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.