Dallas Mavericks Foundation Past Grants
$25,000 Grant Recipients
Buckner Children and Family Services
Buckner Children and Family Services received funding for Camp Buckner, a foster care camp for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Camp Buckner provides foster children ages 0-18 in Dallas County with the opportunity to enjoy a three-day camping experience with their foster families. Camp Buckner offers an array of normal camping activities including horseback riding, a ropes course, swimming, fishing and canoeing, and creates an atmosphere of openness and bonding between families who are often working through difficult situations. Camp is not only fun, but very therapeutic for the children as they heal physically and emotionally. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will allow 110 children to attend Camp Buckner during the summer of 2010.
Child Abuse Prevention Center
Child Abuse Prevention Center received funding for its Healthy Families program. This program serves more than 200 at-risk teenage mothers and their babies (ages 0-5) annually in poverty stricken areas of Dallas County. The Healthy Families program seeks to prevent and reduce the rate of child abuse by teaching young families of newborns positive parenting techniques through in-home visitation and other services. Each family is assigned a Family Support Worker, who visits the mother's home to provide intensive support to her from the prenatal period until the child is five years of age. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will provide 1,000 parent counseling and education sessions at an estimated cost of $25 each.
Community Partners of Dallas
Community Partners of Dallas received funding to stock its Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room serves more than 8,400 youth annually ages 0-12 in Dallas County. Community Partners of Dallas helps protect and restore the well-being of abused and neglected children by providing resources to the caseworkers of Child Protective Services. The Rainbow Room provides critically needed items for children who have just that day been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect, or have been placed in the care of relatives. These critical needs items include clothing, shoes, hygiene products, diapers, formula, car seats, school supplies and school uniforms. Having easy access to these items decreases the likelihood of these children ending up in foster care. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards the purchase of the aforementioned critical needs items.
The Parkland Foundation received funding to send burn patients to Camp I-Thonka-Chi, which means "a place that makes one strong or fearless, not afraid to face life." Each year, Camp I-Thonka-Chi serves 65-75 youth ages 6-18 at Camp John Marc in Meridian, Texas. The camp provides an opportunity for children and teens to interact with others who have sustained burn injuries and to find a whole new level of acceptance. Campers see that they're not alone and learn to be appreciated for their inner-self and not their physical appearance. Camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, a ropes course, horseback riding, volleyball, basketball, softball and arts and crafts are designed to enhance self-esteem, promote a sense of community and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer support. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will allow 72 children to attend Camp I-Thonka-Chi during the summer of 2010.
Promise House received funding for its on-site Emergency Youth Shelter. Promise House serves more than 7,200 youth annually ages 10-17 from Dallas and surrounding areas. Promise House offers one of the only no-cost youth shelters for runaway, homeless and at-risk kids in Dallas County, and is the only youth shelter in Dallas to provide on-site psychiatric care free of charge. The shelter is the core program at Promise House, providing crisis intervention and a safe place to stay for up to 16 young people at a time. For a direct cost of approximately $175 per night, Promise House provides food, clothing, shelter, case management, therapy, 24-hour supervision and educational/recreational activities. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will provide 125 bed nights at the shelter, as well as a new pool/ping-pong table, indoor basketball game and sleeper sofa living room set for the shelter's recreation room.
Youth Village Foundation
The Youth Village Foundation received funding for Project S.A.V.E. (Skills Advancement for Vocation and Education). This project serves 350-400 juvenile offenders annually ages 10-17 in Dallas County. The mission of the Youth Village Foundation is to meet the needs of young men in the Dallas County Youth Village and Medlock Residential Treatment Center by providing resources that will aid them in finding strength and determination to succeed and lead a productive life. The Youth Village Foundation is dedicated to helping juvenile offenders reach their law-abiding potential and to diverting them from further involvement with the juvenile justice system. Project S.A.V.E. is a collaborative effort of local community partners to empower young men with opportunities for constructive change, education and possible employment. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards direct program costs, including the purchase of computer software/equipment, vocational training/books and nutrition/culinary art supplies.
