Photography by Gar Travis © / www.garphoto.com
12, Area 3
During Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Zonta Club of Denver awarded $32,700 in grants to the following community organizations:
The Gathering Place (TGP) is Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. Zonta’s $9,000 grant supported the replacement of aging household-grade washers and dryers with commercial-grade machines. Over 480 loads of laundry were previously done every month, but with this new equipment, the number of laundry appointments available will increase dramatically: “our members can do as much as three times the laundry they did in the old machines,” said Mendy Evans, Grants Manager for TGP. “This helps on practical levels, like increasing members’ basic hygiene, wellness, and success with finding and keeping jobs. It also helps on subtle levels, like helping members feel better and increasing their self-respect.”
Founded in 1992, The Haven was one of the first programs in Colorado to accept infants into residence while their mothers received substance abuse treatment, keeping children out of the foster care system. The Haven operates two residential facilities on the Fort Logan campus in Denver, CO, and provides evidence-based, gender-specific programming. The purpose of this $7,000 grant is to improve the health and wellness of Haven clients by helping to fund a smoking cessation program that will be integrated into the substance abuse treatment program. Clients will also be encouraged to participate with Colorado Quit Line. The objective is to offer 100% of clients smoking cessation support and counseling.
Women Veterans of Colorado (WVOC) is an all volunteer, non-membership organization whose vision is to have all women veterans in Colorado realize their full potential. WVOC’s mission focuses on educating and inspiring military women veterans. The purpose of Zonta’s $1,700 grant is to redecorate and supply (with bedding, lamps, etc.) three rooms located at the Colorado Branch Volunteers of America’s Brandon Center. an emergency women’s shelter with dedicated beds/rooms for homeless and at-risk women veterans.
Family Tree helps people overcome child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness to become safe, strong, and self-reliant. It provides emergency shelter and services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. The $10,000 grant from Zonta will be support the on-site health clinic and help survivors pay for prescription drugs for themselves and their children.
During Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Zonta Club of Denver awarded $35,000 in grants to the following community organizations:
The Center for Spirituality at Work (The Center) is an educational, community-based nonprofit organization. Its mission is to unite diverse people for spiritual transformation and social justice. Its primary strategy for effecting change puts the emphasis on mutually transformative relationships that engage people on the margins together with people of privilege in a shared project. The club gave a grant of $10,000 to The Center’s Making Choices program. Women in prison and during re-entry are among the most neglected members of our society. Making Choices is a mentoring program that fosters the development of decision-making and life skills. Volunteer mentors are business and professional women who receive training and ongoing support in their important coaching role with women who are incarcerated or recently released. Beyond basic decision-making skills, the Making Choices program encourages personal responsibility, stronger families, social engagement and leadership development. Mentors and former offenders work together on public education programs and advocacy efforts. The impact of Making Choices is demonstrated in the 92% of graduates who have re-entered the community successfully, as gainfully employed and contributing members of society.
Hands of The Carpenter (Hands) is a faith-based nonprofit that serves single mothers and widows in need by providing automobile repair and maintenance in an effort to relieve the enormous financial burden and related distress that automobile repair puts on this population and their opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. For each woman Hands serves, the need for automobile repair is immediate. Without it, she can lose her job. Without a job, she can lose her home. And suddenly, a seemingly simple repair can lead to homelessness. The Zonta Club of Denver grant of $6,000 will help at least one woman to avoid that downward spiral.
Hands operates alongside Hands Automotive in a social enterprise environment to provide sustainability. Hands Automotive is a full-service repair facility—open to the public—that uses all of the resources it generates to further support the women Hands serves.
Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) is dedicated to the survival and safety of Colorado's people with disabilities and their children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, caregiver abuse, elder abuse and stalking. It provides advocacy, case management, direct services, information and referrals, support, safety planning, and other safety-related services. Zonta awarded a $10,000 grant to DVI.
