"Kimberly Olson is a retired United States Colonel, author and CEO/ President of Grace After Fire, an organization designed for women Veterans. With a foundation of selfless dedication to standing for women Veterans until they can stand for themselves, Kimberly's military career allowed her to change perception about women serving in the armed forces. Now her work with Grace After Fire will drive the knowledge that women Veterans can have immense value and resulting success, with a support network customized for their unique needs."
We're super excited to let you know that we're part of the Honoring Those Who Serve Challenge. The Challenge is a fundraising campaign being launched by Newman's Own Foundation. The Foundation is proud to continue Paul Newman’s commitment to help the military community – those who have given so much of themselves, who now face critical needs. To give back, Newman's Own Foundation will be donating $180,000 to organizations like ours focused on empowering military personnel, veterans and their families. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $75,000 donation from Newman's Own Foundation. Second place gets $50,000 and third gets $25,000. We're out to raise as much money as possible for our cause so we can win that $75,000 grand prize donation. We think we can win and to do so, we definitely need your help. We'll be sending emails throughout the Challenge and we'll be asking for you to give. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small.
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While female service members confront the same problems as male veterans, they also face distinct struggles as women. Meet two brave women on their emotional journey from the front lines back home.
READ MORE ABOUT WOMEN VETERANS AND THEIR STRUGGLES
Grace After Fire offers support services for women who have served in the military in Bexar County.
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The Simmons Foundation Announces New Grants to Help Women VeteransInitiative Targets Five Houston Nonprofits Serving Women Veterans and Their FamiliesHOUSTON – Today The Simmons Foundation announced the award of grants to five local nonprofits seeking to locate and serve an estimated 22,000 women veterans living in the Greater Houston area. The grant awards are for $12,500 and also include professional mentoring through the United Way of Greater Houston’s Learning Circles for nonprofit professionals.
Through this opportunity, the Simmons Foundation is awarding grants to private nonprofit organizations that have a distinct interest in providing services to female veterans living in the greater Houston area. In addition to the Learning Circle, the grant will offer an opportunity for the agencies to learn from each other’s approach to service delivery for women veterans participating in their programs. The awarded agencies provide a range of services that address issues such as mental health, homelessness, career transitioning, family reunification/strengthening and access to military benefits.
“We hope that these grants will support our vision of building an educated, tolerant and resilient community, particularly for women veterans. By partnering with the United Way of Greater Houston, we are strengthening our partnership with veteran-serving organizations that work tirelessly to provide our returning servicewomen with support for their transition to the civilian sector,” said Linda May, Executive Director of The Simmons Foundation. “The work of the United Way of Greater Houston to strengthen local nonprofit organizations has already helped tens of thousands of local residents. Their commitment to veteran-serving agencies made this partnership a natural fit.”
This is the first year the Simmons Foundation has offered a grant opportunity specifically targeted at veterans-serving organizations. The Foundation has a tradition of being receptive to innovative funding opportunities. In 2012, the Simmons Foundation Board of Directors approved 176 grants totaling $3,457,676 primarily in the greater Houston area.
Recipients of the grant award, include:
· Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - http://www.dbsahouston.org/
· Santa Maria Hostel, Inc. - http://www.santamariahostel.org/
· SER – Jobs for Progress - http://www.serhouston.org/· Grace After Fire - http://www.graceafterfire.org/
· Worklife Institute – http://worklifeinstitute.com/ More information about the Simmons Foundation is available at www.thesimmonsfoundation.org. A copy of the United Way of Greater Houston’s Veterans Resource Directory can be downloaded at http://www.unitedwayhouston.org/default/pdfs/11-veteran-resource-directory.pdf.
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About The Simmons FoundationThe mission of the Simmons Foundation is to partner with organizations that strengthen women, youth and families while building an educated, tolerant and resilient community. The Simmons Foundation supports nonprofits that help individuals, particularly marginalized and vulnerable populations, obtain resources and tools that build character and leadership and develop skills so they can improve their lives. It is the Foundation’s further intent to invest in organizations and neighborhoods so they become robust and sustainable.
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