The ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Resilience & Hope Fund is dispersing grant awards for their spring cycle with a focus on training and therapeutic practices for at risk children and youth in Shasta County. Eight area nonprofits were the recipients of cumulatively $168,449 in funds.
Adverse Childhood Experiences are an accumulation of 10 childhood traumatic experiences and the toxic stress that is strongly associated with brain and neurosystem changes during development. ACEs include experiences such as abuse, neglect, divorce, and household instability before the age of 18. ACE scores of four or more are correlated to risky behaviors, poor physical and mental health outcomes, and challenging social conditions such as high rates of homelessness, harmful substance use, and incarceration.
Shasta County’s ACE scores are double the state average with nearly 40% of the adults surveyed in Shasta County report reporting for or more aces. The ACEs Resilience & Hope Fund aims to prevent and reduce the impact of ACEs in our community, which will ultimately promote long-lasting health and economic benefits to individuals, families, and our community at large.
With the funding support of Shasta County Health & Human Services and First 5 Shasta, the Community Foundation of the North State is pleased to announce grants to the following organizations:
- $22,000 to Children’s Legacy Center – to provide a training program in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Trust Based Relational Interventions
- $9,000 to Creekside Counseling Inc. – to train a Clinical Director and Program Manager in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
- $16,000 to Exodus Farms Ministry – for therapist salary to launch two new support groups (grandparents and grief)
- $36,000 to FaithWorks – for supporting a Youth Advocate, and training and supplemental program costs for the Transitions Program
- $11,905 to HOPE City Redding – to provide restorative justice training to staff and probation officers and restorative chat facilitation for incarcerated youth
- $17,044 to Infant Massage WINC – to provide free infant massage instruction to 70 Shasta County families
- $6,500 to LSS of Northern California – for monthly therapeutic experiences/excursions for formerly homeless, transitional-aged foster youth
- $50,000 Pathways to Hope for Children – to support Community Hope programming through a Community Hope Coordinator, community awareness media and the Hope Summit
“This year, the community-based grant review panel prioritized projects that focus on training/workforce development, supporting NPOs that need assistance to continue good programs during this difficult window/gap for funding, and projects that reach a variety of target groups (including older foster youth, homeless children, infants, young adults in juvenile rehab, etc),” said Megan Conn, Program Officer for The Community Foundation. “We are deeply grateful for our funding partners and their investment in these nonprofits as they work to break generational cycles of ACEs in Shasta County.”
For more information about this and other grant programs managed by the Community Foundation, contact Megan Conn, Program Officer or visit https://cfnorthstate.org/grant/grants/