2009-10 Special Projects
Dallas County Juvenile Department (Basketball Court)
The Dallas County Juvenile Department received a refurbished indoor basketball court at its Juvenile Detention Center. The court will be utilized by more than 2,500 youth annually ages 10-17 in Dallas County. The mission of the Dallas County Juvenile Department is to assist referred youth in becoming productive, law abiding citizens, while promoting public safety and victim restoration. The refurbished basketball court provides an enticing reward to youth and challenges them to take control of their own behavior in a positive way. Funding from the Mavs Foundation went towards the purchase and installation of new flooring and wall pads, basketball and volleyball lines and new logos.
Dallas Life (Transportation)
Dallas Life received a new 12-passenger van for its children's program. This program serves more than 10,000 youth annually (some duplicated) ages 0-18 in Dallas County. Dallas Life is the largest homeless shelter in North Texas, housing an average of 375 individuals daily, including 30 children per night. Dallas Life's children's programming and services include food, shelter, clothing and care in its medical, vision and dental clinic. Additionally, on-site amenities include an age-appropriate library, learning center, computer lab, playroom and outdoor playground. The new van allows Dallas Life to safely transport children to camps, after-school programs and other necessary appointments associated with being homeless. Funding from the Mavs Foundation went to replace a 26-year-old bus with a more reliable and safer vehicle.
Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas (Playground)
Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas received a new and improved playground at its south Dallas campus. The new playground equipment will be utilized by more than 200 girls annually ages 6-18 in South Dallas. Girls Inc. strives to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by empowering them to take charge of their lives. This is accomplished through female-focused programs that encourage girls to discover their potential and grow in a sense of responsibility to self, family and community. Funding from the Mavs Foundation went towards the purchase and installation of new playground equipment, borders and wood fiber surfacing.
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas (Computer Lab)
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas received new technology resources at its Park South Branch. The YMCA, the premier human development agency in North Texas, teaches values that help to strengthen and support families, help teenagers make the transition into adulthood, and create safe environments that allow individuals to develop total health. The YMCA's values embrace the universal truths inherent in relationships with others, including respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, and citizenship. Funding from the Mavs Foundation went towards the purchase of paint and paint supplies, computer desks and chairs, laptop computers, network installation and educational software.
$25, 000 Grant Recipients
Arlington Life Shelter
Arlington Life Shelter received funding for its "From Home to Home" children's program, which is a crucial component of restoring homeless families to self-sufficiency. The program serves 250 youth annually ages 0-17 throughout the city of Arlington. The goal of the From Home to Home program is to provide a safe and stable environment where children can continue to learn and attend school while their parents are assisted through Arlington Life Shelter's rehabilitative services. The program strives to provide stability and structure to children whose lives have been disrupted by homelessness and family crises such as a parent's loss of employment, mental illness, or substance abuse problems. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards case management services such as counseling, child care, transportation, and job training, as well as miscellaneous maintenance and operations.
Captain Hope's Kids
Captain Hope's Kids received funding for the "Captain Hope's Closet Program." This program serves more than 9,700 homeless/underprivileged youth annually ages 4-18 throughout North Texas. The mission of Captain Hope's Kids is to meet the critical needs of homeless children, thus helping them to overcome obstacles such as exposure to drugs and alcohol, lack of stability and routine, health concerns, poor self-esteem, a limited perspective on life, abuse and neglect, and the fear that the world is not a safe place. The closet program provides basic needs items for children living in the 40+ shelters that Captain Hope's Kids serves. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards the purchase of these items, which include diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, toiletries, school uniforms, school supplies, and backpacks.
Central Dallas Ministries
Central Dallas Ministries received funding for its Transition Resource Action Center (TRAC) Program. Last year, this program served more than 800 youth ages 14-24 in 19 North Texas Counties. This particular request will serve approximately 100 youth ages 16-20 in the same region of North Texas. TRAC exists to help young adults get a job, enroll in college, establish a home, access health care, manage a budget, connect to a caring community of adults and peers, and plan for their future. This project will give young adults in foster care more of an in-depth look at colleges in the area and the opportunities that a higher education can provide. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards college visits (van/driver rental, food, gas), a college send-off event for 70 youth, and assistance with purchasing college books and supplies.
