DLC receives opioid use disorder treatment grant
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health announced that through the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Collier County Community and Human Services received an $84,750 Building Bridges grant to implement a medication assisted treatment community integration program.
Building Bridges grants fund projects that enhance collaboration between jails and community-based treatment providers for opioid use disorder. These grants provide funding to eligible Building Bridges sites to support projects that increase the capacity of local communities to collaborate across the areas of public safety, behavioral health, and public health.
Collier County partnered with DLC, in collaboration with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Armor Correctional Health Services, to implement support for Medication-Assisted Treatment for inmates in the jail with substance use disorders. This MAT community integration program aligns with one of six priorities outlined in the County’s first-ever, five-year Mental Health and Addiction Services Strategic Plan approved by County Commissioners in 2019. The priority seeks to increase the capacity and effectiveness of the justice system response for persons experiencing serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
The League Club donates to local area food pantries
In response to the surge in demand for food assistance in our community, The League Club recently launched a member challenge to raise funds in support of two local area food pantries. The two-week campaign raised $38,444. St. Matthew’s Pantry and Harry Chapin Food Bank were the recipients of the donations.
“We are so grateful to have St. Matthew’s and Harry Chapin in our community,” League Club president Maria Lane said. “The League Club has supported these organizations in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Philanthropy is at the very heart of our mission.”
In late March, the club disbursed a $10,000 emergency fund to Meals of Hope. In April unrestricted grants in the amount of $425,387 were distributed to 44 area nonprofits.
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards Youth Haven covid relief funds
Youth Haven Inc. announced it is a recipient of $20,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief funds from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. The funds received will help cover the unexpected financial hardships that Youth Haven has encountered at the result of the pandemic. The need to increase youth care worker staff due to stay-at-home orders and transition to virtual learning, keeping its children and teens on campus 24 hours a day, as well as the need to purchase additional food, necessities and cleaning supplies all put a strain on Youth Haven’s budget. In addition, Youth Haven’s annual spring charity golf tournament, previously scheduled for April 14, was cancelled due to social distancing regulations.
According to a letter that Youth Haven received, to date, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation’s board of trustees has approved over $8 million in COVID-19 emergency relief funds to organizations across their geographic focus areas of Southwest Florida and the Twin Cities metropolitan region in Minnesota.
NAMI Collier County opens doors in the midst of pandemic
As the impacts of the pandemic were just starting to be realized in March and April, NAMI Collier County was able to find encouraging success securing housing for homeless members with mental health issues.
Using an Emergency Solutions Grant from Collier County, which is funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, NAMI found housing for three people in 2018 and nine people in 2019. Since March, NAMI has found housing for 12 people using a $30,000 grant matched by its own funds. The grant allows NAMI Collier County to pay six months of rent for qualifying individuals, allowing them to find stability with program support.
The mission of the NAMI Collier County is to provide advocacy, education, public awareness and support so that all individuals and families affected by mental illnesses can improve the quality of their lives. To learn more about programs and how you can help, visit www.namicollier.org.
Kensington Golf & Country Club raises funds for local veterans
Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, members of Kensington Golf & Country Club have raised $113,434 in 2020 for the benefit of local veterans through their partnership with Home Base, a nonprofit program of the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for veterans of all eras, service members and their families. The latest amount raised brings the total to more than $1 million in the nine years since the club started hosting the Home Base program.
Each year, Kensington Golf & Country Club hosts a scramble-format tournament with all proceeds from fees and sponsorships going directly to treat local veterans. When this year’s event, originally scheduled for April 4, was cancelled due to the pandemic, organizers shifted their focus to generating funds through a raffle, which netted $13,140.
Bank of America grant supports Guadalupe Center
Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support students in Guadalupe Center’s three educational programs. Guadalupe Center serves 1,400 students annually through its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. The nonprofit recently announced expansion plans that will allow it to serve several hundred additional students by the end of 2021. Guadalupe Center’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Community Partners Grant Program helps by addressing issues fundamental to economic health and sustainability. The foundation is advancing economic mobility by addressing issues related to workforce development and education, community development and basic needs ¦