TOPEKA – The ywca Topeka’s Center for Safety and Empowerment has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This significant contribution will have a direct impact on the ywca’s domestic violence prevention and victims support programs.
“We are so appreciative of the Kansas Health Foundation’s commitment to the wellness of Kansans and their support of the ywca’s mission,” said Ulrike Schlingensiepen, the director of the ywca’s Center for Safety and Empowerment. “This contribution will help us keep our emergency shelter staffed 24/7, which will increase our ability to respond to afterhours crisis in a timely manner.”
The grant will allow CSE to continue to serve victims of domestic and sexual violence. CSE, formerly the ywca Battered Women’s Task Force, provides safety, support and prevention services to its clients. Those services include, but are not limited to: an emergency shelter; a 24-hour, toll-free helpline; help filing protection orders; individual counseling; support groups; children’s counseling; court advocacy; training for professionals; and the Family Peace Initiative program for adults who abuse. CSE serves Shawnee, Jackson, Osage and Wabaunsee Counties in Kansas.
Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans.
“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”
This spring, the Kansas Health Foundation provided nearly $1 million through this program to help organizations accomplish 50 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans. Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.
Programs at the ywca Topeka include the Center for Safety & Empowerment, Career Assistance Network, the Early Learning Center, Kids Quest, Girls On The Run, outreach education, and more. For more information on ywca Topeka, please contact us at (785) 233-1750 or visit us online at www.ywcatopeka.org.