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January 14, 2013 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

Preble Street, founded in 1975, provides accessible, barrier-free services to empower people experiencing homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty. Located in Portland, Maine, it is Northern New England’s largest urban area service hub. It serves the community’s most vulnerable members 24 hours a day/365 days a year through a variety of critical programs.

Each day, 400 adults and families use its Resource Center. Staff and volunteers meet urgent needs through a soup kitchen, food pantry, and a clothing closet, as well as provide casework services to meet needs for affordable housing, employment, healthcare, education, etc.

Through collaborative relationships with the City of Portland and other providers, Preble Street helps those in need access resources offered in the community.

Preble Street’s soup kitchens serve over 320,000 nutritious meals a year. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided at the Resource Center, Teen Center, and Florence House. The food pantry distributes over 190,000 emergency meals to households without access to adequate nutrition.

Committed to safe, affordable housing, Florence House provides 25 permanent apartments with support services for formerly homeless women. Logan Place has 30 permanent units with support services for formerly homeless adults. Veterans Housing Services prevents and responds to homelessness to ensure stability for veterans in southern Maine. Additionally, Florence House provides 25 Safe Haven units offering semi-private long-term shelter, and an emergency shelter offering basic needs and housing assistance.

Preble Street’s Teen Center (drop-in) and the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter (overnight shelter) serve 400 homeless youth, ages 12-20, around the clock to help them move toward a healthy future. Staff and volunteer help meet basic needs—meals, clothing, showers, etc.—and work with on-site partners to offer healthcare, educational/vocational, mental health, substance abuse, and housing services.

In addition to its direct services, Preble Street’s advocacy efforts work towards solutions to the social, economic and political systems that do not respond adequately to community needs.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made grants totaling $82,500 to Preble Street since 2003. Two grants for $22,500 were made to the capital campaign and $60,000 has been provided in general operating support.

August 8, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
Map of Haiti showing the Artibonite Valley and HAS Campus

The Artibonite Valley and HAS campus

The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti nurtures and supports projects that improve the lives of the residents of Haiti’s Artibonite Valley. Founded in 1999, the Pittsburgh-based organization now supports:  a hospital, integrated community services, rehabilitation programs, agroforestry, and the promotion of Haitian art and culture.

The Friends’ largest project is raising money for Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS).  The hospital opened in 1956, fulfilling the dreams of its founders, Dr. Larimer and Mrs. Gwen Grant Mellon, to serve others with medical needs.  It is a 130-bed referral hospital that serves more than 345,000 people living within 610 square miles.  HAS’s 14 physicians and 50 nurses provide surgical services, internal medicine, pediatrics, high-risk maternity care, diagnostic services, and rehabilitation.

Health Care Worker Assisting a Stroke Patient in His Home

Community Rehabilitation Service Provider aids a stroke victim at home

After the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the hospital added a Cholera Treatment Center and a prosthetics clinic for amputees.  The Cholera Treatment Center sees 240 patients a day at the peak of each rainy season. The prosthetic clinic has provided artificial limbs to more than 1,000 earthquake victims since opening.

The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti also developed and raises money for the Haiti Timber Re-Introduction Project (HTRIP).  Ninety-eight percent of Haiti has been deforested due to timber logging, slash-and-burn agriculture, and tree-cutting to make charcoal.

A Community Prepares to Plant Trees

A Community Prepares to Plant Trees

HTRIP provides economic independence to the poorest Haitians. Its agroforestry methods grow trees with normal agricultural crops such as corn or coffee, giving farmers more production from their land.  New tree plots act as laboratories to track the growth of shade-tolerant crops.  The Haitian farmers use what they learn from the plots to grow crops which provide both food and income for their families and communities.  HTRIP has planted more than 592,000 trees in partnership with 52 mountain farming communities.  More than 3,600 Haitians have graduated from the HTRIP education program since 2006.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation and our Next Generation Fund are proud to have sponsored the life-changing work of The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti with $194,000 in grants since 1995.

Images courtesy of The Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer

July 3, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

A family celebrates the birth of their new baby.

Caring for the city’s most vulnerable since 1893, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center provides three critical services for children and their families.

The Infant Adoption program places 24 children annually with adoptive families. The comprehensive program also helps families through interim foster care services, support groups, open adoption mediation, research and reunion services, post adoption counseling, and infertility counseling. More than 7,000 infants and children have been placed in permanent homes since this keystone program was established in 1893.

Young boy with a special friend

Child’s Way® provides critical day care services for up to 60 medically fragile children at a time. Registered pediatric nurses and child care associates oversee various therapies, medical procedures, and developmental education on site. Children also experience a fun educational setting, with developmental and play activities built into their daily schedule. More than 180 children and their families have benefited from Child’s Way since its opening in 1998.

A 28-Bed Pediatric Specialty Hospital rounds out the primary services, providing care to 300 children and their families annually in its home-like environment. The hospital’s multidisciplinary team promotes active parental participation in their children’s care during their stay. The staff teaches families how to care for their children’s unique medical needs as they transition from hospital to home.

Making friends in one of the many play areas

In 2007, the Lemieux Family Center opened to serve the children and families who stay at The Children’s Home. The Center includes a family living area with private bedrooms, living rooms and full kitchens. Play areas are available throughout the building, as is an accessible outdoor playground for patients and family.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made grants totalling $411,000 since 1980 to support the efforts of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center.

June 4, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News
Rendering of the Exterior of Jackson Square

Rendering of the future Jackson Square streetscape

Urban Edge is a community development corporation that partners with residents, businesses and government entities in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and surrounding communities in Massachusetts. The nonprofit, founded in 1974, develops and sustains stable, healthy, and diverse communities. Urban Edge accomplishes this through: the development of high quality, affordable rental and owner housing; assistance to small businesses; homeownership education; and lending and the development of educational facilities for youth and families.

