Our Giving Together program increases impact by pooling Foundation and donor resources to support strong organizations and collaborations making a difference in our community. By encouraging collective giving with our generous fundholders for critical issues, we can better support a strong ecosystem of nonprofit organizations in the Triangle. The nonprofit partners highlighted through Giving Together are doing critical work in our community helping people in need, and we believe in them.

Current Initiatives

Giving Together: Community Development 2017

Poverty cannot be simplified as a direct consequence of a lack of affordable housing, unemployment, or poor health.  Instead, Triangle Community Foundation believes that it must be viewed with a broader outlook that considers the unique challenges of marginalized families and individuals.  By providing funding and resources, we are building the capacity of local organizations successfully increasing access to housing, employment, and mental and physical health in order to address persistent poverty in our region.

We are launching Giving Together: Community Development 2017 by adding $75,000 of our own funding to the collective pot. Now it’s your turn – fundholders, here’s how you can help: 

  • Contributions for Giving Together: Community Development will be accepted between November 8 – December 31, 2017.
  • Collective Grants will be sent from the Foundation to the nonprofit organizations in January 2018.
  • Support a specific organization by making a grant on DonorCentral to Fund for the Triangle: Community Development and adding the organization’s name as the “grant purpose.”
  • Support all 15 organizations by making a grant on DonorCentral to Fund for the Triangle: Community Development.
  • Please contact the Foundation if you’d like to support the program, but do not currently have a Fund with us.

Staff Endorsement

Nonprofits need a strong organizational foundation in order to be equipped to tackle the most pressing social issues in our community.  through Our Focus, each of these organizations below has completed an assessment to determine their operational strengths and challenges, and then continued their growth by undertaking projects such as strategic planning, board development, program evaluation, technology implementation, and fundraising strategy.  They’ve also supported the professional development of their staff to deepen their bench, and have demonstrated incredible growth.  Their commitment to organizational excellence is unwavering, and I believe that these groups are poised to take on our community’s greatest challenges.  – Gina Andersen, Community Programs Officer

Giving Together: Community Development 2017 partners

Club Nova Community | Community Health Coalition, Inc. | Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) | Durham Center for Senior Life | El Centro Hispano | Fostering Youth Opportunities Collaborative |  Johnson Service Corps | LIFE Skills Foundation | Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT) | SEEDS | Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) | Threshold Inc | UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative | White Oak Foundation, Inc. | Women’s Center of Wake County

Club Nova Community, Inc.

About: Club Nova was founded 1987 to address the needs of people living with serious mental illness. For 30 years, Club Nova has been bringing hope and opportunities to people with mental illness, while making a significant positive impact on the community. Club Nova is a community-based, comprehensive, and highly integrated approach designed to address the needs of the whole person – needs that would otherwise go unmet. Club Nova helps members rebuild their lives through a supportive environment that focuses on each person’s strengths and talents, rather than the illness. Members and staff work together as colleagues to ensure opportunities for members to advance their education, gain employment, have a place to live, connect with families/supports, receive quality health care, make friends, and accomplish desired life goals. A $10,000 grant will apply toward leveraging a matching grant that supports facility expansion enabling Club Nova to have an even greater impact.

In Their Words: Brian was in college, working in his sister’s restaurant, and enjoying time with his girlfriend. Life began to unravel – the restaurant closed, he and his girlfriend broke up, and he dropped out of school. His father helped him enlist in the army. He didn’t make it through the first week. He ended up hospitalized diagnosed with schizophrenia. After a long term hospitalization at a state psychiatric hospital, Brian left with everything he owned in a plastic bag. Enter Club Nova membership. He slowly began reclaiming his life. Club Nova helped him return to work and build supportive relationships. He also possessed advocacy skills and often spoke about mental illness, helping change perceptions. Through Clubhouse Training, Brian decided he wanted to join the Clubhouse Faculty. After training, Brian became a member of the Clubhouse International Faculty and conducts Clubhouse Accreditations around the world. He has found his purpose in life.

