Grace After Fire offers support services for women who have served in the military in Bexar County.
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When retired Army Chaplain Herman Keizer Jr. comes to Fort Worth, strangers, seeing his Purple Heart cap, sometimes pay for his dinner.
Keizer appreciates the pride and feelings of support that Texans often show to veterans, both of current wars and earlier ones. His work in North Texas, the thing that brings him here for about a week each month,is a new kind of effort to help veterans of all those wars — and of future conflicts.
The group he works with, based at Brite Divinity School on the Texas Christian University campus, doesn’t provide psychological counseling or job referrals or help in obtaining veterans’ services. In fact, the group rarely counsels individual veterans.
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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.
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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On September 19th Grace After Fire took part in Stand Up and Give - North Texas Donor Giving Day. This one day event raised over 25 million for charities in the North Texas. As an organization, Grace After Fire raised over $7000.00. We could not have done it without the generous support of our donors! Thank you for continuing to support women Veterans and bringing them to the table.
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