Health

In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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AIDS Outreach Center
AIDS Outreach Center provides care for people in Tarrant County living with HIV/AIDS through Care Cascade, an initiative comprised of ten programs designed to prevent the spread of HIV through education, testing, and treatment, while improving an individual's overall quality of life. The program currently serves more than 1,500 people annually. Funding is requested for general operating support.
www.aoc.org
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Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery
Founded in 2012, Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery supports breast cancer survivors by raising awareness, building confidence, and restoring dignity by providing access to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. Funding is requested for the following: financial support to cover co-pays, deductibles, medicines, creams, and other expenses not supported by insurance companies for women after breast reconstructive surgery; expansion of the Educational Outreach Program designed to inform low-income women about the organization's services; and to support a new part-time Outreach Coordinator position.
www.airsfoundation.org
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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a national organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and services to cancer patients and their families. The society is the largest nongovernmental, nonprofit funder of cancer research in the U.S. Funding is requested for the following: conducting and supporting research; construction of Hope Lodge Dallas, to provide free, high-quality, temporary lodging near treatment centers for cancer patients and their families; and general support for the Transportation Assistance Program, which helps transport patients to medical appointments so that they can receive necessary treatment they might otherwise miss.
www.cancer.org
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American Foundation for the Blind, Center on Vision Loss
Established in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss expands possibilities for those with vision loss by broadening access to technology, improving quality of information available to professionals who serve people with vision loss and their families, friends, and colleagues. AFB serves 900 individuals at the Center annually. Funding is requested for the formalization of the agency's visually-impaired volunteer program. Funding is also requested to update assistive technologies (any item, piece of equipment, software, program, or product system used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities). Funding is finally requested to support new marketing initiatives including display materials and hiring a local Dallas PR firm to improve the Center's outreach in the Dallas area.
www.afb.org
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Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Baylor Health Care System Foundation supports Baylor Scott & White Health, a nonprofit network of 49 hospitals and 800 health care access points that provide personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education, and research. Funding is requested for the following: Center for Arts in Medicine, which includes visual art, performing arts, and music therapy programming for patients at Baylor University Medical Center; innovative care teams, consisting of social workers, community health workers, pharmacists and chaplains to serve medically high-risk older adults; and to support the addition of behavioral health, women's health, and other specialists at Baylor Scott & White Health Community Care Clinics, where uninsured patients can receive quality medical services.
www.give.baylorhealth.com
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Bryan's House
Bryan's House serves children and their families by providing medically managed child care, respite care, and community-based, family-centered support services. Funding is requested for the following programs: Early Childhood Education, which provides children with special health needs and their siblings the experience of an active-learning environment tailored to accommodate individual needs and educational goals; Family Support Services, which assists families with rent, utilities, financial coaching, case management, and short-term housing; and Social Support Services, which includes case management services for all Bryan's House families.
www.bryanshouse.org
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Cancer Blows
Through exciting and unique musical events featuring talents of brass musicians worldwide, CancerBlows and The Ryan Anthony Foundation raises awareness and funds to support cancer research with a focus on blood cancers and multiple myeloma. Funding is requested for the following: venue, production staff, and marketing support for the 2017 CancerBlows concert; operating expenses of The Ryan Anthony Foundation, which manages a network of volunteers and musicians; and redesign of the CancerBlows website to accommodate increased popularity of CancerBlows concerts.
www.cancerblows.com
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Cancer Foundation For Life
Cancer Foundation for Life aims to enhance quality of life and survival for individuals living with cancer through exercise and nutritional programs, such as FitSTEPs for Life (FSFL). Funding is requested for the following: support for the Move on Cancer Movement, which aims to incorporate FSFL in cancer treatment facilities nationwide; direct patient services and equipment for the FSFL program to provide patients with a personalized version free of charge for a lifetime; and transition from paper records to a completely online participant tracking system that will increase the capacity of program services and record keeping.
www.cancerfoundationforlife.org
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Cancer Support Community North Texas
Cancer Support Community North Texas supports cancer patients through the psychological, social and emotional challenges they face as a result of cancer. Funding is requested for the following: contract professional yoga, meditation, general exercise, and nutrition workshop facilitators; Camp Noogie, a summer day camp for children to safely explore their feelings and experiences throughout their families' cancer journey; and upgrading information technology, including installation of new servers, complete rewiring and setup at two locations.
www.cancersupporttexas.org
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Caring for Children Foundation of Texas
Caring for Children Foundation of Texas provides immunizations for uninsured and underserved children, as well as targeted preventative and health education services. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the Vaccinate Before You Graduate program, which helps give meningitis vaccines to seniors before attending college, (a requirement for admission into any institution for higher learning); program and operational costs of the Care Van Program, which provides immunizations, dental care, and health education completely free of charge; and flu vaccines at Title I schools during flu season to decrease the number of student absences due to influenza.
www.carevan.org
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Carson Leslie Foundation
The Carson Leslie Foundation, created in honor of Carson Leslie who died of brain cancer at the age of 17, funds childhood brain cancer research and encourages teen cancer patients. Funds are requested for: 1) Salary for their executive director that presently works as a volunteer; 2) for three annual outings and two annual parties to encourage teens battling cancer; and 3) for the salary of the post-doctoral fellow at UTSW researching the type of brain cancer that Carson Leslie had, medulloblastoma.
