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The Healing Place Inc.
Peer Mentor Program (Campbellsville)
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.
Expansion of Accessible Group Empowerment Activities for People with Disabilities
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.
Hospice Care Plus
2023 Compassionate Care Center Improvement Project
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.
Alice Lloyd College
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.
Young Adult Development in Action, Inc., doing business as YouthBuild Louisville
Smoketown Business Incubator
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.
Simpson County Literacy Council, Inc.
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.
Legal Aid Society
Shelby County Community Lawyer Program
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.
Removing Barriers to Transportation and Recovery
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.
Lighthouse Promise, Inc. DBA Lighthouse Academy at Newburg
Computer Room Update
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
O: 24% 14% 24% 31%
S: 40% 45% 45% 45%
NI: 36% 41% 31% 24%
64% Maintained an S or higher 59% 69% 76% S or higher
O: 20% 14% 24% 31%
S: 36% 59% 65% 65%
NI: 44% 27% 11% 4%
56% Maintained an S or higher 73% 89% 96% S or higher
O: 32% 17% 17% 17%
S: 64% 72% 72% 72%
NI: 4% 11% 11% 11%
96% Maintained an S or higher 89% 89% 89% S or higher
O: 28% 17% 17% 17%
S: 68% 72% 79% 79%
NI: 4% 7% 4% 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
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
A: 34% 28% 37% 42%
B: 42% 32% 33% 34%
C: 8% 32% 22% 20%
D: 16% 4% 8% 4%
84% Maintained a C or higher 92% 92% 96% C or higher
A: 60% 56% 56% 56%
B: 24% 24% 33% 33%
C: 6% 16% 11% 11%
100 % Maintained a C or higher 96% 100% 100% C or higher
A: 16% 56% 52% 52%
B: 42% 28% 18% 18%
C: 42% 12% 22% 24%
D: 4% 2%
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!
The Prisoner's Hope
Employee Program Coordinator Position
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
The Cleveland Home dba Life Adventure Center
Middle School Resilience Building Partnerships
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.
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!
Youth Thrive Organizational and Community Training
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.
Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center
2023 Retreat Weekend Sponsorship
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!
Hindman Methodist Church
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!!
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
July 2022 Flood Relief
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!
Wanda Joyce Robinson Foundation
High School Outreach
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).
Have a Heart Clinic
Expanding Wrap-Around Services for Uninsured/Underinsured
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.