Hamilton Center Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the distribution of $14,574 to 15 programs reaching a ten-county area. The distribution was made during a reception and media event on July 15, 2019. Hamilton Center staff and Foundation Board members were present. Programs of Hamilton Center funded by the mini grant program include Hendricks County satellite service where $1,458 will provide summer activities for underserved youth.
Sara Chambers, Program Manager of Hendricks County satellite services, said, “Hamilton Center Hendricks County is excited to receive this grant to help benefit the needs of our young consumers.” She added, “This grant fills a gap in services- services that are often not covered by our larger state grants.”
Funds from the mini grant program also benefitted other programs offered by Hamilton Center in communities across west central Indiana including:
- Healthy Families (Vigo, Sullivan and Greene counties): $1,000 for safety products and educational materials for parents of infants
- Vigo County Child & Adolescent Services (including West Terre Haute): $1,000 for summer activities for children in services
- Vigo County Adult Services: $1,000 for implementation of an evidenced-based psychotherapy treatment for those who have experienced trauma
- Vigo County Addiction Services: $1,000 for educational materials and supplies for a parenting group
- Vigo County Primary Care Services: $1,000 for appointment fees for those without an ability to pay
- Clay County: $750 for materials to support Matrix (substance use disorder) groups
- Greene County/Linton: $1,000 support for critical basic needs
- Sullivan County: $1,000 support for critical basic needs
- Parke & Vermillion counties (and entire service area): $1,000 for hiking/outdoor equipment to start a hiking group two times per month
- Putnam County: $750 for materials to support Matrix (substance use disorder) groups
- Greene County/Bloomfield: $812 for materials to begin a relapse prevention substance abuse group
- Owen County: $804 for play equipment for play therapy
- All counties/Central and West Central Indiana: $1,000 to assist clients in paying the initial fees required to secure health insurance, $1,000 for a community wide campaign/event focused at suicide prevention, and $1,000 hiking/outdoor equipment to start a hiking groups
“We are grateful to the financial support the Foundation has given our organization,” said Melvin L. Burks, CEO of Hamilton Center. “The money will enhance several of our services,” he said.
“This is exactly the kind of funding that the Foundation is well positioned to distribute,” said Margie Anshutz, President of Hamilton Center Foundation and Chief Development Officer at Hamilton Center. “Hamilton Center has been successful in obtaining grants, but those grants can be very prescriptive in focus. Foundation funds can be allocated to areas of need identified by the organization,” she said.
“A relatively small amount of money can have great impact on these programs,” said Bob Rhodes, Foundation Chair. “The Foundation is grateful for the impact these services make in our community,” he said.
The mission of the Foundation is to strengthen the community by providing consistent and lasting support to Hamilton Center, as it provides the highest quality behavioral healthcare and wellness services in Indiana. People are encouraged to give to the Foundation to ensure a strong mental health system is available in central and west central Indiana in perpetuity. To give, go to www.hamiltoncenterfoundation.org or call (812) 231-8416.
Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in central and west central Indiana. The organization provides behavioral health, addiction and other support services to 13,000 consumers a year in a 10-county area. Hamilton Center employs 550 staff including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, case managers among others.