Dallas Furniture Bank
Dallas Furniture Bank received funding for the "Dallas Mavericks Children's Furniture Project", which will provide furniture relief to 180 Dallas County children ages 0-17 and their families. The Dallas Furniture Bank receives referrals from more than 30 Dallas/Fort Worth agencies to provide basic furniture to homeless children, families, and others in need, resulting in improved self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and long-term stability. Dallas Furniture Bank serves individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, women and children trying to escape domestic violence, families below the poverty line, victims of natural disasters, and others requiring emergency assistance. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards the purchase of critically needed furniture items such as tables, chairs, beds, and cribs, as well pick up and delivery costs such as gas, maintenance, and insurance.
Head Start of Greater Dallas
Head Start of Greater Dallas received funding for its Early Childhood Math & Science Program. Annually, this program serves 1,060 children ages 3-5 from low-income families in Dallas County. Head Start of Greater Dallas provides preschool age children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life by providing comprehensive child-development services including medical and dental care, education, nutritious meals, and social services. The goal of the Early Childhood Math & Science Program is to ensure that children leave Head Start with the foundation of skills and knowledge to succeed the two subjects throughout their academic career. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards purchasing comprehensive math and science curricula material kits and disposable cameras.
North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank received funding for its "Food 4 Kids" program. This ongoing program serves 5,200 children annually ages 5-12 in 13 North Texas Counties. The North Texas Food Bank addresses the critical issue of hunger by securing donations of surplus, unmarketable, but wholesome foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations. The Food Bank passionately pursues a hunger-free community through Food 4 Kids by ensuring that children receive the nutritional food they need to grow, learn, and become productive residents of our community. Every Friday throughout the school year, children identified by school personnel as "food insecure" or "chronically hungry" receive a backpack filled with nutritious, kid-friendly, individual serving foods for themselves and their siblings. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will provide 5,000 backpacks of food to 125 children during the 2008-09 school year.
Special Care & Career Services
Special Care & Career Services received funding for its Infant Mental Health Therapy program. In 2007, this ongoing program served 570 children ages 0-3 in Dallas and Denton Counties. Special Care & Career Services provides education, therapy, and training to children and adults with developmental disabilities so they can lead fulfilling lives in their communities. The Infant Mental Health Therapy program, which is an essential component of Special Care & Career Services' Early Childhood Intervention program, serves children with developmental disabilities and/or delays such as vision impairments, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and spina bifida. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will cover infant mental health therapy for 216 babies at an average cost of $115.76 per child (622 total service hours).
2008-09 Special Projects
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (Basketball Court)
The Mesquite Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas was the beneficiary of a refurbished indoor basketball court. This court allows the Mesquite Club to expand programming so that more than 500 at-risk youth and teens ages 6 to 18 throughout Mesquite and East Dallas will have a safe place to play. In addition, the court gives the Club the ability to offer programs that enhance youth interaction and development, allowing them to make healthy choices and avoid a wide-range of high-risk behaviors. Work completed by NexCourt of Arlington included installing 5,400 square feet of maple Sport Court tiles and new wall pads, repairing 6 different goal units, painting basketball and volleyball lines and putting in 5 full-color logos. The cost of the project and incidentals was taken care of by FOX Sports Southwest, Coca-Cola and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation.
ChildCareGroup received a new and improved playground at its Anderson Child Care Center in Garland. The Anderson Center serves 120 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (ages 0-5) annually in Garland and Dallas County. Every day, ChildCareGroup offers family focused child care free of charge to more than 14,000 children from low-income households and thus has limited resources to pay for facility repairs and renovations such as this. Children are on-site 8-10 hours a day, so outdoor play and exercise are essential components of their program. Last year, the playground at the Anderson Center was removed following a state inspection that determined the equipment did not meet safety standards. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will go towards the purchase of new playground equipment and installation, paint supplies and materials, landscaping, and cleaning supplies.