www.carsonlesliefoundation.org
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Center for BrainHealth
The mission of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas Dallas' is to understand, protect, and heal the brain. Funding is requested for the following: program support for Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) Community Schools in South Dallas, which provides a foundation for realizing students' higher-order cognitive potential; capital support to build a new facility for the Brain Performance Institute, a transitional arm designed to offer evidence-based programs and solutions that maximize brain health and performance; and program support, including educational components for caregivers, and continued engagement for alumni of the Discovery Group, a strength-based approach to helping individuals with memory loss/early stage Alzheimer's.
www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu
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Child and Family Guidance Center
Child and Family Guidance Center provides mental health and counseling services to low-income youth and families. The Center is the oldest guidance clinic in Texas, and the second oldest in the nation. Funding is requested for the following: hiring additional community-based case managers and providing more doctor time as part of an expansion effort to meet the community's rising need for mental healthcare.
www.childrenandfamilies.org
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Child Study Center
Child Study Center provides treatment and education to children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities to help them achieve their full potential. Funds are requested for the following: support of the Children's Development Clinic which provides diagnostic services low and moderate-income families; new iPads and licenses for applications to help children with autism communicate in full, comprehensive sentences; and support of Children's Care Fund, which offsets procedural costs for low to moderate-income families to ensure children from all backgrounds receive the highest quality care.
www.cscfw.org
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Children's Medical Center Foundation
Children's Medical Center Foundation pursues and secures philanthropic contributions to allow Children's Health System of Texas fulfill its mission to make life better for children. Funding is requested for the purchase of five Vgo "Remote Student" robots, which allow students to attend classes "virtually," via remote-controlled video conferencing technology to provide patients with a feeling of connectedness with teacher and peers without falling behind in coursework.
www.childrens.com
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Community Dental Care
Community Dental Care provides dental care and dental health education for 18,000 low-income children and adults annually through its 13 dental centers and one mobile unit. In addition to restorative and preventative services, they offer dental prosthetic surgery and orthodontics. Funds are requested to support direct orthodontia and dental services for children. For every $1 spent on oral health, taxpayers save approximately $50 in restorative and emergency procedures for the underinsured and uninsured.
www.communitydentalcare.org
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Community Health Clinic
Community Health Clinic provides basic health care and preventative health education to low-income, uninsured residents of Collin County. Funding is requested to cover a portion of the salaries for the agency's nurse practitioners. In 2015, the agency provided 2,500 patient visits to nearly 1,000 individuals.
www.chc-mckinney.com
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Cuisine for Healing
Cuisine for Healing aims to educate the community regarding the healing and preventive capacity of food, and makes nutritious food easily available to people who are combatting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Funding is requested for the following: support for the Outreach Food program to provide Cuisine for Healing certified meals to low to moderate-income families; and support for the agency's Community Outreach and Community Education Programs, which include cooking classes with a professional chef and presentations by a certified nutritionist.
www.cuisineforhealing.org
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Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind
Founded in 1931, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind's mission is to create jobs and promote the quality of life and independence for blind and visually impaired people in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: expansion and development of two to three satellite facilities to increase the number of clients served; remodeling and expansion of the Capitol Avenue main campus in Dallas; and placement of assistive/adaptive technology and resources in senior living and community centers to enable seniors with low vision to read and maintain their independence.
www.dallaslighthouse.org
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Dallas Metrocare Services
Dallas Metrocare Services helps adults, youth, and children with developmental or mental health challenges by providing primary care centers, accessible pharmacies, housing assistance, and supportive social services. Funding is requested for the following: support to provide training opportunities for health care professionals to expand mental health knowledge for the next generation of health care providers; and acquisition of Milo, a human-like robot to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities with learning, engagement, and social development.
www.metrocareservices.org
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Dallas Services
Dallas Services fosters independence and community inclusiveness for those with vision loss and/or special needs. Services include a Low Vision Clinic that provides low-vision exams to all ages, including those with cognitive and developmental delays, as well as an inclusive early childhood education program. Funds are requested for the following: 30 handheld HD video magnifiers for low-income, low-vision patients; program support for low-vision diagnostic services; and capital support to relocate and expand the Low Vision Clinic to ensure access to vision care for more people in Texas.
www.dallasservices.org
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Denton Community Health Clinic
Denton Community Health Clinic provides comprehensive, quality, affordable health services to Denton County residents, regardless of their ability to pay. Funding is requested for materials and consultants for a newly developed program designed to screen preschool children from low-income families for both physical and behavioral health issues. Funding is also requested to support expansion efforts, including hiring a social worker to improve coordination of health care and social services to stabilize individuals and help them avoid homelessness; as well as funding to subsidize screening tests, lab work, and radiology services for low-income people.
www.dentonchc.org
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DFW Hospital Council Foundation
The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) provides cost-effective, accessible, and equitable healthcare, education, and communication resources to improve the community's health. Funding is requested for the Diabetes Self-Management program, which has recently started an effort to look specifically at the 75227 zip code in South Dallas, an area known to have a high prevalence of diabetes among residents. The program aims to increase diabetes awareness through bilingual training for all staff, an educational program dedicated to improving physical activity and nutritional knowledge, and improving patient access to treatment through clinics and healthcare fairs.
www.DFWHCFoundation.org
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DME Exchange of Dallas
The Durable Medical Equipment Exchange of Dallas (DME Exchange of Dallas) helps uninsured, underinsured, and low-income residents of Dallas County receive the durable medical equipment they need by collecting donated equipment and, sanitizing, refurbishing, and distributing it to qualified clients. Since its establishment in December 2012, DME Exchange of Dallas has given more than 2,245 pieces of equipment, including wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs to over 1,520 clients. Funding is requested to continue providing equipment to those in need.
