DePaul Annual Report 2022

You Made It Possible

KOVAR, a Virginia Knights of Columbus 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, awarded DePaul nearly $6,000 to update furnishings, supplies, and equipment at our Madison Heights and Fishersville OPTIONS day support centers. Both centers were in need of replacements and upgrades after months of being closed due to the pandemic. Items purchased with the generous grant included recliners, smart TVs, games, and outdoor furniture.

The Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust awarded $40,000 to DePaul, our largest grant in 2022, to partner with Roanoke City Public Schools in creating an informal Kinship Care program. When children are at risk of entering foster care or becoming homeless, relatives and other closely connected people in their lives like neighbors and family friends may become their primary caregivers also known as kinship care providers. The goals of the Kinship Care pilot program include reducing the number of children entering foster care, avoiding further trauma through therapeutic support services, funding emergency items to meet children’s immediate needs, and providing guidance from a kinship care specialist to ensure family success.

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