Dallas Community Lighthouse (Computer Lab)
Dallas Community Lighthouse received new technology resources at its south Dallas Kids Campus. The Kids Campus programs serve 95-120 youth annually in grades K-8th that live in low-income apartment communities in Dallas. "Kids Campus" is a year round program that offers homework assistance, tutoring, technology building, and character building, all of which will help ensure that children complete their education. Dallas Community Lighthouse hopes to update the Kids Campus curriculum with the latest technology and an enhancement of the arts program. Funding from the Mavs Foundation went towards the purchase of computer desks and chairs, desktop computers, network installation, and educational software.
United Community Centers (Transportation)
United Community Centers received a new van for its "Awareness Changes Tomorrow" (ACT III) program. This ongoing program serves 238 unduplicated youth annually ages 12-17 throughout Tarrant County at three different centers. Each center is located in neighborhoods where over one third of the population lives below the poverty line. The ACT III program is dedicated to sharpening participants' social and academic skills and to enlightening the emotional and physical well being of students through various activities. It channels youth from gangs, sex, drugs, and other deviant activities after school and during the summer to a healthy, fun, and enriching environment that grooms them for academic success, physical fitness, and leadership. Funding from the Mavs Foundation went to replace UCC's 16-year-old van with over 210,000 miles with a more reliable and safer vehicle.
$25,000 Grant Recipients (7)Community Partners of Dallas
Community Partners of Dallas received funding to help stock their "Rainbow Room." This ongoing project serves more than 6,000 youth annually ages 0-17 throughout Dallas County. Community Partners of Dallas helps protect and restore the well being of abused and neglected children by providing resources to the caseworkers of Child Protective Services. The Rainbow Room provides critically needed items for children have just that day been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and have been placed in the care of relatives. Having easy access to these items decreases the likelihood of these children ending up in foster care. These critical needs items include clothing, shoes, hygiene products, diapers, formula, car seats, school supplies, and school uniforms. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will be directed towards purchasing school supplies and school uniforms.
Family Place received funding for new playground equipment at their facility. This project will serve 100 Dallas County youth annually ages 0-18 and their mothers, all who are participating in their transitional housing program. The playground, which will also include benches for the mothers, will be an essential element in helping them overcome the trauma of family violence and homelessness. The mission of Family Place is to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, advocacy, and assistance for victims and their families. Family Place programs include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, supportive living program, child development center, and community-based counseling. Funding will go towards the purchase of a playground structure and benches, including delivery and installation.
Kidney Texas, Inc.
Kidney Texas received funding for Camp Reynal at Camp John Marc in Meridian, TX. This camp serves approximately 120 youth ages 8-16 throughout Texas. Camp Reynal is a one-week summer camp that provides an essential need for children with kidney disease by offering them an educational and recreational experience they can't get anywhere else. Because children with kidney disease require daily medications, special diets, and medical treatments, they are often excluded from other camp experiences. Camp Reynal, which is the only camp in Texas that provides on-site kidney dialysis, strives to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, create a sense of independence, improve social skills, and offer a sense of hope. Funding will cover the cost of camper fees, transportation, storage rental for dialysis chairs, and camper photography during the summer of 2008.
SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center
SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center received funding for horseback riding lessons/scholarships for children with disabilities. This project will directly impact 70 youth over the next year ages 1-17 in 9 North Texas counties. SpiritHorse provides free, private therapeutic horseback riding to children will all types of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities for one year on a weekly basis. They are the only center in America that provides all these services free of charge. Their curriculum is designed to help children improve motor, speech, behavioral, and social skills to cross boundaries set by doctors, therapists, and sometime parents. In addition to the actual horseback riding, each therapy session allows the children to participate in leading, grooming, and saddling their horse or pony. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will provide weekly lessons for approximately 30 children for an entire year.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children received funding to purchase adapted daily living and mobility equipment for patients undergoing Physical and Occupational Therapy (PT/OT). This project will serve 1,020 youth annually ages 0-18 throughout the state of Texas. Adapted daily living equipment refers to medical equipment that allows children to continue everyday functioning following surgery or a procedure. This equipment is crucial to patient outcomes and to their safety and comfort during recovery. The PT/OT Departments at Texas Scottish Rite have approximately 20,000 patient visits annually. They focus on helping children gain strength, coordination, and balance while putting these assets into motion to accomplish everyday tasks. Funding will go towards purchasing toiletry and bath equipment, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, car seats, and vest belts.