Facebook: Club Nova Community, Inc. | Twitter: @ClubNovaNC

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Community Health Coalition

About: Community Health Coalition, Inc. (CHC) has successfully served the Durham Community since 1989. CHC is dedicated to reducing the incidence of preventable diseases in youth and adults, specifically hypertension, diabetes and HIV, in Durham’s African-American population, and to eliminating racial health disparities. CHC team consists of the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy in addition to professionals with a variety of expertise and knowledge. Members range from community volunteers, students (graduate & undergraduates), nurses, nutritionists, internists, pharmacists, dentists, and family and specialty practice physicians. CHC is uniquely positioned as a vital link between health service providers, medical research enterprises, and the diverse subpopulations of African Americans and low-income populations in Durham who continue to disproportionately shoulder the health disparities and inequities burden in Durham. CHC provides successful health care services such as access to low cost care through free clinics and mobile stations, access to free or low cost screening and diagnostic tests, collaboration with community partners and political leaders on health care issues needing policy changes, and convincing pharmaceutical companies to provide low or minimal cost monitoring devices such as blood pressure cuffs. With $10,000, CHC would be able to increase its efforts to eradicate health disparities in the Durham Community.

In Their Words:For over 11 years, CHC has effectively managed chronic disease at the Morreene Road and Morning Glory Housing complexes where medical students were provided exposure to real life health issues affecting our senior populations. CHC strives to engage poor and African American populations with high risks for chronic disease in the target counties in activities that promote heart healthy lifestyles. Their goal is to expand efforts in eradicating health disparities in our community.

Facebook: @communityhealthcoalition | Twitter: @chealthc

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Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods)

About: Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods) is a broad-based multi-racial organization that works to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Durham County across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and neighborhood lines for the public good. Its primary goal is to take respectful, disciplined, collective action on concrete, winnable issues that transform their communities. CAN’s current agenda, formed with input of more than 2,500 people, includes negotiations with leaders from the public sector on affordable housing, jobs, and living wages. A grant of $10,000 will help CAN further its negotiations with the City, County, Durham Housing Authority, and large area employers. Funding will also strengthen CAN’s capacity to broaden its base by implementing listening sessions with at least 1,000 returning citizens, unemployed and underemployed Durham residents. This grant will ultimately result in the construction of at least 250 new units of affordable housing, and 150 new jobs.

In Their Words: State law prevents local governments from requiring private developers a certain percentage of affordable housing, but this doesn’t apply to public land. In 2015, Durham CAN identified two different parcels of publicly owned land suitable for the construction of affordable housing in the central corridor of the city (19 acres-Hayti/Fayette Place and 2 acres-Jackson St). The same year, CAN launched massive and simultaneous public negotiations with the Durham City and County governments and the Durham Housing Authority. As a result of these efforts, this year CAN leaders celebrated agreements with the City for the construction of 80 units of housing affordable to families at 60% AMI and below, with an investment in the Hayti community of $4.2 million dollars to reacquire 19 acres of land which will become future housing. CAN is currently negotiating that all jobs created by the development will benefit local residents, and pay a living wage.

Facebook: Durham CAN

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Durham Center for Senior Life

About: DCSL offers a comprehensive menu of social services purposely designed to help seniors age with independence, positive health, and vitality through a 31,000 square foot urban senior center, three community-based satellite centers, and medical and social adult day health services, which provide approximately 90 weekly educational and recreational activities. Approximately 250 seniors visit our centers each day to participate in physical fitness and social activities, educational programs, lunchtime meals, and social services. They reflect the incredible diversity of the region and live in both urban and rural communities. Four out of five older adults who participate in DCSL programs are seniors of color, the overwhelming majority of whom are African-American and long-term Durham County residents. Though center participants come from nearly every socio-economic background, most live on low or moderate incomes and are vulnerable to financial instability and threats to their housing, healthcare, and food security.

In Their Own Words: In 2006, Ms. Pat, now age 75, retired from a busy job as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and settled in Durham. As a new retiree, she was excited and ready to focus on herself and her health. One day, Pat stopped by Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) and has been coming here ever since, saying “I felt so welcomed from the minute I stepped foot in the Center.” At first, she couldn’t keep up with everyone else in the exercise classes. Ms. Pat stayed committed to improving her physical health, and now her doctor has reduced her medications significantly. Ms. Pat says that “The Center offers all the activities, leadership opportunities, and the community of friends I need to stay healthy, happy and focused,” and, “DCSL has become my family away from home. I can’t imagine growing older without my DCSL family.”