www.dfwmeexchange.org
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Drug Prevention Resources
Founded in 1935, Drug Prevention Resources provides prevention education to youth and builds community coalitions to support a safe and drug-free environment in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of prevention education programs and community coalitions, both collaborative efforts with the Greater Dallas area Boys and Girls Clubs.
www.dpri.com
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Eating Recovery Center Foundation
Eating Recovery Center Foundation provides information, education, and training on best practices for identification and treatment of eating disorders to individuals affected by eating disorders, as well as their families, caregivers, and treatment professionals. Funding is requested for the following: The Body Project, an evidence-based intervention program designed to address eating disorders on college campuses, including SMU, Baylor, UTA, UNT and the University of Dallas, by disrupting the concepts of ideal body image; and the Charitable Care Fund to help financially-fragile individuals with eating disorders receive quality care.
www.ercfoundation.org
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Faith & Grief Ministries
Faith and Grief Ministries (F&GM) provides a safe, supportive, spiritual community environment and resources for the bereaved. Funding is requested for the following: materials, marketing and seminar development for a new Financial Education for Widows program, designed to empower widows to manage their personal finances; three part-time community educators to raise awareness of F&GM's resources; and a part-time host liaison to manage relations with various sites, where seminars take place.
www.faithandgrief.org
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Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders
The Foundation for the Callier Center works to increase recognition of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, which aims to transform the lives of individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders by providing clinical services, conducting research, and training the next generation of clinical providers. Funding is requested for the following: the Communication Learning Program, a community-based speech and language therapy program serving adults with acquired neurological disorders - such as a stroke - to enable effective engagement; and the Pediatric Hearing Aid Project, an initiative designed to provide hearing aids and three years of follow-up services to financially fragile children with hearing loss to improve their overall quality of life.
www.utdallas.edu/calliercenter
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Galaxy Counseling Center
Galaxy Counseling Center provides low-cost mental health services to over 60,000 individuals and families in need in Dallas Collin, Rockwall, Denton, and Tarrant Counties. Funding is requested for the following: implementation of a pilot program for 30 women on parole/probation, and individual therapy for 20 trauma victims, as part of Step Up to Safety, a program designed to offer comprehensive, evidence-based trauma resolutions for people with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and trauma. Funding is also requested to support Stand Up and Speak Out, a program designed to empower adolescent groups to make healthy choices and provide them with the tools necessary to handle peer pressure, abuse, harassment, and assault by engaging in role play, art, and counselor-lead discussions; and operational support to maintain core counseling services for children and adults.
www.galaxycounseling.org
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Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry
Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry provides intervention strategies, social and spiritual services, and rehabilitation programs to chemically-dependent individuals in North Texas to help rebuild their lives, families, and communities. Funding is requested to support the Women Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (WARM), recently redesigned to include residential services to enhance recovery efforts.
www.armdallas.org
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Grant Halliburton Foundation
Founded in memory of Grant Halliburton who took his life at age 19, the Grant Halliburton Foundation aims to prevent suicide, promote better mental health, and strengthen the network of mental health resources available to teens and young adults. Funding is requested for expansion efforts of the organization's educational outreach program, which consists of workshops for both teens and adults designed to raise awareness about mental health education, signs of suicide, coping skills, and available resources.
www.granthalliburton.org
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Hanna4Hope
Founded in memory of Hanna Clark, who took her life at age 15, Hanna4Hope provides a variety of resources for parents, family, teens, school districts, and community organizations to raise awareness of the signs of suicide. Funding is requested for the following: operational expenses for Teen Committees and School Clubs, which are programs designed to train students, teachers and faculty on the warning signs of suicide and to create an open dialogue environment within schools. Funding is also requested to support the Teen Leadership Workshop, which works to educate teens on the statistics, signs, and resources for preventing suicide; as well as funding to purchase a projector, screen, and 20 tool kits for speaking engagements, teen workshops and school assemblies.
www.hanna4hope.com
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Hatching Hope Foundation
Founded in 2013, Hatching Hope Foundation educates, encourages, and advocates for families affected directly or indirectly by autism spectrum disorder and other related disabilities, with a particular focus on raising awareness in underrepresented communities across North Texas. Funding is requested for educational workshops, including a bullying and autism spectrum disorder program, designed to educate K-12th grade students; and the autism vision program, designed to help parents create a two-year action plan that will benefit their autistic child and the family as a whole.
www.hatchinghope.org
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Healing Hands Ministries
Healing Hands Ministries serves economically disadvantaged residents in Dallas County, with a particular emphasis on refugee families, by offering high quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Funding is requested for the following: mental health care through the agency's behavioral health clinic; dental care; including preventative measures, x-rays, deep cleanings, sealants, extractions and fillings; and acquisition of the tools necessary to improve a person's overall health, including asthma education, diabetes education, and obesity prevention, resulting in fewer non-emergent hospital visits to local emergency rooms.
www.healinghandsdallas.org
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Health Services of North Texas
Health Services of North Texas provides comprehensive health care, social services, and advocacy throughout North Texas to improve the quality of life, remove health disparities, and empower communities to live healthier lives. Funding is requested for the following: pediatric services, which provide affordable, accessible healthcare for uninsured and underinsured children; women's clinical services, including prenatal, family planning, postpartum, and OB/GYN care; and integrated behavioral healthcare to improve overall health and well-being based on an individual patient's needs. In 2015, the organization served more than 10,000 patients in the North Texas area.
