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District 12, Area 3
Charter No. 42-1927

During Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Zonta Club of Denver awarded $32,700 in grants to the following community organizations:

The Gathering Place

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.”

Friends of the Haven

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

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

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.

Dance 2B Free

Dance 2B Free (D2BF) brings the healing power of dance to women in prison. Through its DVD and Teacher-Training program, D2BF uses cathartic choreography and emotional music with women serving short- and long-term sentences. Its classes address needs for movement and fitness, trauma recovery, leadership, and community building. Through the teacher-training curriculum, D2BF also provides women with healthy lifestyle choices and tangible skills while they remain in prison and when they re-enter their communities. Zonta’s grant of $5,000 will support Dance 2B Free in refining and further developing its dance classes and teacher training certification program for women who are incarcerated at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.

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)
The Still Waters Housing program is part of Open Door Ministries, a nonprofit Christian community development organization created in 1997. Open Door provides practical help and hope to people who are homeless, in danger of becoming homeless, and in post-imprisonment transition. Still Waters Housing aims to offer real hope and life-change solutions that go far beyond a place to sleep or a single meal. The target population is homeless women who realize their need for practical help in getting out of negative situations (such as abuse, addictions or prostitution) and are ready to make changes in order to better their circumstances and their lives in general. The $10,000 grant to Open Door Ministries will help women in the Still Waters Housing program pursue a college education by paying expenses for courses, books, supplies, rent and child care.

Friends of the Haven
The Haven is a 65-bed Modified Therapeutic Community for women, mothers, and their infants. Licensed by the Colorado Department of Behavioral Health, the program offers long-term, intensive treatment for clients with addictions. Clients are referred from the Department of Human Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the criminal justice system, homeless shelters, friends and family members, or through self-referral. The grant of $4,880 will fund a weekly exercise program delivered by Southwest Denver YMCA. This program will provide a release from the stressful treatment regimen, help the women identify healthier ways to cope with stress and enjoy their leisure time other than drug use, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety common among The Haven client population.

The Delores Project (Steps to Stability Program)
The mission of The Delores Project is to provide safe, comfortable shelter and individualized services to unaccompanied women experiencing homeless. The Delores Project fills a critical community need, as there are not nearly enough shelter beds in Denver reserved for these vulnerable women. The $10,000 grant is for the Steps to Stability program, which provides individualized support services and access to longer-term shelter for women who believe they are ready to end their homelessness and move towards a more stable future.

Second Chances
Second Chances is a unique employment readiness program incorporating individual mentoring with on-the- job training for individuals who are victims of domestic violence, drug abuse, sexual abuse, poverty, homelessness, incarceration, increased mental issues and neglect. They provide a job training and life skillsdevelopment program through the operation of a children’s thrift store, a furniture thrift store, and a commercial cleaning service. The $5,000 grant will be used to upgrade computers in order to train 300 single moms and women so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce.

Hands of the Carpenter
Hands of The Carpenter (Hands) is a faith-based nonprofit community that uniquely serves single mothers and widows in need by addressing the often overlooked issue of transportation. The grant for $1,500 will help Hands provide automobile repair, maintenance, and related education, in an effort to relieve the enormous financial burden and related distress that automobile repair puts on this population and their opportunity for economic self-sufficiency.

During Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Zonta Club of Denver awarded more than $30,000 in grants to the following community organizations:

Grant Recipients

COVA (Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance)
$7,000 was given to COVA’s Crime Victims’ Emergency Fund to provide financial assistance for Denver 35-40 women for financial needs stemming from a recent crime victimization and for whom there are no other resources. This funding will allow COVA to assist 15% more women who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, robbery, human trafficking, stalking, and elder abuse.

Smart-Girl
Smart-Girl is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that empowers pre-teen and teen girls to make smart choices and become confident, capable, self-reliant young women. The grant of $10,000 for the Smart-Girl Leadership Institute will be used to train approximately 90 volunteers and school personnel to lead Smart-Girl programs. More than 900 girls will benefit from working with these qualified mentors.

Friends of the Haven
The Haven is a 65-bed Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) located in Denver, Colorado, for women, mothers, and their infants. Licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health, the program offers long-term, intensive treatment for clients with addictions. Clients are referred from the Department of Human Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the criminal justice system, homeless shelters, friends and family members, or through self-referral. The grant of $6,680 will fund a weekly exercise program delivered by Southwest Denver YMCA. This program will provide a release from the stressful treatment regimen, help the women identify healthier ways to cope with stress and enjoy their leisure time other than drug use, and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety common among the Haven client population.

Open Door Ministries (Still Waters Housing)
The Still Waters Housing program is part of Open Door Ministries, a nonprofit Christian community development organization created in 1997. Open Door provides practical help and hope to people who are homeless, in danger of becoming homeless, and in post-imprisonment transition. Still Waters Housing aims to offer real hope and life-change solutions that go far beyond a place to sleep or a single meal. The target population is homeless women who realize their need for practical help in getting out of negative situations (such as abuse, addictions or prostitution) and are ready to make changes in order to better their circumstances and their lives in general. The $6,580 grant to Open Door Ministries will help women in the Still Waters Housing program pursue a college education by paying expenses for courses, books, supplies, rent and child care.

During Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Zonta Club of Denver awarded a total of $31,000 in grants to the following community organizations:

Grant Recipients

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:

Grant Recipients

  • Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver - The $10,000 grant will be provided to enhance young women’s skills and knowledge in math, science, information technology, economic literacy (handling money and budgets) and leadership. In FY 2010, 1,557 girls and young women were impacted by this program.

  • Work Options for Women (WOW) – The $7,000 grant will cover the cost of instruction videos, instructor certification and all educational equipment and materials for the new two-week ‘Introduction to Kitchen Basics Program.’ This program is designed to provide basic kitchen skills to those students looking for entry level positions as utility workers or dishwashers in the food service industry.

During Fiscal Year 2010/2011 Zonta Club of Denver awarded grants to the following community organizations.

Grant Recipients

  • Mental Health Center of Denver — The $14,000 grant will be used to support the vocational component of Growth and Recovery Opportunities for Women (GROW) Program. See here for the most recent grant report.

  • The Women’s Bean Project — The $10,000 grant will provide seed money and expand the vocational training program in the design, production and sale of jewelry. See here for the most recent grant report.

    The Empowerment Program — The $6,500 grant will be used to buy medications for its Mental Health Specialty Clinic.
    See here for the most recent grant report.
  • In addition, $16,252 was sent to Zonta International to fund the many International Service Projects. This amounts to 1/3 of the total service dollars awarded.

During the Fiscal Year 2009/2010 Zonta Club of Denver awarded grants to the following community organizations in the Denver area.

Grant Recipients

  • Delores Project — The $17,000 grant was used for their Transitional Planning program helping homeless women in Denver navigate all the challenges to moving from the streets to a place to call home.

  • Providence Network’s Joy House The $10,000 grant was used to provide a home for survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

    A total of $14,732 was awarded to Zonta International to fund the outstanding International Service Projects run by Zonta International and supported by local clubs. This represents 1/3 of the total service dollars awarded by the Zonta Club of Denver.

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