Facebook: Durham Seniors | Twitter: @dcslnc

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El Centro Hispano

About: El Centro Hispano is the largest Latino-led/Latino-serving organization in the State and has been working with and on behalf of the Latino community in Durham, Orange, and neighboring counties since 1992. Their mission is to strengthen the community, build bridges, and serve as advocates for equity and inclusion of Hispanics/Latinos in the Triangle area of North Carolina. ECH addresses the reduction of poverty by making advancements in Education, Economic Development, and Health & Well-being. Education focuses on 1) increasing school readiness, academic achievement, and college access; and 2) expanding adult literacy, English proficiency, elementary education, and job skills. Economic Development works to expand economic opportunities and financial capabilities of Latinos through work creation, workforce training, and financial counseling. Health and Well-being advancements address social determinants of health and disparities/gaps in service delivery. Interventions focus on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Access to Healthcare, and Community (Direct) Support Services.

In Their Own Words: One particular experience in addressing poverty through housing and employment comes from ECH’s Center of Employment and Leadership (CEL) through their work with Day Laborers. Two workers who arrived from Texas saw the CEL sign as they walked on the street toward “the corner” where most men are hired for day to day work. Unemployed and homeless, they asked staff about the organization and its services. Staff assisted them that day getting them into a local shelter and helped them look for work through the online database until one of them found work at a local Waffle House. He was found to be a good worker and was given permanent employment. This allowed him to leave the shelter and he now rents from a Latino family. He visits the center to update on his progress. He is now a supervisor at the Waffle House and sings Rancheras on his own time.

Facebook: el Centro Hispano NC | Twitter: @ElCentroHispano

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Fostering Youth Opportunities Collaborative

About: The Fostering Youth Opportunities (FYO) Collaborative is a partnership led by The Hope Center at Pullen, in partnership with Wake County Human Services, Wake Tech, EDSI: Tomorrow’s Leaders, Families Together, SAFEchild, Triangle Family Services, Interfaith Food Shuttle, SAYSO and Dress for Success. The FYO Collaborative works with and on behalf of young people aging out of foster care. Because they lack resources, foundational skills and social support, these young people are more likely to experience low high school graduation rates, long-term unemployment and homelessness. Building upon strategies, methods, and assessments developed with TCF funding, FYO uses an integrated service delivery model to defy the odds, break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and abuse, and create stability for young people transitioning to independence. A $10,000 grant will give young people access to (1) job-training programs; (2) personalized Transition Readiness Scale assessments, (3) support and guidance offered by trained caseworkers to meet educational goals, find and maintain safe housing, develop healthy living habits and heal emotionally from past trauma; and (4) positive parenting programs that work to create strong, nurturing families.

In Their Own Words: Jamie was placed in foster care at age eight. It was years before he had a stable placement. The FYO partners have been there for Jamie. Wake County Human Services hosted LINKS classes for young people in foster care, in conjunction with The Hope Center, where Jamie was introduced to the college application process and budgeting, and participated in three paid summer internships that allowed him to “thrive.” Having aged out, he now participates in FYO programs that help him feel like he’s not alone. He attends weekly life skills workshops and works with “an awesome transition specialist” who helped him overcome his anxiety about riding the bus, prevented him from being evicted, and is helping him budget and structure his life. Jamie is attending Wake Tech, where he has discovered his passion for psychology. He looks forward to continuing to work with the FYO partners to achieve his dreams.

Facebook: Hope Center at Pullen | Twitter: @HopeCtrPullen

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Johnson Service Corps

About: Johnson Service Corps brings young people to the Triangle and pairs them with nonprofits for work that benefits both the community and the Corps Members. JSC Partner Organizations are able to employ a staffer at a greatly reduced cost for their efforts addressing issues of literacy, the well-being of children and senior citizens, nutrition and food access, immigration, financial policy, and mental illness. The Corps Members, meanwhile, live in intentional communities, receiving training in equity, justice, and leadership. They are also encouraged to become active members in their neighborhoods and to explore ways they can participate in the broader life of the Triangle. Through this cooperative model of action and engagement, Johnson Service Corps is building better communities now and better community leaders next. A $10,000 grant helps JSC to bridge the gap between the fees paid by Partner Organizations and the actual cost of the Corps Members’ service year.

In Their Own Words: Corps Members and alumni of the Johnson Service Corps speak of their experiences in terms of growth for themselves and their communities. “It’s more than a year of service. You get to work with a nonprofit organization, but you’re also building upon yourself. You get to become the best form of you.” “We are able to take what we learn in Servant Leadership class and put it to use in our placement. I can take the idea of sharing power with a group of people instead of power over and put it to work in the area of affordable housing.” “Honestly, at the heart of it, it’s just about teaching people how to be good human beings.” And from the leader of one of JSC’s Partner Organizations: “The central premise of what they are doing is learning to live intentionally, impactfully in their community for their entire lives.”

