On December 9, Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced that it would support us with a significant program grant, as we continue to build and improve our Dann’s House program. This major gift is the first of three years of funding that we can expect to receive, assuming that meet expected benchmarks in our program.
Rotary Charities has previously supported our efforts with support for Board development and strategic planning, especially as the planning pertains to communications and fundraising. Their continuing support has enabled us to advance the Dann’s House project from concept to implementation much more quickly that we might have otherwise.
The United Way of Northwest Michigan awarded a $16,000 grant to support the Dann’s House program. The purpose of the funds is to subsidize some rent and hire a Program Director to oversee the project, with the long-term goal of expanding the project to accommodate more residents.
Our program was selected based on the specific recommendations of the community volunteer Citizen Action Team who reviewed the competing applications and participated in each of the interviews. The Team recommendations were reviewed for allocation and unanimously ratified at United Way’s Board of Directors.
Traverse City’s Human Rights Commission announced that StonesHouse Board Chair, Jane Hayes, is the recipient of this year’s Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. Jane was chosen for her dedication to supporting education on all levels and specifically for “furthering the ideals of equality and diversity for all individuals, including the disadvantaged and disabled.” We certainly value her dedication to our efforts to improve the lives of our clients. .
The award was presented at the City Commission meeting on Monday, March 17th. A celebration in her honor preceded the award.
The City’s press release stated:
This year’s recipient has made a positive impact on our community and is especially deserving of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award.
To read the entire press release, including a list of past honorees, click here.
The purpose of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission is to “foster mutual understanding and respect among all groups and discourage discriminatory practices, formulate and carry out programs of community education and information, receive and act as conciliator regarding occurrences of acts of prejudice or discrimination, and secure the cooperation of various community groups in educational campaigns devoted to eliminating prejudice and discrimination.”
The Michigan Department of Community Health awarded StonesHouse $35,000 for the Dann’s House project. The award was made under the State’s Health Innovations Grant program.
The Health Innovation Grants are intended to stimulate creativity and allow for ability to bridge the gap between creative, collaborative ideas and their implementation. Michigan has a broad number of community health priorities that must be addressed creatively to shape the future health of Michigan’s citizens. For fiscal year 2014 fifty grants were awarded for a total more than $1 million.
To read a list of all of the grant recipients, click here.