www.healthntx.org
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Heroes for Children
Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to children battling cancer and their families in North Texas. One in every 285 children in the United States will have cancer before they reach 20, and Heroes for Children works to ensure no family with a child with cancer fights alone. Funding is requested for the following: financial assistance for families, such as hotel and travel fees, mortgage payments, and utilities; and social assistance for families, such as the Heroes Milestones program, designed to focus on events a child with cancer might not have the opportunity to celebrate, such as Quinceneras, proms, and even Celebration of Life parties for dying children.
www.heroesforchildren.org
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Human Growth Foundation
The Human Growth Foundation (HGF) offers parent education, supports research, and promotes public awareness of the physical and emotional problems of short-statured people, specifically dwarfism of all forms, whether caused by pituitary growth hormone deficiencies, Turner syndrome or bone disorders. The Fort Worth organization was founded in 1965, and has more than 1,000 members. HGF conducts awareness/outreach programs to identify and encourage persons with growth disorders to seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Funding is requested for the following: an annual education day meeting, including venue costs, AV equipment, food expenses, and travel expenses for various professional speakers; New Family Day, a two-day workshop for families designed to discuss growth disorders and anti-bullying campaigns; and writers' fees, editorial staff, and publication fees for an updated information booklet to raise awareness of Turner syndrome.
www.hgfound.org
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Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County
The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) is a partnership of over 40 agencies and organizations committed to a systematic eradication of childhood, vaccine-preventable diseases. ICTC has given more than 115,000 vaccines to children since its establishment in 1991. Funding is requested for the following: operational costs of serving 5,000-7,000 children annually; and continued provision of educational services to 20,000 families and vaccine providers on the importance and safety of vaccines. Funding is also requested to support a part time grant writer/manager.
www.ictchome.org
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JDRF
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) works to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat Type I diabetes and its complications. To date, JDRF has raised nearly $2 billion globally for research. Funding is requested for the Family Outreach program, which directly serves children, adults, and families in the Greater Dallas community, who are living with or impacted by the disease by providing educational materials, support, mentorship training, and an annual daylong educational event known as the TypeOneNation Summit.
www.jdrf.org
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Kidney Texas
Kidney Texas works to ensure quality care for adults and children suffering from kidney disease, while supporting research to improve treatment options and potential cures. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the dialysis unit at Parkland Hospital to enhance treatment and care services for 3,800 adults and children; acquisition of two hemodialysis units at Texas Health Resources to provide treatment services to 300 patients annually; and support for the Pediatric Stone Center at Children's Medical Center to ensure 1,900 children with urologic conditions receive treatment and follow-up care.
www.kidneytexas.org
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Legacy Counseling Center
Legacy Counseling Center provides affordable mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and housing services for people living with HIV/AIDS to create a healthier, happier community. Legacy also collaborates with other AIDS service organizations to fill the gaps in the continuum of care for underserved clients. Funding is requested for Legacy's programs, which addresses mental health and substance abuse issues for HIV positive people by meeting with clients and providing counseling to relieve depression and isolation, behavioral therapy to improve self-care, substance abuse treatment, housing referral programs, and hospice-style care.
www.legacycares.org
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Leukemia Texas
Leukemia Texas is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting leukemia through research funding and patient aid in Texas. Since its establishment in 1970, Leukemia Texas has awarded more than $7 million in research grants and patient aid. Funding is requested for the following: leukemia research at major medical institutions in Texas, including Baylor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and UNT Health Science Center; and the Patient Aid Program, which has recently seen, dramatic increase in requests as healthcare costs have skyrocketed, and leukemia remains one of the most expensive diseases to treat.
www.leukemiatexas.org
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Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter
The Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter is dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals suffering from lupus through research programs, education, support, and advocacy. Funding is requested for the following: a new program dedicated to helping African American women, as they are three to four times more likely to develop Lupus; and to support operational fees of the annual lupus education conference, lupus workshops, and monthly teleconferences/webinars and support groups throughout the Greater Dallas area.
www.lupuslonestar.org
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Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers
Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers expands treatment options for all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene, and cellular therapies. Through their Patient Molecular Registry program, Mary Crowley works to understand the molecular signals driving cancer cell growth for each patient, and designs treatments in clinical trials that target those signals. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the Patient Molecular Registry due to a recent explosion of readily available genetic information; and to establish a more user friendly website platform while incorporating an interactive educational component for physicians and patients.
www.marycrowley.org
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Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas provides advocacy, support services, educational and preventive programs to create a community dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses. Funding is requested for We Help Ourselves (WHO®), a program designed to teach youth how to avoid school violence, assault, bullying, peer pressure, child abuse, sexual harassment, and emotional abuse through specialized curriculum in schools.
www.mhadallas.org
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Mercy House Ministries
Located in Colleyville, Mercy House provides single, pregnant women a safe and nurturing home, pregnancy care, education, counseling, life skills training, and Christian discipleship. Funding is requested for the following: continuation of operational support for the agency's maternity home, including food, baby formula, diapers, mortgage payments, utilities, and the salary of the house pastor.
www.mercyhouse.org
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Methodist Health System Foundation
Methodist Health System serves the Greater Dallas area by providing compassionate and quality health care to save and improve lives. Last year Methodist Health donated nearly $109 million in unreimbursed charity care. Funding is requested for the following: training and certification of additional nurses in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, which provides, sexual assault victims prompt care and comprehensive evidence collection in a safe, private setting; CenteringParenting®, which focuses on providing medical care, teaching parenting skills, and offering peer support to 96 low-income teenage mothers and their babies during their babies' first two years of life; and Methodist Dallas College and Career Pathways, which offers college and career-readiness training in a hospital setting to high school students through mentoring, volunteerism, and educational workshops to build life skills, including financial literacy, self-safety awareness, coping skills, overall wellness, college admissions and financial aid support, resume writing, interviewing basics, and business etiquette.
www.foundation.methodisthealthsystem.org
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Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas
Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT) provides premature, critically-ill infants with pasteurized donated human milk when their own mother's milk is not available. In 11 years, MMBNT has dispensed over 2.5 million ounces of milk to over 110 hospitals from over 5,500 donors. Funding is requested for the following: the addition of drug detection equipment for the human milk processing laboratory; Milk Money Fund, which ensures medically needy outpatient babies are never turned away based on the family's ability to pay processing fees; and Project Make Our Mission Matter (MOMM), which distributes information packets to educate potential breastmilk donors about milk banking.
www.texasmilkbank.org
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NAMI
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support, education, advocacy, and research to relieve the effects of severe mental illnesses, on individuals, family members, and society. Funding is requested to raise awareness, train staff members, and educate the public about mental health disorders. NAMI Dallas' Children and Youth programs provide a trio of comprehensive prevention and intervention programs focused on the needs of school communities. Funding is also requested for education classes and support groups, which include curriculum for both families and individuals living with mental illnesses.
www.namidallas.org
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NAMI Denton County
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Denton County provides support groups, educational tools, a phone line service, and a website to improve quality of life of all individuals and families affected by mental illness. Funding is requested for the following: NAMI education courses for peers, family members, caregivers and significant others of those suffering from mental illness; NAMI Parents & Teachers as Alllies, a program designed to provide free, in-service presentations to educate school personnel on early warning signs of mental health conditions in youth and how to create a more supportive learning environment; and brochures and flyers for increased outreach.
www.namidenton.org
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Headquartered in Houston, the South Central Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides research grants, support programs, and financial services to better serve those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Funding is requested for the following: "Identifying and Characterizing Auditory Processing Disruptions in MS," a study conducted by John Hart, Jr., MD, at The University of Texas at Dallas to better understand communication capabilities of those with MS, which significantly impacts the ability of an individual with the disease to interact with others. Funding is also requested to support wellness programs, financial services, and scholarships offered in Texas.
www.nationalmssociety.org
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Passing Hats
Founded in March 2011, Passing Hats works to provide handmade hats to cancer patients in North Texas. A completely voluntary program, Passing Hats made more than 10,000 hats distributed to 32 locations in Texas in 2015. Funding is requested for the following: hiring a part-time worker to help with administration; and yarn and supplies for volunteers who are unable to afford their own materials to make the hats.
www.passinghats.org
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Pastoral Counseling Center
Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) helps families navigate the changes and challenges of life through psychotherapy and psychological services for children, teens, and adults designed to help them acknowledge faith and spirituality in life and relationships. Funding is requested for the following: Family and Community Transformation program in West Dallas, Vickery Meadow, and South Dallas, which provides on-site counseling in collaboration with other agencies; subsidization of counseling and psychological services for veterans, which assist veterans and their families dealing with depression and PTSD; and subsidization of counseling for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families in collaboration with Children's Health and the Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children at UT Southwestern.
www.pccdallas.org
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PediPlace
With clinics in Lewisville and Dallas, PediPlace provides pediatric healthcare for uninsured or underinsured children, who would go without care or would unnecessarily use the emergency room. In 2015, PediPlace provided services to 1,091 patients in 2,792 office visits. Funding is requested for the following: expansion and renovation of the original Lewisville clinic; expansion of the school-based clinic program, which provides healthcare for children, who are unable to visit the Lewisville or Dallas clinics; and the Family Care Fund, which provides financial assistance for families to receive labwork and prescription medications.
www.pediplace.org
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Phoenix House of Texas
Phoenix House of Texas provides evidence-based treatment and intervention methods to help individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders and related mental health conditions. The agency's Hill A. Feinberg Academy in Dallas provides residential, rehabilitation treatment services for teens ages 13-17. Funding is requested to fill the gap between the cost of treatment and the state's funding reimbursement for each teen staying at Feinberg Academy.
www.phoenixhouse.org
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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
For over 80 years Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) has created healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. PPGT health centers located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, Paris, Tyler, and surrounding communities have provided well-woman gynecological exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and screenings for anemia and hypertension, birth control including emergency contraception, HPV vaccines, rapid HIV testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy testing, sex education, and referrals to other medical and social services. Last year, PPGT provided healthcare to nearly 70,000 patients and health education to nearly 14,000 students, parents and educators. Funding is requested for the breast and cervical cancer screenings. Last year, PPGT provided over 7,000 cervical cancer screenings, over 8,000 breast cancer screenings, and nearly 6,000 diagnostic and treatment procedures. Funding is also requested for the Community Health Education programs, which includes sexual and reproductive health programming for adults, youth, parents, and children.
www.ppgreatertx.org
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Primary Care Clinic
With locations in Lewisville, Plano, and Dallas, Primary Care Clinic of North Texas provides affordable medical care to low-income, uninsured working families. Since 2003, Primary Care Clinic has provided care to more than 40,000 patients. Funding is requested for the following: operational support to maintain the current level of service hours at all three clinics; to increase salaries to allow the organization to hire and retain medical assistants and administrative staff in an increasingly competitive job market; and to support the acquisition of new updated equipment.
