Napa Valley Wine Auction Awards Additional $571,800 In Grants To Support Youth Development And Health Services In Napa County
12/18/2003 - St. Helena, CA, - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has approved and awarded six additional grants to local nonprofit organizations in Napa County, with monies generated by the 2003 Napa Valley Wine Auction (NVWA).
In the spirit of the season, NVV President Clay Gregory awarded the grants in a special ceremony at the Association's annual holiday luncheon held Tuesday, December 16 at COPIA.
"The timing of these grant approvals could not be better," said Gregory. "In the spirit of giving, we're pleased to be able to continue our active support for Napa County's youth and health programs with six very special 'holiday gifts.'"
Four of the grants have been awarded to youth development programs, totaling $305,000. Two additional grants were awarded to special programs developed by Hospice of Napa Valley, Inc. and Community Resources for Children. Details of all six grants are outlined below.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT - $305,000
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa - Home Base Program, $80,000
Home Base provides affordable transitional housing for homeless youth, ages 18 to 24. Housing is provided for approximately 18 months during which time participants are assisted in obtaining education, job training and employment counseling. Grant funds will go toward program support.
Child Start, Inc., - Fatherhood Project, $60,000
In 2002, Child Start was awarded federal funds for a 12-month Fatherhood Initiative Grant to develop a program to strengthen the parental and primary educator role of the father; increase fatherhood participation and leadership; and, strengthen the emotional bond between father and child by providing opportunities for time together. In program year 2002/2003, the Fatherhood Project served 233 fathers and in 2003/2004, with the combination of money from the First Five Commission and this grant award, the Fatherhood project hopes to serve 466 fathers. Grant funds will go toward program support.
Child Start, Inc., - Therapeutic Child Care Center, $90,000
The Therapeutic Child Care Center (TCCC), which began operation in July 2003, was founded to provide quality environmental settings for children of high-risk families undergoing treatment at the Health and Human Services campus. The TCCC provides childcare and intensive intervention and prevention services for children. The Center also allows parents to interact with their children during the day and incorporate parenting skills. The population served includes women in recovery programs; mothers and fathers in other addiction recovery programs and mental health treatment programs; children and families impacted by family violence, abuse, or neglect; and, children expelled from childcare due to behavioral issues. Grant funds will go toward program support.
CyberMill, Inc., $75,000
Established in 1999, CyberMill provides youth with opportunities to learn the digital/computer skills they will need to compete in the employment field; helps them develop social skills; and, fosters working relationships among youth, adults and seniors. CyberMill has the potential to become the primary coordinator of after-school computer-based activities at other youth serving non-profit agencies. In addition, CyberMill creates environments where youth can explore their own ideas, develop skills and build confidence. Grant funds will go toward program support.
Hospice of Napa Valley, Inc., $250,000
Hospice of Napa Valley is the only community based non-profit organization that provides health services for the terminally and chronically ill. Hospice of Napa Valley is comprised of Adult Day Services, which provides treatment for chronic illness and many types of conditions including severe case Alzheimer's disease; Garden Haven Adult Day Center, treating patients with early stages of Alzheimer's; and, Hospice of Napa Valley serving the terminally ill. While this integration of services makes sense, it has posed severe space constraints for these programs. To address this challenge, Hospice is moving forward with its plans to construct a new building. Building plans are in the final stages of approval with the City of Napa and a capital campaign is underway. Grant funds will go toward capital costs for the new building.
Community Resources for Children, $16,800
In conjunction with the Child Care Planning Council, Community Resources for Children submitted a grant request to provide support for the Everyone's Business Coalition - a coalition of business, government and community leaders working to bring affordable, sustainable and quality child development resources to Napa County. In this county, 62% of children from birth through 13 years of age live in households with two employed parents or an employed single parent head of household. To address the need for childcare in this community, the Everyone's Business Coalition was formed to promote childcare education and development, not merely as a social service but as an essential community infrastructure. To develop strategies, the coalition will first complete a thorough assessment of current and projected needs. Grant funds will go toward a needs assessment and start up administrative costs.