Lynne Jones, president-elect of CSOF, presenting grant money to Ann-Marie Manning, MSW, Kidpower board member and Jan Isaac Henry, executive director of Kidpower.

Seventeen local nonprofit organizations will receive grants from the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation totaling $160,000 to provide access to care, transportation, counseling, health education and advocacy for children and adults.

The nonprofits receiving grants are:

  • Amblicab – $5,000 for transporting disabled adults and children to medical appointments;
  • Court-Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region – $50,000, the third year of a $50,000 per year three-year grant commitment for its peer coordinator model;
  • Community Partnership for Child Development – $5,000 to support its nutrition and wellness program;
  • Early Connections Learning Centers – $5,000 to support its comprehensive health program for children from low-income families;
  • El Paso County Medical Society Foundation – $5,000 in general operating support for the El Paso County Medical Reserve Corps which integrates into the community’s emergency response system and provides backup coordination for disaster response;
  • Kidpower – $7,000 to provide interpersonal safety education workshops for economically disadvantaged children ages 5 to 12 and their caregivers who otherwise would not learn the skills needed to keep themselves safe from abduction and abuse;
  • Peak Vista Community Health Centers – $10,000 to support its First Visitors Program, a volunteer based parent education and primary child abuse prevention program that strengthens children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development during the first three years of life;
  • Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care – $5,000 for non-reimbursed holistic services and charity care for people facing terminal illness;
  • Project Angel Heart – $7,500 for customized home delivered meals to critically ill Colorado Springs residents;
  • Prospect Home Care & Hospice Inc. – $8,000 in general operating support to deliver care in Teller County;
  • REACH – $5,000 for direct medical services within its Family Stabilization Services Program;
  • Safe Passage – $10,000 – for its Forensic Medical Services Program which provides medical exams for child victims of physical abuse and sexual assault;
  • Silver Key – $5,000 to support its transportation services program to provide rides for seniors for medical needs;
  • Special Kids Special Families – $10,000 to support Zach’s Place which provides respite care for children with severe disabilities ages 2½ to 21 and their families;
  • TESSA – $5,000 to support its clinical program to provide therapeutic services to survivors of domestic violence;
  • Tri-Lakes Cares – $7,500 in general operating support to improve people’s lives through emergency, self-sufficiency and relief programs including support of its medical clinic, food assistance and more; and
  • Urban Peak – $10,000 in general operating support for emergency shelter, meals, individualized case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, medical care and education, employment services and supportive housing services for youth ages 15 to 24.

The foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the community consistent with its osteopathic heritage. In addition to providing grants to qualified nonprofits, the foundation provides tuition scholarships to selected osteopathic medical students from Colorado with the goal that the recipients will return to Colorado to practice medicine when they finish their education and training to help decrease the state’s physician shortage.

For more information about the Foundation, visit the Foundation’s website, or call 635-9057.