Four local nonprofits received Momentum grant support in 2018 for programs that will help local people facing poverty build momentum as they take steps to reach their potential.
“We believe that each person possesses great power for good,” said Micki. “When they are given the support they need to overcome challenges and achieve their goals, our entire community benefits.”
Ballard Community Services received $2,500 to purchase much needed therapeutic material that can strengthen their existing program, which includes culturally sensitive and sympathetic children’s books, sensory objects, and classroom supplies. The program partners Ballard Center staff with families on their parenting journey to build a foundation of emotional identification and regulation for preschoolers and reducing chronic stress in the family system.
Just Food of Douglas County, KS, Inc.received $10,320 for KitchenWorks, a 40-hour, intensive training program. Training includes knife skills, menu planning and costing, cooking methods, and sanitation, as well as interpersonal skills. All training is managed in a hands-on, industry environment designed to motivate and inspire the students. A certificate will be awarded to those that pass and ServeSafe certifications will be available to the students if desired. Classes will be taught by Chef Rick Martin, who is co-owner of Limestone pizza.kitchen.bar, instructor at Flint Hills College Culinary Department, and Culinary Instructor at the Lawrence College and Career Center.
Family Promise of Lawrence Savings Match Program received a $2,000 grant. Family Promise has long recognized the importance of financial security for families moving back into stable housing. This has become a routine part of our wrap-around strengths based case management through budgeting discussions and proof of savings requirements. The Savings Match Program builds on this foundation by allowing families to apply to receive a match for their savings account in increments as they exit and continue to provide proof of savings over the course of 6 months. Case managers monitor savings through the procedures already in place for case management and continue to ensure families are meeting savings goals.
Douglas County Child Development Association Positive Bright Start Child Care Tuition Scholarship Fund program provides low income families with funds to assist them with meeting the cost of quality care for their young children, so that they can have steady jobs and financial security. The program received a $5,180 grant.