Grants Support Charitable Organizations Across New Jersey
Robert A. Marino, Chairman of the Board of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey (Foundation) today announced the Foundation’s fourth and final round of grants for 2011, awarding $1,274,000 to 34 organizations. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey supports charitable organizations that promote health and the arts throughout New Jersey. With this final round, the Foundation has awarded $3,207,500 in grants to 105 organizations in 2011.
“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is proud to recognize these 34 organizations and to assist them in their efforts to improve the quality of life in communities across our state,” Marino said. “Now completing its eighth year of operation, the Foundation has awarded more than 700 grants totaling nearly $24 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations.”
The Foundation awarded the following 34 grants:
• American Conference on Diversity in New Brunswick, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Improving the Quality and Safety of Care for Diverse Patient Populations Project. The project assists physicians, hospital administrators and other health care professionals in providing culturally appropriate health care.
• All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation in Hoboken, created by Hoboken’s All Saints Episcopal Parish to provide services to children and families who live in public housing in Hoboken’s West Side neighborhood, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Jubilee Arts Project. The project provides afterschool and summer dance instruction for children ages 5 to 12. The grant supports expanding the project to include music and theatre activities and provides for two musical theater performances presented to the community.
• Art House Productions in Jersey City, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Arts Exhibits and Programs. The grant funds the cost of salaries for professional and administrative staff, marketing and promotion and the participation of students who exhibit artistic merit and financial need for the STAGES! program, a 12-week theatre academy and performance company for youths.
• Art Pride New Jersey Foundation in Burlington, received a grant of $15,000 to support the 2012 statewide final Poetry Out Loud event in March 2012. The event will be held at the College of New Jersey Center for the Arts and will be webcast live, reaching over 25,000 students -- including those who participated in local competitions at 120 New Jersey schools. Poetry Out Loud enables students to learn the value of spoken poetry, encourages an appreciation of written and spoken word and provides unique performance opportunities.
• Boat People SOS in Pennsauken, received a grant of $15,000 to fund its Senior Health Literacy Project. The project will include the launch of the organization’s first intergenerational health initiative – the Southeast Asian Roots Garden Project. The project empowers Vietnamese seniors to develop a culture-based curriculum that teaches sustainable gardening, exercise and nutrition as it relates to chronic diseases in a setting that also educates their children and grandchildren on healthy heritage foods. The grant also provides seniors with skills to navigate the health care system and improve chronic disease management and treatment-seeking behaviors.
• Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton in Trenton, received a grant of $20,000 to support Ocean Emergency and Community Services: Project HOPE, Health and Wellness Education and Prevention Services. The grant funds case management services and an English as a Second Language (ESL) health literacy course for economically disadvantaged residents of Lakewood Township. Case management services include a personalized healthcare plan that is connected with benefit programs and health care providers in the community. The ESL participants learn health vocabulary and basic medical information needed to maintain their health and the health of their families.
• Catholic Family & Community Services in Paterson, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Sussex County Depression Counseling Outreach Program.The program provides screening and treatment for depression for low-income, uninsured residents of Sussex County.
• Catholic Social Services of Morris County in Dover, received a grant of $25,000 to support expanding depression and other mental health services provided in the bilingual counseling program at Hope House. The services, provided to primarily Spanish-speaking individuals who lack financial resources, help to address a limited Spanish-speaking provider network in Morris County.
• Children’s Aid and Family Services in Paramus, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Mobile Youth Support Outreach Project. The project assists young adults ages 14 to 26 who are struggling with their transition from group and family foster homes to living independently and who are at risk of homelessness. The grant will also partially fund the services of an outreach worker to provides services for youth preparing to transition to independent living.
• Christ the King Preparatory School in Newark, received a grant of $30,000 to support its Health Literacy Program. The program teaches faculty, students and their families how to navigate the health care system to understand basic health services, preventative self-care and chronic disease management.
• Community Hope in Parsippany, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Enhanced Case Management Services for Homeless Veterans Project. These services will benefit individuals participating in its Hope for Veterans Program. The project provides case managers to coordinate veterans’ access to healthcare, monitor medication compliance, track medical appointments and ensure that healthcare providers’ recommendations are followed. The grant also supports case management services at the newly-launched VETS crisis program in Newark.
• Connection for Women and Families in Summit, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project. The project trains women cancer survivors to be patient educators for health care professionals and students, and the community at large, to increase understanding of the perspectives, stresses and needs of women with cancer.
• CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Eatontown, received a grant of $20,000 to support the Art Therapist for the Circle of Friends Children’s Program that provides services to children in the program who show signs of depression. The grant funds the services of a creative arts therapist for the program.
• Easter Seals New Jersey in East Brunswick, received a grant of $20,000 to support Be Well! Easter Seals Obesity Prevention for People with Disabilities. The grant funds health and wellness workshops taught by trained staff to assist individuals with disabilities with making modifiable lifestyle changes in the areas of nutrition and exercise. The grant also assists in expanding the workshops to one additional location.
• Emmanuel Cancer Foundation in Scotch Plains, received a grant of $15,000 to support its Family Services Program-Depression Intervention. The grant provides depression intervention services for ten economically disadvantaged Hispanic families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. A Spanish-speaking caseworker will be provided to educate families about depression, and deliver home counseling visits and bereavement counseling, if needed.
• Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey’s largest private university, received a grant of $25,000 to support its Veterans’ Depression Program. The program provides depression screening and treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The grant will support outreach services, research to determine best practices, and training for FDU clinical psychologists-in-training. Research findings will be published to assist other providers in serving veterans with mental health needs.
• Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey’s most visited museum, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Live From Series - Cardiac Classroom. The classroom series provides students with access to real-time, interactive video conferencing from a hospital surgical suite and enables students to observe a live coronary artery by-pass graft surgery to increase awareness and understanding of coronary artery disease, healthy lifestyle choices and risk factors for heart disease.
• Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Performing Arts Company.
• Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $35,000 to support Building Capacity for SOAR at Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton. The grant funds the salary for a part-time licensed clinical social worker who will enroll homeless individuals for federal benefits using the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) process – a best-practice model approved by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Mercer Alliance is the Mercer County SOAR Coordinator and is working with the Trenton Health Team, comprised of the Henry J. Austin Health Center, Capital Health, Inc., St. Francis Medical Center and the Trenton Department of Health and Human Services. A goal of the Trenton Health Team is to offer an Accountable Care organization (ACO) in Trenton that will provide individuals, including the homeless, with a medical home.
• Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts in Cape May, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Cape May Music Festival Education Outreach Program. The project enables students to learn the process, elements and principles that are involved in creating a musical composition through participation in a professional skills development workshop and in a performance at a youth concert.
• Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs in Dover, received a grant of $15,000 to support the Keeping Our Mind with Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors) Program. The program trains outreach workers to identify and engage elderly Hispanics at-risk of depression and address commonly recognized barriers to mental healthcare. Seniors in the program are helped in managing depression through a behavioral-activation approach that encourages involvement in meaningful, positive activities.
• Newark Boys Chorus School in Newark, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Lifestyles of the Healthy and Wise Project that provides physical activity for school students. Students receive strength conditioning and swimming instruction and participate in martial art classes, movement and body awareness classes and a basketball league.
• Newark School of the Arts in Newark, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Music Program. The grant provides financial assistance to students to take music lessons for 34 weeks.
• New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition in Jersey City, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Ensuring Health Literacy for All Program. The grant will support 10 health literacy training workshops, two on-site reviews for organizations such as health centers or hospitals, meetings with representatives of community-based and health care organizations to promote networking around health literacy and to share best practices, a health literacy summit and website upgrades.
• New Jersey Theatre Alliance in West Orange, received a grant of $25,000 to support The Stages Festival, an annual, month-long, statewide celebration of theatre that encourages individuals to attend the theatre by making the experience affordable and educational. The grant provides sole sponsorship of all Festival events in Ocean County. The Festival offers discounted tickets, free educational workshops, classes, backstage tours and special events. The grant also supports the purchase of listening enhancement receivers and open captioned performances for patrons with hearing loss.
• New Jersey YMCA State Alliance in Trenton, received a grant of $550,000 to support Healthy U Phase 2. The grant funds the continuation of the Healthy U after school program, from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015, for 18,000 children ages 5-12, at 380 YMCA-operated after school sites. The Healthy U program was created in 2008 by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to prevent childhood obesity.
• Ocean Community Economic Action Now (O.C.E.A.N.) in Toms River, received a $20,000 grant to support Eating Smart, Healthy Start Obesity Outreach Nutritional/Fitness Initiative. The program provides for families to attend Obesity Education Outreach Workshops at O.C.E.A.N. Head Start sites. Families receive nutritional and fitness literature, skills to access obesity information using the Internet, nutritional and fitness skills practice with a focus on increasing parent confidence to be the family’s primary nutrition and fitness educator. The grant supports the participation of 1,400 individuals in this collaborative project of O.C.E.A.N., Ocean County Library System, Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County Vocational Technical School and the Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium.
• Saint Vincent Academy in Newark, received a grant of $24,000 to support its Women’s Wellness Plus Program. The program addresses students’ emotional and mental health issues, while also working to improve their physical fitness and healthy eating habits.
• Special Olympics New Jersey in Lawrenceville, received a grant of $50,000 to support its Young Athlete Program. The program supports children, ages 2 through 7, with intellectual disabilities and introduces them to sports to develop motor skills raise awareness about the importance of fitness.
• St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, received a grant of $20,000 to support its Student Counseling Program at the school. The program provides counseling to students with psychological, emotional, or behavioral problems that may impede their academic progress and compromise their ability to function at school and in the community.
• St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, received a grant of $15,000 to support EcoSPACES, a program designed to give inner-city students tools to lead healthy and environmentally productive lives. The program teaches students the origins and chemistry of food, how to make healthy and tasty food selections and provides physical education to promote healthy living.
• Trenton Community Music School in Trenton, received general operating grant of $10,000 to fund arts education.
• United Way of Essex and West Hudson in Newark, received a grant of $50,000 to support funding for a community health outreach worker and provide materials to conduct 10 community-based workshops at the United Way’s partner sites in Newark and Irvington, Family Success Centers, faith-based organizations and civic organizations. Workshop topics will include heart disease, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, low-infant birth weight, obesity, mental illness and oral health. Information will be provided on how to locate health care providers and accessing health care services. The grant also supports five community forums designed to gather information from residents on gaps in health care services.
• Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in Red Bank, the largest visiting nurse association in the state, received a grant of $25,000 to support its School-Based Nurse Practitioner Health Services Program. The program places nurse practitioners in five school districts in Middlesex and Monmouth counties. The nurses will teach students and their parents how to make positive lifestyle choices and reduce behaviors that can put them at risk for such health conditions as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The grant provides for health screenings and health physicals for these health issues.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation visit www.horizonblue.com/foundation .