New Grantees

Bay Hundred Community Volunteers — Award Amount: $15,000

Bay Hundred Community Volunteers has been providing home repair services for the residents of Talbot County for over 20 years. They specialize in building wheelchair ramps to eliminate barriers to obtaining medical care for residents with functional disabilities and to reduce isolation and loneliness. The organization is modernizing its program to build modular aluminum ramps. These ramps are light, easy to assemble and can be re-used. Volunteers can construct more ramps and can respond more quickly to requests.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono — Award Amount: $15,000

The Child Advocacy Program was established to address the dramatic increase in requests for legal assistance for families with children impacted by the opioid crisis. The program provides “Kinship Care” to caregivers, such as grandparents, other relatives or neighbors who are seeking legal custody of a minor child whose parents are unable to care for them as a result of opioid addiction. Without legal custody, caregivers may be prevented from providing healthcare and education for the children. Having legal custody is required to obtain mental health treatment, school enrollment, and permission to participate in school activities such as field trips and extracurricular activities. Mid-Shore Pro Bono provides free direct legal representation for caregivers seeking third party custody of children impacted by the opioid crises.

Talbot County Empty Bowls — Award Amount: $5,000

Talbot County Empty Bowls is an independent, totally volunteer, grassroots organization with the twin mission to strive to eliminate hunger insecurity “one bowl at a time” and to raise awareness in the community of this serious and fundamental issue.

Ulman Foundation — Award Amount: $15,000

Ulman House is a free-of-charge residential program for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and their caregivers. The program reduces the financial burden of patients during their cancer treatment and allows them greater access to quality care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Maryland Proton Treatment Center.

Ulman’s Patient Navigation program is also available to Ulman House residents. It specializes in the needs of the AYA patients and their special circumstances. These include fertility preservation, coping with a life interrupted in its prime and the additional age-group appropriate resources needed to support their cancer journey.

Previously Funded Grantees

Breast Care for Washington, DC — Award Amount: $40,000

Breast Care for Washington, DC is committed to reducing breast cancer mortality by promoting access to breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment to all women regardless of their ability to pay. With Qlarant Foundation’s support in 2019, the organization successfully launched the Mobile Mammography Program, expanding access to critical lifesaving mammography screening to significantly more women across the District of Columbia and Maryland.

In addition, the fixed site continues to bring high quality screening and diagnostic services to a vulnerable population that has limited access to medical services. By ensuring that as many women as possible are able to access mammography screenings, Breast Care for Washington, DC seeks to detect cancers in the earliest stages possible, when it is highly treatable resulting in the best health outcomes possible.

Calvary Women’s Services — Award Amount: $20,000

Calvary Women’s Services empowers homeless women in Washington, DC, to transform their lives through housing, health, education and employment programs. Qlarant Foundation supports the expansion of the Holistic Health Program to serve more women at the new housing program, Reach Up. The program includes personalized case management, life skills and education opportunities, job training and placement services, health and wellness services, on-site therapy and daily addiction recovery meetings.

Camp Attaway — Award Amount: $30,000

Camp Attaway’s mission is to nurture the mind, the body, and the spirit of children who are at risk because of an inability to manage their emotions and behaviors. This therapeutic program serves children ages 7-13 with complex emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom carry multiple diagnoses.

These conditions include post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, fetal alcohol, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and oppositional and intermittent explosive disorders. At Camp Attaway, children learn how to break out of their negative cycles and learn how to recognize and control their emotions and behaviors while enjoying sports, nature, art, rock climbing, and swimming.

Deep Roots — Award Amount: $20,000

Deep Roots is doing everything possible to help permanently end homelessness in Cecil County. The “Surviving to Thriving” project provides a comprehensive employment program to all families who come to the shelter as well as extends full support services to families who have moved offsite and back into the community. These services include food, clothing, case management, community resource support, educational opportunities, as well as outings, school supplies, mentors and tutors for the children.

Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions, Inc. — Award Amount: $25,000

Eastern Shore Wellness Solutions is a community-based, health equity advocate created to influence change and advance racial equity for all marginalized and underserved populations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore through awareness, education and outreach. Qlarant Foundation supports the Community Health Outreach Workers Program to improve health care delivery to the disadvantaged populations in Dorchester and Caroline counties. The program provides care coordination for English and Spanish speaking participants and their primary care providers. The focus of the program is on families impacted by chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

Girls in the Game — Award Amount: $10,000

Girls in the Game promotes the health and wellness of girls of color in underserved communities in Baltimore City by providing education and fitness programming at no cost to participants. The curriculum addresses significant issues such as smart eating, body image, bullying, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, diversity, and goal setting.

In addition to the Baltimore After School Program, Girls in the Game has expanded its program to include Teen Squad, a city-wide leadership program for teen age girls. The organization also holds monthly Saturday Game Days to keep girls engaged on the weekends.

Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health — Award Amount: $15,000

Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health is a safe haven dedicated to improving the maternal health and well-being of women in the community. The programs ensure that pregnant women and women of childbearing age gain the skills necessary for continued success and growth. Qlarant continues support for Project H.O.P.E. (Holistic Opportunities for Prevention and Education). Women in this project receive the benefits of high quality, evidence-based client care programs to close the gap in medical and behavioral health services throughout the Lower Eastern Shore.

Helping Up Mission — Award Amount: $25,000

Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Qlarant Foundation continues to support Health Insurance Services and Oral Health Care for men and women who are experiencing substance use disorders, homelessness and poverty and are participating in long-term residential addiction recovery programs at Helping Up Mission.

Miriam’s Kitchen — Award Amount: $25,000

Miriam’s Kitchens’ mission is to end chronic homelessness in the District of Columbia by honoring guests’ dignity, encouraging a sense of belonging and bringing about lasting change. The Social Services Program improves access to behavioral and physical health services for a high-risk population of older adults who are homeless and disabled by serious mental illness, chronic medical problems and substance use disorders.

As part of the implementation of the program, Miriam’s Kitchen invites their guests to the dining room for a meal, where doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and lawyers are on hand to help them. In addition, the organization provides them a wide range of essential services from clean clothes and toiletries to mail pickup and voice mail.

Shepherd’s Clinic — Award Amount: $15,000

Shepherd’s Clinic provides comprehensive health care and wellness services for underserved adults in Baltimore who cannot afford commercial insurance, yet do not qualify for government assistance. Qlarant Foundation continues its support of the Behavioral Health Program, which was expanded to include primary care for opioid treatment. The program assesses patients’ mental health needs and provides psychotherapy and psychiatry services, treatment, case management resources and psycho-education sessions.

University Legal Services, Inc. — Award Amount: $25,000

The University Legal Services’ Jail and Prison Advocacy Project (JPAP) promotes access to community-based health care and mental health care by District of Columbia residents with mental illness who are incarcerated in DC and in Federal Bureau of Prison facilities throughout the country.

JPAP provides transition services prior to and following release, which are critical to ensure individuals’ access to physical and mental health care and facilitates reestablishment of their community ties upon release. JPAP helps people reconnect with their former providers or identify new ones and advocates for more intensive mental health services if needed.

University of Maryland Medical System Foundation Breathmobile — Award Amount: $40,000

The mission of the Breathmobile program is to provide free asthma specialty care services to underserved Baltimore City children, with the goal of controlling their chronic, incurable medical condition and enabling them to stay in school and lead full, productive lives.

Qlarant Foundation continues support for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Breathmobile Program. The University of Maryland Medical System Foundation received the annual Goldgeier Award for the Breathmobile Program. The Breathmobile provides free treatment and preventive care to high- risk underserved children with asthma that results in improvement in asthma outcomes. These outcomes include decreased hospitalizations, decreased emergency department visits, increased use of preventive asthma treatments, improved school attendance and improved quality of life.