Supporting Health and Wellness in our Community
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2017 Recipients

Albrecht Free Clinic – Healthy Smiles Change Lives (Access to Care/Navigation)
The Albrecht Free Clinic provides medical, behavioral and dental services for eligible individuals who are underinsured, uninsured or otherwise unable to afford and access medical care. Healthy oral hygiene and dental care has been identified by the Albrecht Free Clinic as a major emerging community health need of local communities. Funds will support three types of dental care: emergency care, basic restorative and oral hygiene and education. This support will allow the clinic to address dental health for the uninsured and underinsured in Washington County.
Amount awarded: $70,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County – Mentoring for Mental Health
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County’s mission is to "provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever." Mentoring for Mental Health program will serve children 6 – 18 years of age in families facing adversity and pair them with mentors that will provide awareness, education. The long term goal of the program is for the children to manage their illness or issue in a healthy way, avoid seeing drugs/alcohol as a solution and develop strong self-confidence and higher aspirations.
Amount awarded: $8,000

Boys & Girls Club of Washington County – Healthy Choices Initiative (Chronic Disease and Prevention)
The Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 6-17 years in Washington County and promotes character building experiences for children through social, educational and recreational experiences. With the change in the economy and the increasing risk that youth are facing with childhood obesity, the goal of this project is to improve the health and wellness of youth through proper nutrition, education and a positive influence regarding diet and exercise. Funds awarded will specifically provide 20,000 summer program meals at the West Bend, Jackson, Kewaskum and Hartford locations. This program is important to the at-risk youth throughout Washington County and will help to improve their health and provide education regarding proper nutrition.
Amount awarded: $25,000

Friends Inc. – Opening Doors Program (Access to Care and Navigation and Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse)
Friends of Abused Families has provided over 39 years of service to Washington County and empowers and provides safety to those affected by domestic and sexual violence through support services and prevention education. The Opening Doors Program supports six critical program areas including:

  1. Mental health assessments and treatment
  2. Substance abuse assessments and treatment
  3. Security deposits, rent assistance, and utility payment assistance
  4. Child care costs
  5. Maintenance and upkeep of the emergency shelter and 24 hour crisis intervention facility
Safe housing and access to 24-hour crisis intervention support are pivotal elements in helping an individual escape a violent relationship and gain access to mainstream resources to prevent further victimization for themselves and any children. Friends of Abused Families is the sole provider of housing and support services for individuals experiencing violence in their homes or relationships in Washington County.
Amount awarded: $15,000

Kettle Moraine YMCA – Wellness Programs (Chronic Disease Prevention and Management)
The Kettle Moraine YMCA is committed to expanding their reach and impact in local communities throughout Washington County by making healthy living initiatives available at an affordable cost since cost is often a barrier for those dealing with health issues. Funds will be used to directly impact their Diabetes Prevention Program through classes, screenings and community programs. This year-long program engages adults who are overweight or pre-diabetic in a group lifestyle intervention to help avoid effects diabetes can have. Funds will support their LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program through classes, pre and post assessments and in supporting survivors. This is a 12-week program for adults with a current or past cancer diagnosis.
Amount awarded: $31,500

Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County – Senior Transportation Program (Access to Care/Navigation)
Interfaith Caregivers helps Washington County residents over the age of 60 with assistance to live safely in their own home. Support is provided to enable seniors to live and thrive in their homes and community by providing transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores/food pantries and exercise and wellness programs. When transportation barriers for seniors are removed, a senior's access to healthcare and other vital services such as nutrition and wellness improve. Transportation expenses include volunteer recruitment and background checks, auto supplies, fuel, insurance, licensing, repairs/maintenance and software to track assisted rides. As the population of Washington County ages, providing support for these services is important so they do not increase to a point where the health of seniors is in jeopardy.
Amount Awarded: $22,000

Casa Guadalupe Education Center – Healthy Latinos, Healthy Futures (Access to Care/Chronic Disease Management)
Casa Guadalupe is currently the only bilingual and bi-cultural community based non-profit organization serving Spanish speaking residents in Washington County. Latinos living in Washington County are the most likely group to not have a regular source of health care, resulting in low health literacy which affects the overall health of the community. Funds will support health seminars and programs, outreach initiatives and transportation needs to promote education about health screenings, diabetes prevention, active lifestyles and nutrition for adults and families.
Amount awarded: $22,250

Elevate, Inc. – Too Good for Drugs (Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse)
Elevate focuses on strengthening individuals and communities and to provide educational programming, awareness and prevention programs and assistance and supportive services aimed at reducing the risk for behavioral health issues and other high risk behaviors. The best way to combat this issue is through early awareness and evidence based preventions. Funds will be used to implement Too Good for Drugs, which is recognized as a model program through the Federal Government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a research-based, skill-building prevention program in the West Bend School District at all five elementary schools at the fourth grade level. Ensuring youth have access to factual information regarding alcohol and drugs in their school setting remains critical for future safe and healthy decision making.
Amount Awarded: $25,600

Family Promise of Washington County – Homeless Health Services & Housing (Access to Care/Navigation and Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse)
Family Promise's mission is to rebuild lives with compassion by providing resources and services that prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families. In February 2018, Family Promise will be opening a new Singles Shelter tripling the client base served by 85 – 100 clients annually. The funds requested will be used to identify unaddressed behavioral health and physical health needs of individuals who are homeless, connect them to quality healthcare services, encourage follow-through with recommended treatment, and ensure safe and stable housing while seeking services.
Amount awarded: $20,600

Total Awarded = $239,950