Vogel Alcove received funding for their play therapy program for homeless children. This program serves approximately 100 youth annually ages 2-6 in Dallas. Vogel Alcove provides free quality childcare, social services, and developmental services for children living with in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing complexes. Their play therapy program strives to improve the social and emotional development of these children who have experienced trauma caused by domestic violence, homelessness, neglect, and abuse. Play therapists meet with each child 1-2 times a week for 20-45 minutes to monitor the child's behavior and activities to determine the best way to guide them in understanding themselves, their reality, and their world.
YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth received funding for their "New Lives/New Beginnings Childcare" program. This ongoing program serves 500 teen parents ages 12-17 and their children ages 0-5 in the Poly/Como community in East Fort Worth. The program operates an on-site childcare center on the campus of Polytechnic High School to assist teen parents with quality, full-day childcare while they complete their high school education. While it is housed in a Fort Worth ISD school, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth administers the center. The center offers pre-natal/post-partum nutrition classes, positive parenting classes, and health and wellness opportunities as well as a support network of other teen parents.
Special Project Recipients (2)
Computer Lab—Jeffries Street Learning Center
The Jeffries Street Learning Center is receiving a new computer resource center courtesy of the Mavs Foundation. They service 250 youth annually ages 5-14 in economically distressed areas of South Dallas. The Jeffries Street Learning Center serves multi-generation families by providing educational enrichment programs for both parents and their children targeted to improve their social and economic status with the ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. With new computer resources, they will expand their programming into the realms of internet safety, basic computer skills such as spreadsheets and word processing, and job search and career exploration. In all, the Mavs Foundation will provide 12 state of the art computers and related equipment, a server, a network printer, a new paint job, new carpet, and new desks and computer chairs.
Court Renovation—Oak Cliff YMCA
The Oak Cliff YMCA is the beneficiary of a refurbished outdoor basketball court courtesy of the Mavs Foundation. This court will service more than 500 youth annually ages 5-17 in South Dallas and Oak Cliff. The YMCA, the premier human development agency in North Texas, teaches values that help to strengthen and support families, help teenagers make the transition into adulthood, and create safe environments that allow individuals to develop total health. The YMCA's values embrace the universal truths inherent in relationships with others, including respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, trustworthiness, and citizenship. In all, the Mavs Foundation will provide a new all-purpose Sport Court floor, new backboards, new rims, and new goal units. The court will feature a total of 6 hoops on 5 different courts (1 full-court and 4 half-courts).