www.primarycareclinic.org
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Ragan's Hope
Ragan's HOPE (Helping Other Parents Endure and Embrace the future) offers immediate help to parents with children with serious, ongoing medical conditions or injuries. Ragan's HOPE provides support to over 400 pediatric patients and their families annually. Funding is requested for the following: crisis management and ongoing logistical support, such as meals, hospital visits, counseling, funeral assistance and seasonal items such as Christmas gifts or school supplies; educational/resource support including mentoring programs, seminars on Medicare and government sponsored financial options, group therapy sessions, financial budgeting, and hospital policies and procedures; and financial assistance, to help with medical bills, medications, utilities, housing, and travel accommodations.
www.raganshope.com
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Recovery Resource Council
Founded in 1957, Recovery Resource Council promotes wellness and recovery from alcohol, addiction, or mental health issues to provide hope and a pathway to recovery for individuals and their families living in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: prevention and wellness services for at-risk children and youth in Tarrant County during the upcoming school year; support for the Sunshine Club, which addresses the devastating effects of alcohol, drug abuse, homelessness, poverty, and violence on young children and provides a safe space for children to share their feelings, learn steps to make healthier choices, and overcome adversity; and an independent, objective evaluation to collect quantifiable data suitable for scientific analysis to determine the effectiveness of the agency's programs and services.
www.recoverycouncil.org
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Reel Recovery, Texas Chapter
Reel Recovery, Texas Chapter introduces men in the cancer recovery process to the healing powers of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore and share their personal experiences with cancer. Funding is requested for five Texas retreats, two of which will be in Glen Rose. These two retreats will serve a total of 24-28 men coping with cancer.
www.texasreelrecovery.org
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Retina Foundation of the Southwest
The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, located in Dallas, is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to preventing and restoring vision loss through innovative research and treatment. Funding is requested for the following: the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, a new collaborative effort with SMU's Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering working to provide individualized treatment to decelerate and/or prevent vision loss for older adults with age-related muscular degeneration; Vision of the Future Building Campaign to help fund the organization's new research center located on Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway to increase patient capacity by 24% in the first year alone; and the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Laboratory, which promotes early detection and effective treatment of eye disorders while conducting free specialized pediatric vision testing procedures.
www.retinafoundation.org
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Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas (SCCenter) works to help those in crisis find hope for the future through specialized programs and services. Funding is requested for the following: salaries for paid crisis line staff who provide intervention services from the free, 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Center HopeLine; expansion of the Teens Can Survive program, which offers suicide prevention education and training to North Texas schools; the Survivors of Suicide program, which served more than 1,600 survivors of suicide, and provided training and professional development to more than 13,000 professionals employed by police departments, hospitals, and schools throughout North Texas.
www.sccenter.org
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Taylor's Gift Foundation
Taylor's Gift Foundation, founded in honor of Taylor Storch who donated her organs after a fatal skiing accident, works to increase organ donor registrations around the world, provide financial and emotional support to those touched by organ donation, and provide scholarships to graduating seniors who are making a positive impact in the world. Funding is requested for the following: Legacy Gift program, established to provide financial assistance to individuals and families touched by organ donation; and the Taylor's Gift Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to students who best embody the Taylor's Gift Foundation motto, "outlive yourself," and make a positive impact in the world.
www.taylorsgift.org
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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation
Founded in 2007 in honor of Connor Cruse, The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation (TCCF) helps fund childhood cancer research programs, supports inpatient groups, and raises public awareness of the limited government funding for childhood cancer research. Funding is requested for the following: collection and banking of blood and DNA samples of children recently diagnosed with cancer to identify specific genetic reasons for the disease, a study being conducted by the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Health and UT Southwestern. Funding is also requested to support a study conducted by the Cook Children's Hematology/Oncology Center researching nanoparticle therapy as a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of tumor that affects children under five; as well as the TCCF summer internship offered to college and/or medical students in collaboration with Children's Health and UT Southwestern pediatric oncology division.
www.teamconnor.org
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Texas Central Hemophilia Association
The Texas Central Hemophilia Association (TexCen) advocates for and supports people with bleeding disorders through educational programs and research funding. TexCen, along with the National Hemophilia Foundation hosts a statewide educational conference annually to provide networking and support opportunities to people with hemophilia and their families. Funding is requested for Camp Ailipomeh (hemophilia spelled backwards), a summer camp for boys ages 7-17 who are usually excluded from traditional summer programs because of their bleeding disorder. The camp focuses on teaching its participants how to manage their condition. Funding is also requested for translation services, including translation equipment and interpreters, to ensure Hispanic community members will be able to fully engage in educational events and programming.
www.texcen.org
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Texas Equal Access Fund
The Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA) provides financial resources to and advocates for low-income people in North Texas and the Panhandle seeking abortions. The TEA Fund has helped more than 5,500 women since its establishment in 2005. Funding is requested for the following: direct financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford the abortion procedure; and administrative costs of running the TEA fund.
www.teafund.org
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Texas Health Resources Foundation
Founded in 1997, Texas Health Resources Foundation raises funds to support clinical, educational, and research programs across the Texas Health system to improve the health of people in North Central Texas. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals, the Texas Health Physicians Group, various outpatient facilities, behavioral and home health services, a medical research organization, and educational programs. Funding is requested for the following: Nursing Excellence Fund for scholarships for nurses seeking bachelors or advanced nursing degrees; and the Texas Health Dallas 50th Anniversary Mobile Health Project, a five-year investment to support initial capital and operations of a mobile health unit for underserved communities in Dallas County.