Facebook: Johnson Service Corps | Twitter: @JohnsonServCo

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LIFE Skills Foundation

About: LIFE Skills Foundation helps youth in transition overcome barriers and become successful adults. The organization serves youth ages 15-24 facing a wide range of challenges including homelessness, poverty, trauma/mental health issues, court-involvement and/or substance use. Many LIFE Skills clients have aged out of foster care, and with nowhere to turn, feel isolated and vulnerable. LIFE Skills has been successful doing this work in conjunction with more than 20 community partners including Durham DSS, Durham Public Schools, Made in Durham and a wide range of service providers. To that end, LIFE Skills has spearheaded creation of the HUB, a space where service providers will offer direct assistance to transition age youth. A grant of $10,000 will further our ability to engage youth and service providers in developing a space where young people can get a meal, speak with a social worker, access education and feel safe and supported.

In Their Own Words: When Andrew first came to LIFE Skills, he had just aged out of foster care. He had lost his mother, and lacked other familial supports. While in foster care, he never had the chance to learn independent living skills like cooking, shopping, budgeting and self-care. He was overwhelmed and depressed. In his own time, Andrew connected with the staff and clients at LIFE Skills. He also started budgeting, cooking and taking better care of himself and his apartment. When he was ready, LIFE Skills placed him in an IT internship in partnership with Durham County. The internship lead to a permanent job, an apartment, a car and plans for more education. Now successful and independent, Andrew has just joined the LIFE Skills Board of Directors where he will help the organization keep growing and improving. The HUB will provide more transition age youth with opportunities to thrive like Andrew.

Facebook: Life Skills Found | Twitter: @lifeskillsfound

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Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT)

About: RTT believes everyone should enjoy a safe, healthy place to live. This means that the home they live in, the places they gather with their community and the surrounding environment should all be structured to support them in living safe, healthy lives. RTT exists to make communities safe, healthy places to live, and this work starts in the homes of the low-income, elderly, disabled and other vulnerable families and individuals. Through making repairs, modifications and improvements to these homes and community spaces, RTT ensures these spaces promote and improve the lives of these families by changing the home environment to “fit” their unique health and safety concerns. A $10,000 investment would enable us to improve our IT infrastructure by completing a transition to Salesforce to manage client, donor and volunteer data more efficiently.

In Their Own Words: When Miguel and his wife were finally able to buy their first home to enjoy with their six young children, they thought it was a dream come true. That dream turned into a nightmare, however, when a routine test at school showed that several of their children had been exposed to high levels of toxic lead paint, which was subsequently discovered throughout their home. RTT was contacted, and quickly mobilized support from four different funding partners, then developed a plan and timeline to address the lead hazards systematically and make the home safe again. RTT worked closely with the family and the county health department to remove and safely contain the lead hazards, and help the family understand how to manage future risks that could be present behind walls. The home is now free of lead hazards, and the family can safely resume a normal life in their forever home.

Facebook: RT Triangle | Twitter: @RToftheTriangle

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SEEDS

About: SEEDS is a nonprofit organization with a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom that aspires to develop the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food. Developing the capacity of young people includes responsibility, teamwork, leadership, environmental stewardship, equity, community, problem solving, and experiential learning. Our whole-child educational programming incorporates growing, cooking, and sharing food to help young people become resourceful and confident individuals with the capacity and commitment to be future leaders in their workplaces, their families, and their communities. A $10,000 grant would allow SEEDS to provide necessary scholarships to youth in the community to attend after school and summer programming. Additionally, the funds would assist in maintaining a garden oasis that provides fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for SEEDS’ surrounding neighbors at no cost.

In Their Own Words: SEEDS is a nonprofit founded on the principles of respect for life, the Earth, and each other. Throughout the 24 year history of SEEDS, impact has been seen on small and large scales. One of the proudest SEEDS’ “success stories” is a young woman who took part in the Durham Inner-city Gardeners program while in high school. She has since graduated from college, obtained a full time job with the Department of Agriculture, and is in the process of applying for graduate school to become a future leader. SEEDS prides itself on instilling a love of each other and drive for social justice through understanding our connection to the Earth and each other. The most inspiring aspect of this story is hearing the young woman speak of the community of support she has gained through her time here with SEEDS.

