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The Junior League of Houston Celebrates 60 Years of Grants


(far left) Community Assistance Committee (l-r): Marcie Watson, Katherine Lacey, Chairman Whitney Walsh and Elena Peden. v (L-R): President Mary Margaret "Mimi" Fraser Foerster and President-Elect Shannon Beirne Weisedeppe. (Photo - Karla Winters)

(far left) Community Assistance Committee (l-r): Marcie Watson, Katherine Lacey, Chairman Whitney Walsh and Elena Peden. v (L-R): President Mary Margaret “Mimi” Fraser Foerster and President-Elect Shannon Beirne Weisedeppe. (Photo – Karla Winters)

League Awards $150,000 In Community Assistance Grants To 10 Worthwhile Organizations

On Monday, Jan. 25, some of Houston’s busiest volunteers gathered at The Junior League of Houston Tea Room to celebrate 60 years of philanthropy.

The Junior League of Houston, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Each year, the Junior League provides Community Assistance grants to worthwhile organizations that do not receive ongoing volunteer support or financial assistance through the League’s Community Program. The League’s Community Assistance Committee reviews the grant requests based on their alignment with focus areas determined by the Junior League and its board, and conducts site visits before making recom­men­dations for funding. When selecting recipients, the committee considers whether an agency request would address a critical or basic need, fund a pilot project or expand a significant service to the community.

On Jan. 25 the Junior League awarded over $150,000 in grants to 10 worthy organizations ranging from youth and family focused to education-based and health- related groups. League funds will be used in a variety of ways including search and rescue training, mental health care services for female survivors of trauma and more. Here is how these organizations will utilize League funds to further support their causes:

The Center – The Center offers high-quality residential, vocational and day services to support its clients and the greater Houston community. League funds will support the Young at Heart Program by expanding services for senior adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them remain physically and socially active, mentally engaged and connected to their community. For more information, visit thecenterhouston.org or call 713-525-8484.

ChildBuilders – ChildBuilders provides a prevention program designed to stop child maltreatment from happening in the first place. The programs provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to identify and avert victimization and support social-emotional development. League funds will be used to train and provide program curricula to 46 school personnel to teach the Personal Safety and Relationship Education program to 400 greater Houston area children. The funding will include program curricula, a laptop computer, wireless Internet access and resource books. For more information, visit childbuilders.org or call 713-481-6555.

ESCAPE Family Resource Center – ESCAPE is a parenting education agency providing child abuse prevention programs and parenting classes to families looking to create safe, healthy and happy home lives. League funds will significantly expand the center’s “Learn to Parent” education efforts to the community through a pilot program offering 11 new and flexible workshops to working parents. The funds will also continue to support The First Five, a program focused on preventing abuse of children under the age of 5, the most vulnerable and often abused childhood demographic. For more information, visit learntoparent.org or call 713-942-9500.

His Grace Foundation – His Grace Foundation works to provide physical, emotional and financial support to patients and families in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. League funds will fully furnish a third apartment for its housing program, His Grace Place, to provide temporary and critical post-transplant housing for these families during their loved one’s treatment. For more information, visit hisgracefoundation.org or call 281-620-4511.

The Hope and Healing Center – The Hope and Healing Center provides education, training and programs that support and strengthen the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health of families and individuals across the full cycle of life, from birth to elderhood. League funds will support the center’s new Violence Against Women initiative, designed to offer specialized mental health care services for female survivors of trauma. For more information, visit hopeandhealingcenter.org or call 713-871-1004.

Houston A+ Challenge – Founded in 1997, Houston A+ Challenge’s mission is to be a catalyst for change and a model for innovation in public school education in the Houston area and beyond to ensure that every student is prepared for post-secondary success. League funds will fund a portion of the A+ Unlimited Potential program for low-income and at-risk middle school students. For more information, visit houstonaplus.org or call 713-658-1881.

Interfaith CarePartners – Interfaith CarePartners provides caring communities for individuals in need due to age and health-related maladies. Care is provided in-home and on-site at local congregations. League funds will support the continued growth and development of the Care Team program by allowing staff members to provide expertise, training and support to 2,400 congregation-based volunteers. For more information, visit imgh.org or call 713-533-4900.

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) – NAM has an integrated service model to deliver its mission of meeting basic human needs through “neighbors helping neighbors.” League funds will support two programs, including emergency shelter and/or supplies for a new home for approximately 25 women fleeing domestic violence, and a daily supplemental meal for 40 homebound seniors for a six-month period. For more information, visit namonline.org or call 281-885-4555.

The Periwinkle Foundation – The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and who are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital. League funds will support Camp Periwinkle in the City, a pilot program to provide a three-day camp for 50 children (and their siblings) with cancer and blood disorders who are undergoing treatment at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. For more information, visit periwinklefoundation.org or call 713-807-0191.      hhhhh

Texas Center for the Missing (TCM) – TCM is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to the missing and their families through crisis intervention, prevention and community education. League funds will develop and implement the new Houston Regional Silver Alert System website, a life-saving emergency alert system for elderly adults often battling dementia. Additionally, funds will provide search and rescue training, specifically for the elderly, to law enforcement officers serving the 14-county Houston­–Galveston region. For more information, visit centerforthemissing.org or call 713-599-0235.

The purpose of The Junior League of Houston, Inc., is exclusively educational and charitable. This year, the League will contribute over $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to the community. Through the League’s Community Program, funding, and trained volunteers, the organization supports 38 community projects which address a variety of needs and causes including basic needs, abuse of women and children, healthcare, education and cultural enrichment. For more information, visit jlh.org or call 713-622-4191


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