www.texashealth.org/giving
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Texas Neurofribromatosis Foundation
Texas Neurofribromatosis Foundation provides support, research funding, education, and advocacy to those impacted by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF causes uncontrolled growth of tumors along the nerves, and the disease varies greatly from person to person. Currently very few treatment methods exist. Funding is requested for the following: the Clinic Liaison Program, a collaboration with Children's Medical Center Dallas, Cook Children's Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children's Hospital, which coordinates and funds support groups, social gatherings, and a mentoring program; the Texas NF Symposium, which provides the latest information on genetic testing, educational issues, current treatments, and research trials from the leading NF specialists in the state; and the Texas NF Family Camp to bring families suffering from NF together through social activities such as canoeing and nature walks.
www.texasnf.org
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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) provides extensive therapy and treatment to children challenged by scoliosis, clubfoot, hand differences, hip disorders, limb length discrepancies, sports injuries, and learning disorders. TSRHC maintains six centers that provide specialized orthopedic services and support an active research program. In 2015, TSRHC treated nearly 20,000 patients, facilitated more than 35,000 clinic visits, and performed over 2,100 surgeries. Funding is requested for the following: Summer Nursing Externship Program, which hosts 23 student nurses to work in one of four clinical disciplines: Inpatient Nursing, Ambulatory Care, Surgery, and Neurology/Pediatric Developmental Disorders; and for development and maintenance of a digital portal for "Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia," which is part of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at TSRHC.
www.tsrh.org
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The Agape Clinic
The Agape Clinic has provided primary and specialty medical care to uninsured and underinsured clients throughout North Texas for nearly 33 years. Agape Clinic provides care at one-eighth of the real world cost of services, giving $8 worth of treatment for every $1 donated. Funding is requested for the following: capital funding for the new Baxter Crowley Agape Health and Wellness Center and renovation costs of the current facility; and expansion of counseling services at Agape Clinic by adding one therapist. Funding is also requested to cover the cost of patient visits, which average $35 per person.
www.theagapeclinic.org
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The Art Station
The Art Station provides art therapy to help individuals deal with various life challenges, ranging from mental health issues such as depression, relationship conflicts, behavioral issues, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, chronic illnesses, developmental delays, and anxiety. Art therapy provides a visual language allowing an individual to express his or her feelings when words are too painful, difficult, or inaccessible. Funding is requested to hire an art therapist to expand programming. Funding is additionally requested for program support for two existing art therapy groups designed to help veterans dealing with anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).
www.theartstation.org
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The Bridge Breast Network
The Bridge Breast Network (BBN) provides patient navigation, medical referrals for non-breast health issues, health education/awareness, early detection and diagnostic services, and full breast cancer treatment to underserved individuals across North Texas. Since its establishment in 1992, BBN has served more than 150,000 North Texans. Funding is requested for the following: operational costs and hiring another patient navigator for the Bridging Breast Health Access program, which incorporates community education, navigation, and access to detection and treatment services for breast cancer and other chronic diseases. The program is designed to reduce health care disparities and inequalities by removing geographic, cultural and financial barriers to care.
www.bridgebreast.org
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The Cooper Institute
The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellness through research and education. Founded in 1970, the Institute has not only established the benefit of regular physical activity, but also helped provide links between fitness and many preventable, chronic illnesses including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and dementia. Funding is requested for Spanish translation of the FitnessGram®- the first "student fitness report card" designed to improve physical education programs and bring awareness to children's health. Funding is additionally requested for the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS), one of the oldest and longest running longitudinal studies in the world on measured cardiorespiratory fitness. The CCLS helped establish the link between fitness and cardiovascular diseases, dementia, healthcare costs, and more. Currently CCLS houses over 300,000 records from over 110,000 individuals representing more than 1.8M years of life observation and will continue to grow in perpetuity.
www.cooperinstitute.org
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The Learning Center of North Texas
Founded in 2001, the Learning Center of North Texas (TLCNT) provides resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities living in North Central Texas. TLCNT offers a variety programs and services including: educational evaluation and support, which provides comprehensive, diagnostic educational evaluations for children from birth through adulthood; professional development for educators to improve their skills in teaching and understanding all learners; parent and educator resources, including a library, website, and partnerships with various agencies; and adult services programs to serve adults with learning and literacy barriers. Funding is requested for financial assistance to provide access to services for the economically disadvantaged. Funding is additionally requested to support the expansion of the agency's bilingual educational evaluation capabilities by hiring a bilingual educational diagnostician and purchasing appropriate testing instruments. Finally, funding is requested for operating support.
www.tlcnt.org
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - North Texas Chapter
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) North Texas Chapter works to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its inception in 1949, LLS has allocated more than $1 billion to research. Last year, the North Texas Chapter raised $5,400,000 towards its mission. Funding is requested for the following: leukemia and lymphoma research; copays and travel assistance for patients and families to help supplement transportation costs and care not covered by insurance; and to provide continuing education for nurses who attend the North Texas Blood Cancer Conference, which educates patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
www.lls.org/ntx
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The Men of Nehemiah
The Men of Nehemiah (MON) serves men with addictive disorders by providing residential accommodations, substance abuse treatment, counseling, life skills and job placement training, case management, and a variety of recovery support services. The nine-month recovery program is based on 15 biblical principles, which embrace the 12-step recovery model, and includes a military-style approach including physical fitness, community service and personal accountability. Funding is requested for the following: operating costs to provide food and housing for men in the program; and to support the cost of providing breakfast to 100 people every Sunday, many of whom are homeless. The program serves approximately 165 men annually.
