Nonprofit awards final round of 2021 community impact grants

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Hadley Streng. Courtesy Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) board named its fourth and final round of recipients for its 2021 Community Impact Grants.

GHACF will provide more than $160,000 in grants to five recipients in northwest Ottawa County and surrounding areas. Those who received funding for a variety of programs included Opportunity Thrive; Harbor Humane Society; Ottawa County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates; and Reach for Recovery.

A grant of $45,275 for Opportunity Thrive’s Educator Wellness Coaching Project will support the emotional well-being of educators in northwest Ottawa County school districts. The project includes three programs supporting research that highlights a link between the social and emotional well-being of educators and the academic and social-emotional well-being of students. The three programs include a personal wellness inventory, educator wellness coaching and a coaching network.

“Our educators play an integral role in our children’s growth, and we are proud to be able to support them through this grant,” said GHACF President Hadley Streng. “We recognize the importance of providing teachers with the resources to take care of their own well-being, and the Educator Wellness Coaching project fulfills that need.”

Funding also was granted to Harbor Humane Society, which received $23,981 for shelter improvements to ensure the best care and protection of animals and staff members who care for them. Updates to the shelter include a dog washing station, exam rooms and flooring.

The Ottawa County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion received $20,000 in support of its Government Alliance on Race and Equity Learning Communities of Practice (GARE LCoP) to bring together eight government organizations along the lakeshore to take meaningful action toward the advancement of racial equity at the regional level.

Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates’ (LIA) Operation Afghan Refugee Clinic was awarded $40,000 to support an estimated 75 refugees who are expected to resettle in the northwest Ottawa county region. The organization serves as a legal services clearinghouse for all Afghan refugee resettlement cases in West Michigan, providing initial case assessment, connection with legal resources and general case management for each refugee.

The final recipient, Reach for Recovery, received $40,000 for the launch of its medication-assisted treatment (MAD) program for opioid use disorder (OUD) at its Grand Haven office.

MAT helps to treat OUDs, sustain recovery and prevent overdose. Reach for Recovery said treatment is proven to be clinically effective, as it significantly reduces the need for inpatient detoxification services for those with OUD.

Applications for GHACF’s spring 2022 Community Impact Grants are due Feb. 9. More information is at ghacf.org.

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