$25,000 Grant Recipients (7)Bryan's House
Bryan's House/Open Arms received funding for the installation of new carpet and baseboards inside their facility. The carpet is being installed in the residential area, day care, and administrative offices. Bryan's House provides residential services and day care for children with AIDS and supports families affected by HIV and AIDS. Bryan's House serves approximately 834 youth annually of all ages in the Greater Dallas Metropolitan area. 80% of Bryan's House's clientele live below the poverty line, and 90% are African-American and Hispanic. Child Care Group
Child Care Group received funding for a facelift for 4 of their 6 child development centers in the Dallas area. These 4 centers serve 670 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers annually in the economically challenged areas of Oak Cliff, South and East Dallas, Irving, and Garland. Child Care Group offers family focused child care free of charge and thus has limited resources to pay for facility repairs/renovations. Funding went towards the purchase of cleaning supplies, paint, painting equipment, flooring, shelving, rugs, and landscaping materials. DallasCASA
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) received funding to provide advocacy to abused and neglected children in the city of Dallas from newborn to 18 years of age. Dallas CASA provides volunteer advocates to approximately 980 victims annually; funding from the Mavs Foundation is helping to provide advocates to 14 of these children. They recruit, train, and supervise these court appointed volunteers to represent the best interests of these children by finding them safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible while protecting them from further harm. Parkland Foundation
The Parkland Foundation received funding to send burn patients to Camp I-Thonka-Chi, which means "a place that makes one strong or fearless, not afraid to face life." Camp I-Thonka-Chi serves 65-75 youth annually ages 6-18 at Camp John Marc in Meridian, TX. The camp is an opportunity for children and teens to interact with others who have sustained burn injuries and find a whole new level of acceptance. Camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, a ropes course, horseback riding, volleyball, basketball, softball, and arts and crafts are designed to enhance self-esteem, promote a sense of community, and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer support. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will cover the camp fees for 71 patients across the state of Texas. Promise House
Promise House received funding for their on-site Emergency Youth Shelter. The shelter serves 400-600 youth annually ages 10-17 in Dallas and surrounding areas. The shelter offers no-cost, teen-focused housing for 20 runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth at a time for up to 30 days. Last year, the shelter offered 5,183 total bed nights for a direct cost of $96.61 per night. This cost covers food, clothing, shelter, case management, therapy, 24-hour supervision, as well as educational and recreational activities. Funding from the Mavs Foundation will provide 259 bed nights at Promise House. Wednesday's Child Benefit Corporation
Wednesday's Child Benefit Corporation received funding to provide tutoring sessions for foster children. This project will serve 20-25 youth annually ages 6-18 in Dallas, Fort Worth, and 17 surrounding counties. Wednesday's Child is the only organization that provides funds to fulfill the specific needs of North Texas foster children. Funding will provide a total of 1,000 tutoring sessions at a maximum cost of $25 each for these abused and neglected children. Women's Center of Tarrant County The Women's Center of Tarrant County received funding for their Victimized Children Program. This initiative serves 50 youth annually ages 0-18 living in Tarrant County. The Victimized Children Program provides a spectrum of services designed to promote the healing and recovery of children who have been sexually abused or assaulted, or have experienced other violent crime. The primary service is accessible, age appropriate clinical counseling (individual, group, play therapy) provided by licensed counselors. Regular sessions are supplemented with special circumstance sessions such as hospital visits during child rape exams and accompaniment through criminal justice proceedings. Funding will provide a total of 417 therapy sessions at $60 each, split up between approximately 50 children and their families. Special Project Recipients (4)
Computer Lab - Boys & Girls Club of Arlington
The Boys & Girls Club of Arlington is receiving a new computer lab at its Southeast branch. This club services 800 youth annually, ages 6-18 in Arlington and Mansfield. With new computer resources, B&G Club of Arlington will expand their educational programming into the realms of internet safety, basic computer skills such as spreadsheets and word processing, job search and career exploration, and digital arts including graphic design and digital photography. In all, the Mavs Foundation has provided 14 state of the art computers and related equipment, a server, a network printer, new desks and computer chairs and a new paint job courtesy of Glidden/ICI Paints. Court Renovation—Dallas County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program
The Dallas County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program is the beneficiary of a refurbished gymnasium courtesy of the Mavs Foundation. This gym services 300 youth ages 10-17 on a monthly basis in Dallas county. The Dallas County JJAEP serves as the last stop for troubled teens that have behavioral issues before being placed in a residential facility by the Juvenile Justice System. In all, the Mavs Foundation has provided a new all-purpose Sport Court floor, new backboards, rims, and goal units, and new bleachers. A special thank you to Fox Sports Net, Sprite, and NexCourt for their support of this project. Mavs Themed Room—Presbyterian Hospital of Plano
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano received funding for the creation of a Dallas Mavericks Room on the pediatric floor of the hospital. The pediatric wing at Presbyterian serves 750 youth annually of various ages from the Plano, North Dallas, Frisco, Carrollton, and The Colony areas. The funding has gone to renovate a patient room in a way that will provide comfort through artistically designed and colorful surroundings. This room would be Mavs and basketball themed room that will provide strength and encouragement to children in their recovery and fight against illness. Funding has specifically been used for exterior and interior room painting, furniture, flooring, and fabrics. Vaccination Van—Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Inc.
