As part of its third annual FAMILIES COUNT honors program, the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation has awarded a total of $4 million to eight organizations that work to strengthen families in economically disadvantaged communities.
The recipient organizations, which will receive $500,000 each, strengthen families by providing services such as childcare and after-school programs, parenting education, and leadership and vocational training; forge links with local health care, education, and business organizations; and serve as a resource and inspiration for policymakers and other nonprofits in the field.
"Stated broadly, families in communities where kids are faring the worst are typically families that are isolated from economic opportunity, unconnected to adequate social networks, and unreached by the public systems most important to families," said foundation president Douglas W. Nelson. "[The honorees] are essential links in the networks that help all families thrive — neighbor and kin, faith-based and secular, formal and informal, public and private."
This year's honorees are Alianza Dominicana in New York City; Bethel New Life in Chicago; the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center; Children of the Rainbow in San Diego; the Fatima Family Center in Cleveland; the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C.; the Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Project in Nashville; and the Mar Vista Family Center in Culver City, California.