Latest Resident Support
For the second grant period of 2018-2019 we approved 63 grants, and that makes a total of 107 grants year to date. For this period, thirty-one of these grants are focused on health & wellness, thirty grants are focused on education, and four grants are focused on community building initiatives. Highlights include summer walking clubs for seniors, several onsite summer programs for kids, and over 1,400 backpack and school supplies kits to help make sure Horizon kids are ready to start the new school year.
At the conclusion of this year’s summer camp sponsorship program, Horizon ended up supporting 39 kids in their summer camp experiences. Some of the camps that kids attended included Boys & Girls Clubs and regional YMCA camps, and nearly all of the camps contained a strong educational component to help kids continue their learning throughout the summer.
Currently there are 20 active Horizon Scholarship recipients. Sixteen of these are college scholarships, one is a high school scholarship to Cardinal Ritter, and three are elementary school scholarships to Most Holy Trinity.
Partnering for Mobile Service Delivery
New partnerships are using customized buses to bring their services directly to families at Horizon properties. This strategy can remove the barriers of time and transportation that many families face, and also helps us to reach properties that historically have been more difficult to serve. In Atlanta, Make a Child Smile’s dental bus has served kids at Providence at Cascade and Flipper Temple with preventative dental services. Similarly in St. Louis, We Care Mobile Dental will be visiting several senior properties in the coming months. Finally, the Bring Me A Book book bus has helped over 60 kids at two St. Louis area properties to start their own libraries at home. The book bus currently is scheduled to visit one more property this month and one property in October.
In the Pipeline
- Horizon staff will be attending the Oklahoma Coalition for Affordable Housing conference in Oklahoma City this month, as well as the Colorado Affordable Housing Conference in October.
- Horizon staff will be attending the Show-Me Summit on Aging and Health in September, to continue to learn best practices and new ideas of how to serve our older residents.
- Our next grant cycle will begin on November 15th, and will be the third (and final) grant period of our 2018-2019 fiscal year.