To date Impact 100 Jersey Coast has awarded $727,000 in grants to high-impact projects.
2018 Grant Recipients
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (Health & Wellness)
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ) is dedicated to providing vital, free assistance to the elderly, veterans, those with dementia and Caregivers to enable them to remain independent in their own homes and live their lives with dignity and joy. This is achieved through a network of more than 1000 volunteers, 70 interfaith partners and a variety of services.
The $112,000 grant will be used to fund the Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program (ARCP) with Connections Thru Music (CTM): Transforming Lives from Isolation to Hope. This project will transform the lives of Caregivers, their loved ones with dementia, as well as the volunteers, mentors and youth who support them in Monmouth County. The Alzheimer’s Respite Care Program (ARCP) provides a weekly 3-hour visit by a specially trained and individually matched volunteer, allowing the overwhelmed Caregiver the opportunity to “take a break” from the daily challenges of life. Connections Thru Music (CTM) is an extension of ARCP. This intergenerational music program connects students to elders with dementia, using the power of music to inspire, empower and increase empathy. These services are provided free of charge with no income restrictions.
CFC Loud N Clear (Children & Families)
Loud n Clear Foundation 501c3 is a grassroots New Jersey registered nonprofit Recovery Community Organization providing a model relapse prevention program that supports all pathways to recovery through peer driven and operated programs. They are committed to helping individuals and families struggling with addiction find, maintain, and strengthen their recovery through peer-based support, certified intervention and professional treatment guidance, community education and naloxone trainings, educational presentations, sober living homes, sober social activities, and reintegration into society through participation in the all encompassing CFC Recovery Community.
CFC will use the $112,000 grant to fund the Family Preservation Program which will focus on building a recovery conscious family unit, healing each individual family member, and empowering the entire family unit in a unique, realistic, and interesting way. This program will encompass and involve the entire family by providing recovery sensitive resources, education and activities for both individual growth and family growth. CFC supports each family battling addiction with kindness, care, compassion and empathy. This program will strive to relieve stigma and shame commonly associated with addiction and mental health, and will simultaneously educate, heal and strengthen the family unit. In turn, this will create stronger neighborhoods and healthy productive communities.
Family Resource Associates (Education)
Family Resource Associates, Inc. (FRA) helps families and individuals dealing with a broad spectrum of disabilities by providing lifelong skills and support that enable them to reach their fullest potential. FRA creates “PossAbilities for people with disAbilities” by connecting individuals to independence through modern therapies and advanced technology. Acknowledging the powerful influence of the family, we remain committed to them by offering both support and education.
FRA will use this $112,000 grant to fund the CEO project which will focus on finding employment for people challenged by significant cognitive limitations by identifying individual strengths, talents, interests and passions. Using a new approach to finding or creating customized niche employment opportunities is the exciting part of CEO, which is not available anywhere in Monmouth County. CEO is modeled after Griffin-Hammis Associates, “customized employment” for people with disabilities. Real and long-term employment is possible through a personal exploration done by creative approaches from highly trained staff and business reshaping. It is expected to impact over 30 people in the first 18 months of this ongoing project.
In 2017 we awarded two grants of $123,000 to support the following high-impact projects.
Covenant House New Jersey is using its grant to help provide a clean, safe housing space in Asbury Park for homeless and at-risk youth while offering them the skills, habits and guidance they need to succeed on their own.
The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHAMC) is using its grant to deliver the Lifelines program to 50 new Monmouth County schools to combat the growing epidemic of teen suicide. Lifelines trains faculty members, administrators and the wider community using a proven model of youth suicide prevention, intervention and postvention that builds resilience and creates safety nets for those at risk.
Impact’s inaugural grant of $145,000 to 180 Turning Lives Around funded the creation of a Family Justice Center (FJC) at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold. The FJC enables 180 Turning Lives Around to coordinate trauma-recovery, child and adult mental health services and housing/financial/legal support services in a streamlined manner in one location. Based on a national model proven to reduce victim homicides and increase abuser conviction rates, the FJC will also strengthen prevention efforts, hold offenders accountable and reduce repeat offenses.