www.themenofnehemiah.org
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The Something for Kelly Foundation
The Something for Kelly Foundation (SFK) assists and empowers children who are at-risk for eating disorders, their family members, and professionals who support them. Current statistics indicate that 42% of students who are in the first through third grades report wanting to be thinner, and 81% of 10 year-olds are afraid of being fat. SFK provides programs to create a mindset shift in children with a predisposition to eating disorders, assists them in their relationship with food, and motivates them to voluntarily choose a healthier direction. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the organization's curriculum and children's book, Yummy Wisdom; support for speakers to hold educational presentations for PTA groups, teachers, and continuing education courses for nurses; and summer camps held in collaboration with Garland Recreation Centers for children ages 6-12.
www.somethingforkelly.org
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The Well Community
Serving adults ages 18-80 in Dallas County, the Well Community (The Well) provides hope and healing to adults recovering from mental illness through healthy relationships and programs. Services are delivered through the weekday Community Life Center, offering psychosocial intervention and incorporating elements of a Clubhouse model. Funding is requested for the following: the Daily Bread program, designed to offer nutritious meals to clients every program day; and expansion of the transportation services in order to offer a door-to-door van service and bus passes to ensure every client has access to The Well's programming.
www.wellcommunity.org
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Trauma Support Services of North Texas
Founded in 2007, Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) provides affordable therapy and support services to trauma survivors without insurance or ability to pay. The southern sections of Dallas and Tarrant counties have the highest incidences of traumatic events and the lowest number of licensed therapists to serve the victims of those events. Funding is requested for the expansion of the Suicide Trauma Therapy program, designed to provide therapy for friends and family of individuals who have committed suicide. Funding is also requested for hiring a Director of Development and Marketing.
www.tssnt.org
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United Way of Tarrant County
United Way of Tarrant County improves lives across its diverse communities by prioritizing needs in education, income, and health, forming partnerships with other organizations, and raising and investing resources to make lasting change. Funding is requested for the following: scholarships for workforce training programs to allow individuals to compete in today's job market by providing them with new skills to obtain a higher paying job; Leveled Literacy Intervention, a reading intervention curriculum offered to 1st-3rd graders in 13 elementary schools who have been identified as not reading on grade level; and medication management to carefully review and reevaluate all medications taken by the elderly to avoid further complications, such as falls from dizziness and hospitalization. All three funding requests are part of United Way's "Bold Goal" initiative with individual milestones to achieve by 2020.
www.unitedwaytarrant.org
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University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation (UNTHSC) strives to secure community backing to support innovation, allow for programmatic sustainability, and create solutions for a healthier community. Located in Fort Worth, the Health Science Center includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, UNT System College of Pharmacy, and the School of Health Professions. Funding is requested for the following: STEM Mentorship program, designed to let students from Arlington Independent School District meet post-secondary students and faculty as part of the National Research Mentoring Network; Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE), which allows medical students in TCOM to visit senior homes through partnerships with Meals on Wheels, hospitals, and senior living communities; and the UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic, which provides comprehensive medical care including well-child exams, sick visits, immunizations, vision and dental screenings, and laboratory testing to uninsured and underinsured children in Fort Worth.
www.unthsc.edu
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UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center
The University of North Texas Kristen Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) conducts evidence-based research, training, and direct services to positively impact individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The center represents a unique, dynamic collaboration between faculty and students across many disciplines at UNT, including applied behavior analysis, special education, and counseling. Funding is requested for the following: a web-based outreach research study designed to observe whether the use of puppets helps improve basic skills of children with ASD; hiring a Training Director and Director of Research to standardize and nationally disseminate KFAC's treatment model, implementing evidence-based research, and securing and managing grants; and installation of an elevator or wheelchair lift to enable clients and family members with physical disabilities to access the KFAC second floor space, largely unusable at the moment due to federal accessibility laws.
www.autism.unt.edu
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UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute
As an affiliate of the UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Moncrief Cancer Institute (UTSW-MCI) provides leading-edge services in cancer care to the medically underserved of North Texas, specifically uninsured and underinsured patients. Loss of fertility is a significant late effect of cancer treatment for those patients diagnosed in their reproductive years. Therefore, fertility preservation must be completed before cancer treatment begins, creating a small window of opportunity for those interested. Unfortunately, few people know of this option - half of oncologists report never having referred a patient for a fertility consultation and 60% of cancer survivors do not recall having received this information from their doctor at the time of diagnosis. MCI requests funding for the following: expansion of the Fertility Preservation Program to provide fertility preservation education and treatment opportunities to physicians and patients, including coordination of treatment, and financial assistance for uninsured and underinsured adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
www.moncrief.com
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YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Founded in 1885, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves seven counties and operates in 19 branch locations, two resident camps, and more than 300 program sites. YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas works to put Christian values into practice through programs that build health, spirit, mind, and body for all. Funding is requested for the Y's Safety Around Water swim safety initiative and the YMCA Apartment Swim program, designed to educate youth living in apartment complexes on swim safety. Funding is also requested for the Rise School at the Moody Family YMCA in the Park Cities, a collaborative effort between the Rise School of Dallas and the YMCA. The Rise School provides care and therapy services to preschool children with developmental disabilities.
www.ymcadallas.org
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