Facebook: SEEDSnc | Twitter: SEEDSnc

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Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF)

About: For 25 years, Student Action with Farmworkers has been working with young people to improve the lives of farmworkers. SAF addresses the health, housing, and employment concerns that farmworkers face, while supporting the education of farmworker children and youth. Nearly half of farmworker families are food insecure and the majority earn less than $17,000 annually. Because the needs of farmworkers are both acute and systemic, SAF uses both a short and long-term approach to make change. SAF college students conduct outreach to farmworkers in their homes to welcome them to their new communities and link them to bilingual healthcare, legal services, and other resources. SAF trains students to advocate for better employment and housing laws that protect workers, and supports migrant students to move out of farm work. SAF educates students about farmworkers’ contributions so that there can be a base of support for farmworkers and their families.

In Their Own Words: “From five in the morning until three in the afternoon, I picked grapes for a dollar per bucket…the weight of the bucket was extreme for me; an 11-year old girl…My family’s hardships inspired me to continue my education so that I can be in a better position to help farmworkers. As I pursue my B.S. in Nursing, I aspire to work in a clinic specializing in serving farmworkers and their families,” said Liliana, a SAF intern. Although child labor has been outlawed in most industries, agriculture is an exception as children are permitted to do dangerous work at a young age. Farmworker children have a high dropout rate as they balance work and school. Leadership development for farmworker children is at the core of SAF’s work. SAF provides paid internships, scholarships, and assistance to complete high school and explore higher education so farmworker children can help move their families out of poverty.

Facebook: Student Action with Farmworkers | Twitter: @safistas

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Threshold Inc

About: Threshold’s mission is to improve the quality of life for adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Durham by providing vocational, educational, social, and recreational opportunities to members. Threshold predominately serves residents of East Durham who qualify for Medicaid and have limited financial and social resources. Each day, Threshold serves more than 45 adults and has served more than 450 Durham County residents since 1985. A grant of $10,000 will provide critical resources to accomplish program goals that include: 100% employment for members seeking meaningful jobs and job experiences; daily opportunities for members to develop life skills and independent living skills in Threshold’s on-site prevocational program, daily access to healthy meals at the subsidized cost of $1.00, and evening and weekend programming that provides members with opportunities to participate in arts and entertainment activities that include free meals and the opportunity to cultivate meaningful friendships while minimizing social isolation.

In Their Own Words: Each year, Threshold promotes the value and worth of the lives of its members by creating opportunities for them to thrive. When Michael (not his real name), arrived at Threshold, he had not worked in over two decades. The symptoms that he experienced due to his severe depression were heightened by low self-esteem as a result of being chronically unemployed, unable to find affordable housing, and without any social support. Michael participated in a job placement through Threshold’s Transitional Employment program where daily transportation to and from work; on-site training; and daily job supports ensured his long-term success. In addition, Threshold staff facilitated a housing placement for Michael. Currently Michael reports feeling valued for his ability to succeed in the workplace. He states that the ability to attend Threshold 7 days a week helps him to minimize his tendency to isolate and consequently he experiences fewer symptoms of depression.

Facebook: Threshold Clubhouse | Twitter: @ThresholdNC

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UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative

About: The UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative helps refugees who are resettled in the Triangle Area to become healthy, successful, and fully integrated members of their communities by partnering with refugee resettlement agencies, primary care providers, and other refugee-serving organizations to integrate mental health screening and treatment services into the resettlement process. The Initiative also aims to establish a model for addressing refugees’ mental health needs that can be disseminated throughout North Carolina and the United States by training refugee service providers to recognize and respond appropriately to refugees’ mental health needs, and by building and supporting the capacity of other community service providers to serve refugees. Language barriers prevent many refugees from accessing much needed mental health and supportive services; a grant of $10,000 will pay for professional interpreters who can assist with mental health screenings, individual therapy, support groups, and case management services.

In Their Own Words: The UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative offers Community Adjustment Support Groups to help refugees cope with the stress of adjusting to life in a new country. When newly arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo participated in a support group in 2015, they worked with group facilitators to identify barriers to finding employment and maintaining safe, affordable housing. They also realized their own potential to work together to find solutions to these problems. With the help of the UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative, members of the group formed their own nonprofit organization – The Raleigh Immigrant Community – and applied for federal funding that now supports their employment services programs for immigrants throughout the Triangle.

Facebook: UNC Refuge Wellness

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White Oak Foundation, Inc.

