The purpose of the Community Assistance Fund is to respond to the short-term needs of non-profit agencies headquartered in Beaumont, Texas.
2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants Awarded
Twice each year the Junior League of Beaumont offers a Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grant for non-profits in the community to apply. It is one of the many ways in which the Junior League of Beaumont gives back to the community.
In the 2018/2019 fiscal year, The Junior League of Beaumont was thrilled to able to award $41,213.55 in funds to be utilized by the following organization that do great things to assist our community and the people within it.
Christus Health Foundation of Southeast Texas – Every year, 3,500 babies in the U.S. dies from SIDS or other sleep related injuries. In an effort to promote safe infant sleeping, Christus Health Foundation of Southeast Texas is offering Pack N Plays for families in need and who meet eligibility requirements. The Junior League of Beaumont is happy to assist in providing funds in the amount of $2,500 for the purchase of Pack N Plays to ensure infants are provided a safe place to sleep.
Marshall Middle School – STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) concepts are best taught through doing. Marshall Middle School offers a Makerspace for their middle school students, allowing them to have an educational experience that will promote innovative and analytical thinkers. The Junior League of Beaumont is ecstatic to be a part of this pilot program by providing $1,800 for 3D printers to enhance the educational experience.
Spindletop Center – Spindletop Center is a non-profit healthcare organization specializing in behavioral healthcare, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders for each stage of life. With their Supportive Housing Program, Spindletop Center assist individuals who are homeless or imminently homeless in providing safe housing. The Junior League of Beaumont welcomes individuals in their new homes by provide $2,500 in funding for the purchase of move-in kits.
United Board of Missions – In 2017, United Board of Missions assisted over 9,356 individuals in the Beaumont and Port Arthur communities. Since 1973, they have provided food to the elderly and disabled with their Meals on Wheels Program. The Junior League of Beaumont is pleased to be able to assist the United Board of Missions in their efforts by offering $1,500 for the purchase of food items.
Young Americans Overseas – Since 2014, Young Americans Overseas has offered housing and other services to veterans in need. Young Americans Overseas gives support to veterans returning home from serving our country and need assistance in re-launching into the community. Their housing complex sustained damage during Harvey and volunteers are working hard to complete repairs. The Junior League of Beaumont is proud to be able to offer $2,000 in funds to purchase wall heaters in the housing complex.
Reaud Guest House – This organization provides low-cost accommodations for out-of-town families whose loved ones are receiving care at local medical facilities, as well as offering accommodations to patients undergoing outpatient procedures at local outpatient treatment facilities. Reaud Guest House was in need of replacement bedspreads for their guest rooms and was awarded $3,239.51. You can find more on this organization at http://reaudguesthouse.org/.
Stable Spirit – As a nonprofit organization providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to youth and adults with special needs, this organization is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. The Junior League of Beaumont was able to award Stable Spirit $980 to assist in replacing furniture that was lost. To learn more of the services provided by this organization, please visit http://www.stable-spirit.org/home.php.
Anayat House – A guesthouse providing overnight accommodations for family members of patients at local hospitals; especially those in need at in intensive care units, with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, and individuals with out-patient service needs. The League assisted this organization by awarding $533.41 to replenish supply of rack cards that are distributed in medical clinics and outpatient facilities to explain their services. More information about this organization can be found at http://anayathouse.org/.
Nutrition & Services for Seniors – Servicing seniors in Hardin and Jefferson Counties, Nutrition & Services for Seniors provides congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation, nutritional education, referrals and socialization to allow for greater independence and aid in overall wellbeing for seniors. The League was able to award funds of $1,810.45 to replace an electric serving counter that is essential in the daily distribution of meals provided to clients. For more information, visit the organization’s website at https://www.seniormeals.org.
The H.O.W. Center – As a sober-living facility for adult men, The H.O.W. Center offers a safe and structured living environment for individuals recovering from addiction while they gain the skills they need to live independently and successfully. The League has assisted this organization in providing $1,410 to replace mattresses within their facility. More information regarding this organization can be found at https://thehowcenter.org/.
Family Help Systems – This organization offers a 1-day Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) camp, intended to expose youth of the incarcerated, housing units, and those under-exposed to the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The League is proud to assist this event by awarding $1,000 for the purchase of supplies. To register for the camp, or learn more about Family Help Systems, please visit http://familyhelpsystems.org/.
Land Manor – Servicing Jefferson, Hardin and Orange Counties, this organization operates three residential/outpatient substance abuse treatment programs and one prevention/intervention/outreach HIV program for adults and adolescents. The League is able to support this organization in their efforts by awarding Land Manor $1,500 to assist in furnishing their adolescent residential treatment facility. More information on this organization can be found at http://www.landmanor.org/.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Southeast Texas – The mission of this organization is to recruit, train and supervise community volunteers, appointed by the courts, to advocate for abused and neglected children in Southeast Texas, in pursuit of safe and permanent housing. The League was able to assist CASA in their mission and award $1,506.50 to purchase a refrigerator used for faculty, as well as trainings and other programs offered. More information on his organization can be found at http://www.casasetx.org/.
Southeast Texas Family Resource Center – This organization provides a variety of services for children and families in the Beaumont community, including after school and summer educational enrichment, computer literacy instruction, parent education, food distribution and resource referral. The Junior League of Beaumont is happy to assist SETX Family Resource Center in awarding $1,000.00 for the purchase of a freezer and two microwaves that provides meals for children in their program.
RISE – An organization devoted to assisting those in the community with disabilities, RISE offers a variety of services, including advocacy, assistive technology, housing and home modification services, independent living skills, referral services, peer counseling and support and community transition. The League is happy to award RISE $2,000.00 for the purchase of grab bars to be installed in the homes of elderly and disabled for safety purposes. More information on this organization can be found at https://risecil.org/.
Shorkey Center – This organization offers comprehensive services to meet the needs of children. Services include physical and occupational rehabilitation, behavioral services, speech services, diagnostic evaluations, direct educational services, and parent education. The Junior League of Beaumont is proud to be able to award the Shorkey Center with $6,733.68 for the organization to purchase updated computers to further their efforts. More information about this organization can be found at http://www.shorkey.org/.
Hope Women’s Resource Center – An organization that assists women and families with unplanned pregnancies, offering with medical services, counseling and education. The League is awarding $9,200 for the repair of restroom facilities to assist Hope Women’s Resource Center in expanding their services. To learn more about this organization, visit https://www.hope-clinic.com/
In Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, the Junior League of Beaumont will again be awarding grants to qualifying organizations in the community. If you are interested or know of an organization that would benefit, please contact the CAF Grant Chair, Nicole MacCallum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-813-9282.
The CAF Grant Committee would like to thank all those involved in making these contributions to the community possible and the recognize the efforts of our League members and Community members who give their time and resources to build a better community in which to live.