Tree House Books received a $25,000 grant. Michael Brix, Executive Director, Tree House Books, reinforced the impact the grant will have in realizing their vision to make sure that every child has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and explore their passion.
“With this grant, The Giving Circle of The Transition Network is investing in the community-empowering work Tree House Books does through our Literacy and Access to Books programs. We will be able to put more books into homes, free book shelves in community centers, and launch our new bookmobile initiative, the Traveling Tree House. We’ll also be ready to expand and relaunch our Literacy programs for kids and teens.” Michael Brix, Executive Director, Tree House Book
Why Not Prosper received a $25,000 grant. Reverend Dr. Michelle Anne Simmons, Founder & CEO, Why Not Prosper expressed her gratitude for the grant and how it further enables their commitment to providing a “hand up” through its programs and services that support women in their re-entry efforts from prison to community.
“We are thrilled to be a recipient of a grant from TTN Giving Circle. In fact, we are overwhelmed with gratitude. The ripple effect of your grant funding will not only help formerly incarcerated women to become self-sufficient and thrive, but it will also enable them to be the solid foundations upon which their families are built. Strong and flourishing communities come from strong and flourishing family units. When we address the needs of women reentering the community from the prison system, we are also helping to meet the needs of the children that were left behind from their incarceration.” Rev. Dr. Michelle A. Simmons, Founder & CEO, Why Not Prosper
The 2021 Grants Cycle was unprecedented – a record number of Giving Circle members (128), a record number of Grants Committee volunteers (30), and our first-ever awarding of TWO grants for a record $50,000, at $25,000 each. The Grants Cycle is an extremely fulfilling process! Both Tree House Books and Why Not Prosper further the Giving Circle’s mission by working to improve the lives of women, children and youth in Philadelphia. This is why we exist.
Our 2018 Grantee, Turning Points YVLifeSet provides intensive counseling to Philadelphia youths aging out of foster care. Our $20,000 grant is enabling them to double their number of clients to 64.
The group is hard at work gearing up for this increase. They are hiring new program officers and training them to work with the influx of young adults who will be entering the program.
Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen Latino communities, recruits the seniors in need. Vocational students attend Randolph Career and Technical High School, a public high school in North Philadelphia, and the selected home repairs reinforce what students are learning in the classroom.
Our grant was used to expand a successful pilot program to offer this unique program to incarcerated women at the Riverside Correctional Facility.
The grant supported a conflict management program for PEC clients. Many women were being evicted from the Center because they expressed their anger inappropriately. The program helped residents to better manage their emotions so they could peacefully resolve arguments and misunderstandings. It provided these mothers with important life skills that enabled them to become independent and successful in the future, and also model and teach their families these very crucial skills. The grant also paid for a PEC staff member to learn the skills needed to continue to train residents in the future.
2013www.valleyyouthhouse.org) is a nonprofit dedicated to working with foster children to prepare them for life after foster care. Our grant was used to assist youth who were continuing their education beyond high school. We made it possible for 11 youth to buy laptops to use in their classes, 9 to obtain tuition assistance, 17 to pay for transportation to their classes, and 6 buy school supplies and books. Thanks to the generosity of TTN women, 34 young people were able to remain in school, enhance their employment skills, and reap all the benefits that result from continued education.
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