$376,089 in Grants Awarded; Salvation Army Receives Funding to Provide Underserved with Expanded Mental Health Services

Total of $376,089 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Onondaga & Madison counties

October 6, 2015 –It is common for uninsured individuals and families to face difficulties accessing the mental health services they need. Children have few options because of a lack of specialized treatment programs designed to meet the unique needs of individuals and families, and the inflexibility of the traditional mental health clinic system. According to the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, one in five American children have a diagnosable mental illness during a given year.

The Salvation Army has been working for more than a century to address this issue and assist individuals with counseling and case management.  These therapeutic services offer a safe haven for families involved in foster care and adoption issues, families with adolescents who are struggling with emotional and behavioral problems, and those affected by domestic violence.

The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded the Salvation Army a $50,000 grant to redesign existing space to create outpatient counseling services that help adults, children, and adolescents who struggle with severe mental illness. By shifting some of these services to its underutilized administrative wing, visitors will now have access to a private counseling center that respects their confidentiality and provides them with a safe refuge of care to help them get back on their feet. This is one of 15 community grants totaling $376,089 the Community Foundation awarded this month.

“We believe by increasing access to outpatient counseling services in Onondaga County and by providing flexible, person-centered, mental health services that attract and retain clients in services, those struggling with these illnesses will develop independence and personally meaningful lives,” said Paula Cerio, Director of Quality & Program Development at the Salvation Army.

Additional Grants Awarded

The Community Foundation also awarded grants to programs in the fields of arts & culture, education, environment and animals, human services and public and societal benefit:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $36,465 to support its Career Prep at the Clubs program, an initiative aimed at helping at-risk teens explore career options, make sound educational decisions and prepare them for the workforce.

Chadwick Residence received $7,700 to expand its housing accommodations for homeless women and families.

The Cora Foundation received $11,630 to support production costs of its “People Who Came to My House” project and exhibition, in which Syracuse photographers capture images of local service workers.

David’s Refuge received $7,500 to implement technology upgrades to streamline guest booking, donor management and administrative functions.

Friends of Dewitt Parks & Recreation received $100,000 to build an all-inclusive outdoor multi-sports and wellness complex at Carrier Park designed for the use and enjoyment of the residents and visitors of Central New York.

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park received $50,000 to construct an outdoor pool for its Asian Elephant Preserve.

LiteracyCNY received $20,000 to hire a fund development consultant to design and implement a three-year major gift campaign.

Marcellus Sports Booster Club received $5,000 to replace its wooden playground with an accessible new design that will allow for mobility of children with all physical abilities.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation received $15,000 to implement renovations of its gift shop, including point of sale and inventory systems, upgraded displays, and improvements to its online store.

Open Hand Theater received $13,000 to revise, update and promote its education touring programs, which will focus teachings on life styles and cultural experiences in accordance with Common Core principles.

Person to Person Citizen Advocacy received $10,920 to update its internal tracking database, allowing for efficiency improvements of state and agency reporting by its staff.

Signature Band & Choir received $11,900 to provide live music to cancer patients, their families, visitors and staff at the Upstate Cancer Center and at the Everson Museum’s various public events.

Syracuse Children’s Chorus received $6,974 to support “Time and Place“, a performance based on Syracuse’s historic involvement in the Underground Railroad.

University Neighborhood Preservation Association received $30,000 to implement its first phase of restorations of the historic Gustav Stickley House, located on Columbus Avenue in Syracuse.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges. cnycf.org

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