The Caring for Children Foundation of Texas received funding from both the Mavs Foundation and the Woodall Foundation for the creation of a Care Van sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. The Care Van is a mobile immunization unit that provides flu shots and other infectious disease prevention services to youth that don't otherwise have access to such resources. This van will serve approximately 10,000 youth in the DFW area annually, ages 4-18. The van's design has incorporated both the Mavs Foundation and Woodall Foundation logos and is fully equipped with all necessary medical supplies.
Buckner Children and Family Services of North Texas will receive new computers for the Vickery After School Program & Computer Lab. More than 60 youth ages 5-17 participate in Buckner After School Programs and teen programs each day. The majority of these youth are from low-income, primarily Hispanic families in East Dallas. These programs provide at-risk youth a healthy, constructive alternative to juvenile delinquency. They use the computer lab to complete homework assignments and to use educational enrichment software and English as a Second Language software. The grant provides for 11 new computers with updated software as well as program support. (Computer Reading/Learning Center)
Captain Hope's Kids
Captain Hope's Kids received funding for the Captain's Hopes Closet Program which serves approximately 80 children ages 4-18 during a six month time frame. The program provides homeless children with basic items needed for them to attend and stay in school, including backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms. They provide these supplies to families residing in 39 local shelters. ($25,000)
Dallas Bethlehem Center
Dallas Bethlehem Center will receive a new gymnasium floor. The gymnasium will serve 2400 youth ages 1-21 in South Dallas during the year. The gym will provide a safe haven for the youth of South Dallas and help in the prevention of teen pregnancy, gang affiliation, truancy and delinquency. Dallas Bethlehem Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the children in this community by providing holistic services for each child's educational, physical, emotional, social, moral and spiritual needs. (New Sport Court floor)
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC)
DCAC received funding for the DCAC Therapy Program which helps approximately 45 child abuse victims. Each therapy session costs DCAC about $50 and the grant would provide roughly 500 sessions or an average of 12 sessions for 42 child abuse victims. The focus of the therapy program is to help child abuse victims heal from their abuse and restore their emotional functioning through highly specialized therapeutic counseling. The therapists work on complex issues stemming from abuse including trust, shame, embarrassment, safety and rebuilding their self-esteem. ($25,000)
Family Gateway received funding for the Playground Project which would serve 400-450 youth ages 2-17 in Dallas per year. Family Gateway Center provides comprehensive services to children whose families are in crisis: counseling, temporary housing, job search and placement assistance, transitional living apartments and community transition services. Currently, the children at this facility play in a fenced, enclosed courtyard with 25 year old playground equipment. They are going to pour a new concrete subsurface over which a child-safe surfacing will be installed and install new playground equipment and a basketball goal. This allows the children to spend more time outside and have more mental and physical stimulation.($25,000)
Low Birth Weight Development Center (LBWDC)
LBWDC is received funding for classroom furnishings for the new center currently being built. LBWDC serves approximately 185 high-risk, low birth weight infants from birth to age three and their low-income, mostly Hispanic parents. Through social service support, they seek to reduce the incidence of repeat teen pregnancy as well as repeat low birth weight deliveries. The grant will be used to furnish the infant/toddler classrooms and provide learning materials for the children. ($25,000)
Texas Home Access Fund
Texas Home Access Fund received funding for ongoing home access projects for individuals who could not otherwise afford it. HAF works on the homes of 2-3 families per month, serving close to 30 children per year. The majority of their projects so far have been for families with children under 19. This year, HAF has set a goal of 40 projects. Their mission is to improve the quality of life and increase independence for physically challenged individuals and their families. The families are located through organizations such as Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This is the only organization of its kind in North Texas. ($25,000)