United Service Organization, Inc. USO Pop-Up Mobile Initiative Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The USO's mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. This is accomplished by maintaining a constant and significant presence in the lives of those serving our country and their families and by providing a continuum of care at every step of their journey. From the time they swear their oath of service to the time they transition successfully back to civilian life, the USO is by their side. The USO is continuously adapting to the needs of those in uniform and their families so they can focus on their important mission. The scope, scale, presence, reach and knowledge, and close collaboration with the military, give the USO the unparalleled ability to...

United for a Good Cause, Inc. Hope Squad Peer to Peer Suicide Prevention for Schools Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of the organization is to promote the spirit of service, giving, unity and resiliency while instilling hope within the youth. Formed in 2004 by a group of leaders coming together to help unite the diverse youth in the community, an initial organization focus was on youth leadership development through the Youth LEADership Conference and charitable holiday giving to families in need through their Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Fiesta. In the spring of 2019, the organization added a focus on suicide prevention and bullying. To successfully address this focus, the organization implemented Hope Squad, an evidence-based school peer-to-peer suicide prevention program currently in use in 33 states and Canada, with over 1,000 schools with 30,000+ members worldwide. The program...

PACE Center for Girls, Inc Girls Going Places Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of Pace Center for Girls (Pace) is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. Pace programs serve girls ages 11 to 17 with three or more adverse childhood experiences, who are at high-risk for delinquent behavior. Pace employs gender-responsive, trauma-informed, prevention and early intervention programs for girls with multiple risk factors. Pace was established as an alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for adolescent girls at-risk of high school dropout and involvement in the justice system. Pace opened its doors locally in 1994, serving more than 3,000 girls with a focus on providing academic, social services, and transition services. These are delivered via three distinct programs, the Pace Day Program, the Pace GED Program, and...

Bright Bridge Ministries Updated Kitchen, Uplifted Lives Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: In Progress Bright Bridge Ministries (BBM) is a non-profit agency that began as an outreach ministry of Richards Memorial United Methodist Church with the name Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM) in 2007. PUMCM was founded to address the many faces of hunger in Pensacola as bagged lunches were handed out to people who approached the church in need of food. PUMCM was rebranded to BBM in 2019. The mission of BBM is to provide food, housing and spiritual support to individuals in need. They treat people with dignity, care and acceptance to empower and assist them in their journey toward recovery and renewal. They have grown over the years into an organization that addresses more than just the hunger of those in the local area. In addition to meals,...

Ecomfort, Inc. Food as a Tool: Impacting lives in the Community Mentally, Physically and Spiritually Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of Ecomfort is to provide emergency assistance to the homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals of Escambia County. This assistance is comprised of emergency food, hot meals, job placement assistance, resource coordination and guided computer use. Ecomfort, Inc. was founded in May of 2007 as an outreach of Epps Christian Center, Inc. The organization has expanded services in the community, serving individuals and families. Ecomfort started off serving breakfast from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. five days a week but has since added a food and clothing pantry that operates twice weekly. Ecomfort distributes frozen food, produce and dry goods to the community weekly, and works with other agencies to provide linking services to individuals. Food is used as...

Healing Paws for Warriors, INC. Save a Veteran/Rescue a Dog Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2015, Healing Paws for Warriors (HP4Ws) is a local, veteran founded/veteran led 501(c)(3) that provides rescue-to-trained Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service dogs at “no cost” to veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) with continued support, thereby reducing the statistic of veteran suicide and increasing family health and wellness. Initially, the program was established by a handful of community members, all with ties to the military, to help support over 10,000 veterans in the Florida Panhandle who have experienced PTSD. A program that is known throughout the community by its “red shirt” with the “ Save a Veteran/Rescue a Dog” slogan, it continues to grow, graduating 17 veteran/K9 teams and projecting an additional...

Manna Food Pantries Generating Hope to End Hunger Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of Manna Food Pantries (Manna) is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. In 1982, a local study concluded that there was a need for a centralized clearinghouse for the collection, storage and distribution of non-perishable food items to individuals and families in emergency situations. Community leaders responded by incorporating the Manna Food Bank. A Board of Directors was established, start-up monies were raised, inventories amassed, and an operations staff was hired. The Manna Food Pantries opened its doors to serve clients on January 3, 1983 as a local, grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. All services are offered free of charge, and...

Health and Hope Clinic, Inc. IMPACT100: How to Save a Life Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2003, the Health and Hope Clinic is a volunteer and donor driven free medical and dental clinic established by the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association to help meet the needs of the medically uninsured and under-served populations in the greater Pensacola and Escambia County area. Additionally, Health and Hope is supported by community individuals, groups and organizations. The Clinic incorporated in 2009, and tax-exempt status was granted by the Internal Revenue Service in July 2009. In January of 2014, the Clinic moved into a newly constructed building on East Olive Road. Currently, the Clinic has 200 volunteers, 900 active patients, and recorded 7,100 patient visits last year, providing over 1.8 million dollars in medical services. Numerous primary and specialty care providers offer services including...

Children's Home Society of Florida, Inc. Keeping Families on the Right Track Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is one of Florida’s oldest private not-for-profit organizations providing services to children and families. Since CHS was established in 1902 to find families for orphans, the needs of children and families have grown and evolved. Since 1972, services have expanded to meet the new challenges faced by children and families every day. CHS delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help families break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children. The array of services offered by CHS locally includes family and individual counseling, child abuse prevention and intervention services, home-based services, Community...

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, INC. REAP's Women's Re-Entry Portal - Pathways for Success Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed In 2013, United States Federal District Court Judge Casey Rodgers was concerned with the high rate of recidivism reflected by the probationers appearing before her court and formed the Re-Entry Alliance Program, (REAP), as a mentoring program for the recently released federal probationers. Local attorneys volunteered to act as the program's mentors. During the ensuing years local business leaders volunteered to assist more ex-felons with their many post-incarceration needs. In 2017 and 2018, the Florida Legislature appropriated $200,000 to partially fund the Pensacola Re-Entry Portal, with the balance of funding coming from local sources. To date, REAP has provided comprehensive transitional services including housing to more than 400 returning citizens, while maintaining a recidivist rate of less than 15%, far below other re-entry programs....

KlaasKIDS Foundation Missing Child Response & Child Exploitation Prevention Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed Created in 2003, the mission of KlaasKIDS Foundation is to stop crimes against children through the deployment of a professional response team and by offering preventative education and child safety events within our community. The local organization provides professionally trained search managers to assist organizing a comprehensive community response to a missing child case as well as provides professionally certified search and rescue technicians and specially trained canines to search for the lost, missing and abducted. As a protection initiative, the organization deploys intelligence analysts to assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies during child trafficking sting operations. Immediate counseling, transportation, and services are provided to rescued victims. Free digital fingerprinting, DNA kits and child safety information is given to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa...