Monk’s family had a huge hand in that. The way he spoke to each child face to face and uplifted them was so heartfelt!"

And from another:

"They made not only our special needs son feel special but each one of our kids. I also loved the individual group times we got to share with other moms."

We are living in a deeply polarized America that seems to worsen as time goes on. Which is why we value inclusivity and compassion so much. It is only by opening our hearts to those who are different, listening and accepting them with respect and dignity, that we can resolve and reduce the distances between us, whether political, racial, or economic. We see miracles of healing, grace, and love pretty much every retreat weekend and we love to share these inspiring stories so they can inspire others.

You are doing wonderful work for Kentucky and we appreciate you!

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Hindman Methodist Church

Building Back

Yes

We provided grants of $1,000 to 80 families. Of this amount, $30,000 was for appliances and $50,000 was for building materials. The funds from KSWF were used for appliances. Even though this was a small amount considering the needs of most of the families, it helped to get them back into safe and sanitary housing.

We quickly learned as we began to work with flood survivors that we had to be flexible and that we were learning as we were doing. The needs literally drove our actions. For example, we knew when to scale back the initial distribution of supplies that began immediately after the flood. When the numbers of people coming in for these supplies reduced to a handful each day, we knew it was time to refocus our efforts. The needs had shifted to direct repair and rebuild.
We learned that there is a guidebook for helping during disasters, but we, like others, were not aware of it until we were going through it.
We learned the importance of being open to partnering with other groups, which we did.
We learned that families have a deep sense of belonging to the land. So many of the families wanted to return to their flooded homes rather than move. We are concerned that many returned without proper mold removal. Many of these families remained in the homes because they could not financially afford to buy land and build in another location. Another concern is that many moved back into homes that can be flooded again.
We learned that as families have to relocate to other communities and counties because of lack of adequate housing, there is a great impact on the community, inlcuiding the school system, the businesses, the tax base and more. What is already a poor county thus becoming poorer.
We learned that many families did not have the proper legal documents necessary to get help from FEMA. For example, they lived in the family homeplace that belonged to a grandparent who was deceased, and the property was never deeded to future generation.
Again, the strong sense of belonging, even in different parts of the county, may have an impact on new housing that is being planned. People do not want to leave the community where they lived and other family members still live, even to go to new affordable housing.
We learned that the old saying about mountain people is true: We care for our own. We saw this day 1 of the flood as people took relatives and neighbors into their homes even if they did not have room for them.

We would only say thank you for taking a chance on us when it was clear that we were unsure how we would help the flood survivors.
Since we had a learning curve, and since there are guidelines on how to approach a disaster, perhaps an awareness campaign or sponsorship of training sessions on how to help during disasters, both natural and manmade, would be helpful.

Not being the best at technology, I struggled with the application. For small nonprofits, it may be difficult for them as well.
Otherwise, just keep on with your wonderful work!!

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Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

July 2022 Flood Relief

Yes

Since the July 2022 Flooding in eastern Kentucky, the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky has deployed over $9,403,095 to the region. This includes $2,793,000 directly to 8,000 individuals and families impacted by flooding across 12 FEMA-declared counties.
Your grant of $28,000 specifically helped 96 families, including 80 children and 189 adults, totaling 269 people.

We have also granted $626,250 to 18 Family Resource Centers, $860,050 to 118 small businesses, $553,795 to 346 small family farms, $1,270,000 to Long Term Recovery Groups, and over $3,500,000 to build and repair homes in Letcher, Knott, Perry, and Breathitt Counties.

We learned that our region is at its best when helping and serving others. This crisis certainly tested our limits on capacity but we were able to accomplish our goals and get funding directly to the people and places that needed it most.

We truly appreciate your support during a time of crisis and making the process easy for us to receive funding and using it where it was needed most. Thank you!

We are eternally grateful to the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation for your support for the flood victims in the July 2022 Flooding in eastern Kentucky. You all made it so easy to access funding, and if memory serves me correctly, we were contacted because your board approved funding proactively. To be able to alleviate additional time and stress off of our staff at such a critical time for our region. Thank you!

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Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation

High School Outreach

Yes

I applied for this funding August 2021. At the time, we did not have a core group of high school students engaged with our organization. We met with more than 200 students, but none were directly involved with our organization. One of the reasons for this is we did not have the funding to offer activities that would engage youth. Securing this grant allowed us to take high school youth on trips that otherwise, they would not have experienced.

It is invaluable to cultivate relationships with community partners to diversify resources in order to make programs successful long term.

To recognize that administrative costs are critical infrastructure; the cost of being able to operate. To consider a percentage of unrestricted funding for each grant.

On behalf of our board, we truly appreciate being a recipient of this grant. Coming out of Covid, (at the time we applied), we were able to take youth to see a Broadway play with this funding. That was significant for our group of youth. This was the first activity that launched the program we have today. We now have 53 youth who meet regularly with their mentor, (contract staff).

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Have a Heart Clinic

Expanding Wrap-Around Services for Uninsured/Underinsured

Yes

With funding from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, we were able to increase the hours for our nurse educator from three days a week to five days a week. In addition, we added a part-time social worker position to the Center which allowed us to open the Center four days a week. There were 629 individuals who visited the Have a Heart Preventive Cardiology & Health Equity Center.

Our overall goal is to provide specialty cardiovascular care to individuals regardless of their income or insurance status. Secondarily, we have a goal to address the need for education and resources for our patients to improve their overall health and quality of life.
Have a Heart Clinic is proving a model that can be used in any community to serve the uninsured and underinsured. We utilize community partnerships and creative collaborations to build a network of committed medical professionals, volunteers, and philanthropists who all work toward combating cardiovascular disease among the most vulnerable members of our community.
In our model, we offset some of the cost of free care with revenue from billable services (Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance) but there is still a large gap in needed to provide care at no cost for qualifying patients. All patients at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level receive care at no out-of-pocket cost.
We have built relationships with local foundations and corporates that fund the need for equipment and other extraordinary costs like the $10,000 a year we spend on the Language Line to communicate vital medical information to the 20% of our patients who have limited English proficiency. Foundations, like the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation, have also been supportive of our endeavors to try new programs and offerings to provide wrap-around services for our clients like hiring a social worker to serve as a case manager to help our patients with
We partner with other community agencies to like the University of Louisville and the Cardinal Success Program in the Department of Counseling and Human Development to provide mental health and treatment in an emergent timeframe.

Have a Heart needs support now more than ever. The increase in uninsured and underinsured patients in exploding. Many people who had coverage with Medicaid during the pandemic have not lost it.
• Have A Heart Clinic’s total office visits for 2022 were over 3,000, up 76% from 2021.
• Our staff provided services to 886 new patients with a total of 1,945 individuals served.
• Have A Heart Clinic’s clinic testing visits for 2022 were over 1,300, up 80% from 2021.

We are truly grateful for the support from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation. The work we are doing with support from donors like you are truly savings lives of the people who live in the most under-resourced parts of our community.

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