About: The White Oak Foundation provides a “Continuum of Care” that serves and empowers men, women, children, and the elderly. Its community outreach is extensive and personalized to meet the varied needs of low- and moderate-income individuals and families. In partnership with a group of dedicated volunteers and service providers, the Foundation cares for ”the total person” through a network of wrap-around services including: food distribution; crisis management; health & wellness; housing foreclosure prevention; budget counseling; energy assistance; Senior nutrition; youth educational summer camp; and the Kids’ “Back-Pack Buddy” Program. While food provides sustenance for a time, the Foundation believes that Education and Opportunity will provide sustenance for all time. In 2016, they fed 34,853 people. A grant of $10,000 would enable further strengthening and enhancement of their “Continuum of Care” by instituting new educational initiatives (Certification Classes, ESL, and skills re-training) to enable transition from low-wage jobs to careers and self-sufficiency.

In Their Own Words: It was a cold Saturday morning in January and the sun had not yet risen as the Foundation volunteers began to arrive at White Oak to set up for their bi-annual Health & Wellness event. No one knew the man and woman sitting in a truck in space set aside for the mobile mammography unit. Somewhat apprehensively, they approached the vehicle and asked the gentleman to move his truck. In broken English, he replied “teef.” His eyes were misting. He was in pain. Someone told him that White Oak was having a dental clinic and might be able to help. He did not have an appointment for service; but, the volunteer professionals and staff tended his aching tooth and provided cleaning services for his mother. They left smiling, pain-free, and with their dignity intact. The White Oak Foundation is “caring for the most vulnerable amongst us.”

Facebook: White Oak Foundation Inc. | Twitter: @WhiteOakFound

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Women’s Center of Wake County

About: The Women’s Center of Wake County works to prevent and end homelessness for women and their families in partnership with individuals, agencies and organizations throughout our community; envisioning a community in which all women and their families thrive in safe and stable homes.
As a day shelter, the WCWC is a portal of entry and safe haven for homeless women. They provide a comprehensive pre-housing program beginning with a trauma sensitive welcoming safe environment and engaging stabilizing counseling. Services are low barrier and easy access; including basic needs (food, clothes, hygiene, bus tickets etc.), document acquisition (IDs, birth certificates, etc.), linkage to supportive services (behavioral health, primary health, employment etc.), and safer shelter placement. A grant of $10,000 would help cover the costs of transportation (bus tickets, cab fares), costs of replacement documents, medication assistance, motel stays for medical respite and pre-housing expenses (applications fees, etc.); with all services provided by well trained staff.

In Their Own Words: Ms. C is a 61 year-old woman with life-long complex PTSD, Level 4 COPD, and recurring homelessness due to poor money management. She arrived with a walker and oxygen at the WCWC after hospitalization for pneumonia. She had no family support, money, or place to stay. Due to her trauma, mobility limitations, and fragile health, shelters could not accommodate her. Through pre-housing services, Ms. C was provided crisis counseling, transportation assistance to medical appointments, obtained a representative payee, maintained her medications, and was assisted in locating a permanent housing situation. Due to her health, the WCWC assisted her with a short term motel setting with palliative care while permanent housing was obtained. Today she is happily living with a friend. Her bills are paid, she is getting the health care that she needs and has reconnected with her family. Her greatest joy is being able to see her grandchildren.

Facebook: Women’s Center of Wake County

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Past Initiatives

Innovation Award: 2017

Total raised from generous donors: $24,000| Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $49,000. Five finalists competed for the 2017 Innovation Award, with Bridge Builders winning the $25,000 grant.

Durham Waste Revolution | Preservation Equity | UpCycle to Break the Cycle | Chatham Senior Games Training Program | Bridge Builders

Community Development: 2016

Total raised from generous donors: $41,550 | Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $86,050

This funding was granted to ten of our past community development partners – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Inc. | Compass Center for Women and Families | Community Empowerment Fund | Dress for Success Triangle | Durham Economic Resource Center | Families Moving Forward (previously Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network and Genesis Home) | Farmworker Advocacy Network (led by Student Action with Farmworkers) | Passage Home, Inc. |Rapid Rehousing Collaborative (Led by Housing for New Hope in partnership with Durham’s Partnership for Children, Families Moving Forward, and Urban Ministries of Durham)  | Triangle Family Services

Youth Literacy: 2016

Total raised from generous donors: $45,000 | Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $90,000

This funding was granted to nine of our past youth literacy partners – Book Harvest | Communities In Schools of Wake County | The Hill Center | Kidznotes | Learning Together | Marbles Kids Museum | Read and Feed | WakeEd Partnership | YMCA of the Triangle