DVI was founded in 1985 by the late Laura Hershey and Executive Director Sharon Hickman. Ms. Hickman identified women with disabilities as a group of people that had no visibility or support in the community. She found that the number one concern for these women was their vulnerability to violence.
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) provides resources and support in the Denver area to victims of human trafficking. COVA has a demonstrated history of providing services for a broad range of human trafficking victims. Due to the complexity and continuously changing needs of the victims, COVA either provides primary case management or coordinated case management with other programs, depending on what is best for the individual client. Its program provides case management services for victims of trafficking - domestic and international victims; adults and minors; sex and labor trafficking. The grant of $9,000 from Zonta Club of Denver will assist in meeting the financial needs of up to seven women and girls to create self-sufficient lives free from exploitation for whom there are no other resources available.
During Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Zonta Club of Denver awarded more than $31,000 in grants to the following community organizations:
Open Door Ministries (Still Waters Housing)
Friends of the Haven
The Delores Project (Steps to Stability Program)
Hands of the Carpenter
During Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Zonta Club of Denver awarded more than $30,000 in grants to the following community organizations:
COVA (Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance)
Friends of the Haven
Open Door Ministries (Still Waters Housing)
During Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Zonta Club of Denver awarded a total of $31,000 in grants to the following community organizations:
Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver – The $7,000 grant will enhance Girls Inc.’s Education Enrichment Program (EEP) and 30% program expansion to reach an additional 200 girls annually. Their programs impacted 2,098 girls in FY2012. The EEP is a cluster of after-school and all day summer programs designed to enhance girls’ knowledge and skills. The program supports Girls Inc.’s mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. This is reflected in their Girls’ Bill of Rights.
Work Options for Women (WOW) – Zonta awarded $7,000 to Work Options for Women, or WOW, a culinary job-training program that offers a combination of culinary skills instruction, hands-on skills practice, soft skills training and individualized case management and support. The organization also helps women with developmental disabilities, mental health or substance abuse issues; some also have criminal records. In 2012, WOW had 120 women in their program; 50 of those students currently have jobs. Zonta’s grant will e used for textbooks and an instructor for a kitchen math course.
The Delores Project (TDP) – $5,000 was awarded to The Delores Project, an overnight shelter near downtown Denver for adult unaccompanied women. The grant will help to fund the Steps to Stability program, offering long-term safe, secure shelter together with individualized services to move women from day-to-day crisis mode to greater stability and independence. During the first six months of 2012, 50 women participated in this program. Grant reports.
Open Door Ministries – Open Door began in 1997 as a grassroots, non-denominational church trying to meet the needs of the community, specifically, the homeless. Women are referred to Open Door Ministries’ Still Waters Housing Program by other shelters or use of the United Way 211 line. There are three houses in the complex – two are occupied by unaccompanied women and one is for women with children three years and younger. Zonta’s grant of $4,000 will be used to help women in the program to purchase books, supplies and bus passes so they can pursue a college or vocational education.
Friends of the Haven – Zonta donated $8,000 to Friends of the Haven to support The Haven program at Ft. Logan. The Haven provides an environment where women, including pregnant women and women with young children, can recover from addiction and co-occurring disorders to become self-sufficient, confident and productive members of the community. They have a 65- bed facility and fully integrated, on-site vocational and GED programs. The program accepts infants into residence while their mothers are treated. All women are referred by the criminal justice system or face jail time. The average stay at The Haven is 12-18 months. The Zonta grant will purchase six computers and provide Microsoft Office: 2010 training with a qualified trainer to 20 women to begin with, then increase to 40 women. Grant report.
During Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Zonta Club of Denver awarded a total of $27,000 in grants to the following community organizations:
During Fiscal Year 2010/2011 Zonta Club of Denver awarded grants to the following community organizations.
During the Fiscal Year 2009/2010 Zonta Club of Denver awarded grants to the following community organizations in the Denver area.
Send mail to Webmaster@zonta-denver.org with questions or comments about this web site.