Residents of the border area between Jamaica Plain and Roxbury lived in a neighborhood plagued by violence. While ongoing community efforts have reduced the influence of gangs, residents still seek positive activities for the thousands of youth who call the area home. To address this need, Urban Edge worked with community residents to create the Jackson Square redevelopment project. A multi-use community center/sports facility will include an ice rink that converts into an indoor turf field, a walking track, and community meeting rooms. The project will also provide new apartments and office spaces and be built to LEED Silver Certification.

A Look into the Future - Ice Skating at Jackson Square

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has awarded grants totalling $405,000 to Urban Edge since 2004. These included a $225,000 Community Development Initiative grant in 2010 to support the pre-development costs of the Jackson Square Ice Rink and Recreation Center. Urban Edge projects the facility opening for Summer 2013.

Images courtesy of Urban Edge

May 3, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

Since 2001, Clean Production Action (CPA) has been designing and delivering strategic solutions for green chemicals, sustainable materials and environmentally friendly products.

Clean Production Action's GreenScreen LogoConsumers and citizens are increasingly aware of the link between chemicals in the products they use and health problems.  As they seek ways to protect their families from toxic chemicals exposure, businesses need better tools to use safer chemicals in their products.

CPA works closely with business, nonprofit, and government networks around the world to learn about emerging technological trends and associated environmental health problems, and then develops solutions to these issues.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made three Environment Initiative grants totaling $185,000 to fund two Clean Production Action projects. The GreenScreen™ for Safer Chemicals is a tool businesses can use to assess chemical hazards in materials.  The Plastics Scorecard is a tool for product designers and businesses to evaluate the environmental and human health performance of both fossil fuel-based and bio-based plastics.

In the short term, CPA is increasing the number of businesses using the tools.  In the longer term, fewer products with harmful chemicals will be created and shipped, reducing human health risks and environmental damages that result from those chemicals.

Images courtesy of Clean Production Action

April 5, 2012 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

The Mattress Factory is a world renowned research and development lab for artists. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012, this museum of contemporary art commissions new site-specific works and presents them to the widest possible audience.  Annually, more than 55,000 visitors enjoy the installations in its growing – and distinctive – permanent collection.

The Mattress Factory has supported more than 500 artists through its residency program. The artists’ exhibitions are paired with engaging and inventive educational programs including hands-on art projects, workshops, lectures, and tours.

The organization has also been a community development asset on Pittsburgh’s North Side. It has purchased nine properties and renovated them for galleries, an artist-created garden, public and educational spaces, artists’ residencies, office space, and visitor amenities.

The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has made grants totaling $113,000 since 1986 to support the Mattress Factory’s exhibitions, education programs, and outreach programs.

A permanent art installation: Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Dots Mirrored Room"

Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Dots Mirrored Room"


A Mattress Factory Display - Than Htay Maung's "My Offering"

 Photos courtesy of the Mattress Factory

December 1, 2011 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

Since 1988, Roca has served young people in the greater Boston area who are street- court- or gang-involved, drop-outs, young parents, or refugees and immigrants.

Through transformational relationships (intensive relationship building), Roca helps young people re-engage in society, moving them into educational, employment, and life skills programming.

Youth participate in its nationally-recognized intervention model for two years and Roca follows up with them for at least two more years.

The Foundation has made 9 grants totaling $248,500 to Roca since 2000. The most recent was a $50,000 commitment to expand its programs to Springfield, MA, a city with poverty, unemployment, gang-related violence, gun violence, and juvenile incarceration rates above state averages. In Springfield, Roca expects to serve up to 100 young men with the following results: 80% will graduate high school or show other educational gains, 80% will retain employment for up to six months, and 80% will demonstrate decreased criminal or delinquent behavior.

The word Roca on an orange background

November 1, 2011 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

Through its environmental and open space improvements, food security programs, youth education and employment initiatives, community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers Lawrence, MA residents to improve their quality of life.

The Foundation awarded its first grant to Groundwork Lawrence in 2011, providing $5,000 to the Green Team environmental youth leadership program. In 2012, the program hopes to serve 186 youth with expanded programming.

Kids from Groundwork Lawrence standing in front of a small newly built wooden building

Two girls sitting on the ground painting colorful messages on metal barrels

September 1, 2011 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

AFS Intercultural Programs began as the American Field Service, an international network of volunteer ambulance drivers – including Foundation Trustee Richard Hunt – who served during World Wars I and II.  After the wars, AFS evolved into a student exchange and scholarship program.

Today, the organization “works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.”

AFS-USA annually sends approximately 1,400 U.S. high school students abroad and welcomes 2,500 international students into the country, aided by 3,100 host families.  It also awards more than $3 million in financial aid and scholarships to students each year.

The Foundation has been honored to support AFS-USA with $323,000 in grants since 1957.

Four girls posing for a picture against the background of desert and mountains

A diverse group of smiling youth

April 1, 2011 · by Foundation Staff · Grants News

More than 70,000 people each year seek help from the Hill House Association, a century-old anchor in Pittsburgh’s most well-known African-American neighborhood.

The bustling community center helps them through a mix of early learning and child development, youth, workforce, senior services, and neighborhood development programs. It also hosts 10 other agencies that provide complementary services. The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has supported the Hill House’s after-school literacy programs since 2001.

In 2008, the Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever, $500,000, to the Hill House to support the renovation of its historic Kaufmann Center. The Center is a community gathering place for residents and civic organizations and over the years has hosted noted musicians, authors, artists and statesmen. The Center re-opened in March 2011 and its outdoor amphitheatre bears the Foundation’s name.

Hill House Association's Kaufmann Center

Photo by Tony Macklin

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