2022 Grant Recipients’ Impact Reports

Thanks to our Impact100 Houston membership, our 2022 grantees continued to create positive change for our community.  We are grateful for their commitment to building a stronger Houston and are pleased to share the impact of these recipients’ work throughout 2023.

Santa Maria Hostel:  $100,000 Grant Recipient – Health & Wellness Focus Area 

The mission of Santa Maria Hostel is to empower women and their families to lead healthy, successful, productive and self-fulfilling lives.  Santa Maria Hostel is one of Texas’ largest multi-site residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment centers for women, and one of a very few to offer a full continuum of services for women who are pregnant or parenting. They meet each family where they are at on their recovery journey, from prevention and intervention, to treatment, housing, long-term recovery support and aftercare. Their services help restore families, promote positive life changes, and offer hope that a new and better future is possible. By offering vital services and life changing support, Santa Maria offers a pathway to success through recovery.

During the grant period, Santa Maria Hostel made significant updates, making their campus more child friendly with new flooring, toys and furnishings, updated play space, new seating in the Children’s Library, and fully equipped two play therapist offices.  In the participant units, they added rocking chairs, round coffee tables (to be safer for new walkers) bulletin boards to display photos of loved ones and a library of baby items to borrow, including bathtubs, bouncers, excersaucers and play mats.

Through their updated Play Therapy program, they were able to triple the number of children seen, saw improved behavior, decreased interruptive behavior, increased emotional awareness in 100% of children, and 95% of children had an improved relationship with their mother.

 

Target Hunger:  $100,000 Grant Recipient – Family Focus Area

The mission of Target Hunger is to alleviate hunger and its root causes in the Houston neighborhoods they serve. Their vision is a Houston where no one goes hungry, and everyone can provide food for themselves and their families. Target Hunger is on the front lines of hunger every day through its food distribution system that includes multiple food pantries, educational food fairs, an extensive home delivery program, summer break food programs for children, mobile distribution sites, a growing community partner program, emergency food assistance, and two gardens.

During the grant period, Target Hunger not only successfully reinstated their Food Fair program but also expanded this crucial community resource to operate year-round. The funds have helped them meet a growing community need which has increased since the beginning of 2023. With almost weekly Food Fairs, their aim is to alleviate the financial strain associated with affording groceries amid other monthly expenses. The Food Fairs continue to be an additional opportunity for Target Hunger to extend support to families through their Navigation Services program.  In 2023, Target Hunger expanded its reach by hosting 75 Food Fairs at various locations across their service area, extending support to about 200 families on average during each event by the end of the year. This concerted effort resulted in benefiting 14,389 households, providing them with fresh, nutritious food.

 

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum: $17,333 Grant Recipient – Arts & Culture Focus Area

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) is dedicated to exploring and displaying the stories and contributions of African Americans in the military by way of performing and visual arts, educational programming, and exhibitions. Their hope is to extend public knowledge of the achievements of all the nation’s African American armed forces personnel to the general public thus building pride and patriotism throughout all of the communities they serve.  The purpose of BSNM is to educate, preserve, promote, and perpetuate the history, tradition, and outstanding contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers towards the development and defense of America, from The Revolutionary War to the present.

During the grant period, funds were used to support the Education department that eventually led to the onboarding of a Director of Education in the spring of 2023 who now leads all programming and initiatives, community outreach, performing and visual arts and educational tours. They also began the planning phase of redesigning their exhibitions that will directly affect the programming they provide.

 

Houston Community ToolBank: $17,333 Grant Recipient – Environment Focus Area

The Houston Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations (and disaster volunteers) with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and environmental maintenance. They provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, scale, and facilitate hands-on volunteerism in the greater Houston area. Access to ToolBank equipment eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, insuring, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission.

During the grant period, the general operating funds were utilized to continue smooth operations to store, maintain, repair, and share their inventory of more than 15,000 items across the nonprofit sector. They have far exceeded their goals set for 2023 and are in the pilot phase of a new tool training program launch that leans into the “expertise” part of their mission statement.

 

SEARCH Homeless Services:  $17,333 Grant Recipient – Education Focus Area

SEARCH pursues a mission of providing hope, creating opportunity, and transforming lives for thousands of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our community. They bring this mission to life every day by helping their clients obtain permanent housing, increase their income, improve their health, develop their children, and regain their stability and self-sufficiency.

Funds were used to support SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures (HTT) preschool. Over the grant period, HTT provided 107 students with an individualized, high-quality preschool education and also provided services to the students’ families (approximately 150 family members across 65 households) to help them make positive life changes and support them in building stronger family bonds and more stable home environments. This allowed SEARCH to continue providing their students with the support, attention, stability, and love they need to succeed in school and reach their full potential.

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