DePaul Community Resources Annual Report 2023

Thank you to the Hughes Philanthropic Society, Jesse N. Bosang Trust, Vinton Moose Lodge #1121, Community Catalyst Funds of the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia, and 31 individual donors for combined donations of $35,902 for the Hughes Fund and the Bridge to Hope Fund serving children, families, and individuals with disabilities. These funds make life changing services and support possible for at-risk individuals in need by providing items such as tangible needs, assistive items, therapy, and other emergency aid when it is out of reach, and they have nowhere else to turn. This year both funds collectively honored 48 requests for items and needs such as clothing for foster youth, child safety seats and other childcare needs, therapies and counseling for youth and families in crisis, tutoring and mentoring for foster youth, copays for medical bills, food assistance, and assistive items for individuals with disabilities.

The Wellspring Foundation of Southwest Virginia awarded DePaul a $10,000 grant to support children, families, and individuals with disabilities served by the vital programs offered by DePaul’s Abingdon office. A portion of the funds provided tangible needs for young adults in our Independent Living (IL) program who are preparing for adulthood after aging out of foster care. Needs ranged from basic household supplies for youth when they first move into the IL apartments, a matching savings program to help youth save for a car, and first housing and/or moving expenses for youth graduating from the IL program. A portion of the funds was also used to purchase much-needed play therapy supplies and items for children to use in our Abingdon office’s new therapy playroom.

The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation awarded DePaul a $4,000 grant from the Faye Marcum Mifka Fund to enhance activities for participants of our OPTIONS day support program in Madison Heights. DePaul’s OPTIONS centers are welcoming, loving places to belong for individuals with disabilities, with activities inside and outside the center that are tailored to the abilities and interests of participants. Funding from the foundation provided our OPTIONS center in Madison Heights with critical program support and helped our participants engage in meaningful and fun activities outside of the center, while connecting them with friends and their community. | 13

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