The Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $675,600 in human services grants to 21 local nonprofit organizations, a portion of $2.5 million in charitable funds that the foundation has allocated for the area in 2013.
Grant recipients include:
Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana: $32,000 to support its Transitions program, which provides specialized services to young clients with developmental disabilities. The Transitions program serves people ages 13 to 30 and provides services which increase their independence and improve their quality of life. Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana: $90,000 to support the Healthy Families Initiative, which includes the Farm Wagon, Community Cupboard, Crisis Assistance and Holiday Food programs.
YWCA Northeast Indiana: $72,500 to support Domestic Violence Services, which provides crisis sheltering, outreach services, education and supportive services for victims of domestic violence.
Aging and In-Home Serv
ices: $43,500 to fund the Family Caregiver Program, which provides counseling, support groups, caregiver training, in-home homemaker services, handy chore services, information and assistance in accessing services, and respite care to families caring for older family members.
Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home: $41,000 to support the Charity Assistance Program that financially assists patients who need visiting nurse and hospice services but do not have insurance coverage or the financial resources to pay for them.
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana: $38,700 to fund the Client Advocate Program, which provides an advocate for cancer patients and their families to help them access services and resources, including loans of medical equipment, health supplies, transportation, financial assistance, personal appearance items and support groups.
Vincent Village for Vincent House Transitional Shelter: $38,000. The shelter moves homeless families from emergency shelters to a level of self-sufficiency in which families are able to maintain stable, permanent housing.
AIDS Task Force: $37,000 to fund outreach services to groups at high risk for HIV, sexually transmitted diseaes, hepatitis and AIDS.
Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity: $35,000 to increase the energy efficiency in 12 new homes to be built in 2014.
Scan Inc.: $31,000 for Family Restoration Services that help families referred by the courts establish stability and learn how to end the cycle of violence in their lives.
Community Transportation Network: $28,000 to fund medical transportation services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
Erins House for Grieving Children: $27,000 to support age-appropriate peer support groups and programs for children, teens and young adults who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one.
League for the Blind and Disabled: $27,000 to support the Independent Living Skills Training program, which assists people with severe disabilities in gaining the personal living skills and services they need to remain in their own home.
Hope House: $26,000 to provide intensive case management and supportive services to assist homeless, chemically dependent women in recovery.
Family & Childrens Services: $23,000 to provide outpatient counseling services for people who have behavioral health needs or who are at risk of involvement with alcohol or drugs, and their families.
Community Action of Northeast Indiana: $22,500 for the Family Development Program, a family-focused case management program that provides supportive services to help families in crisis.
Interfaith Hospitality Network: $17,000 to provide emergency shelter for homeless families.
Center for Nonviolence: $16,200 to fund nonviolence education programs for men, women and youth.
Cedars Hope: $14,400 to fund permanent housing and supportive services for women with mental illness.
Childrens Hope: $10,800 to support the pediatric hospitality house for families caring for hospitalized children.
Healthier Moms and Babies: $5,000 to improve the outcome of pregnancy and reduce infant mortality by providing health education and case management services to low-income, at-risk women.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $23 million to city nonprofits.