Summary of 2021 Qlarant Grant Awards
Summary of 2021 Qlarant Grant Awards
Bright Beginning’s services are dedicated exclusively to families experiencing homelessness. The Health and Therapeutic Services Program addresses families’ wellness and identifies mental health issues and developmental delays early so that children can develop with confidence and be ready for kindergarten. The therapeutic service team includes clinical psychologists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists who work with children, teachers and parents to provide in-service training, classroom interventions and ongoing consultations.
Community Free Clinic is a safety net provider for uninsured Washington County residents. The majority of the patients suffer with chronic diseases tied to cardiovascular health. By providing healthcare at no cost to the medically uninsured, the Clinic combats chronic disease, mental health, and other health issues while striving to make the community, as a whole, healthier and stronger. The Clinic also provides reproductive health services to a growing number of teenagers and young adults.
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their futures. The Silver Spring office helps refugees become economically self-sufficient and socially integrated in communities in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The Bridge to Health Care Initiative for Victims of Human Trafficking will assist clients to access health insurance, create a health care navigation plan based on individual needs, connect clients to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services, and connect highly medically vulnerable clients to specialty health care services.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Maryland strives to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness and their families across Maryland, including all socioeconomic, race, ethnic, gender, and other statuses. Qlarant Foundation is providing funding for the Peer Support and Education for People Affected by Mental Illness Program. The program also includes special workshops and initiatives for community and service providers who interact with families affected by mental illness as well as a range of written and internet-based resource materials to link individuals to appropriate resources in their local communities.
Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s S4 Program (Shelter-Stability-Support-Success) provides temporary shelter, case management, educational programming, relapse prevention support, and access to mental health services and grief counseling to people facing homelessness on Maryland’s Mid-Shore. With the opening of a second shelter facility, approximately 70 individuals and family members, ranging in age from newborn to early seventies, will benefit from the services of the S4 Program.
The House DC is a neighborhood center that provides high school students with a safe place to meet after school to participate in enriching activities. Operating since 1999, the mission of The House DC is to provide an opportunity for inner city youth and their families to connect to Christ through creative programs that meet both physical and spiritual needs. Its vision is to transform and empower the lives of inner-city youth and their families by giving them hope, a productive future and a changed community.
Qlarant Foundation’s grant is for the on-line Community Wellness Program. The focus of this program is on health; making sure people are healthy and COVID free, that there is heat and enough food in the home, and that students are doing their homework and attending school.
There Goes My Hero is a Baltimore-based organization whose mission is to “Save lives. Provide hope. Help those impacted by blood cancer.” Qlarant Foundation is providing support for Color the Registry Program. The Program seeks to diversify the bone marrow donor registry so that it reflects the demographics of the United States at large, offering hope to all patients in need of a bone marrow transplant, no matter their ethnic or racial background. The organization will expand its efforts by hosting bone marrow registry drives and fundraisers, with an annual goal of adding 600 new donors to the registry and educating 1,000 people about the need for bone marrow donors.
The Bay Hundred Community Volunteers have over 21 years of experience with home repair projects in Talbot County. With a grant from the Qlarant Foundation, the organization began installing modular aluminum wheelchair ramps in 2020. The ramps are light and easy to assemble. This makes it possible to install more ramps and respond more quickly to requests for them. The Modular Wheelchair Ramp Program eliminates barriers to obtaining medical care for residents with functional disabilities and contributes to a better quality of life.
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 and facilitates access to lifesaving breast cancer screening services in the medically underserved population by removing barriers to these services. With Qlarant Foundation’s support, the organization successfully launched their Mobile Mammography Program, expanding access to critical lifesaving mammography screening to significantly more women across the District of Columbia and Maryland.
The organization’s work includes patient navigation and care coordination from the initiation of screening through any follow up treatment needed. 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.
Qlarant Foundation continues to provide funding for “Increasing Access to High Quality Breast Imaging for Medically Underserved Women” at both its fixed and mobile locations.
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.
Camp Attaway’s therapeutic summer camp program is designed to help children often left to fail in existing programs that are not designed to meet their needs. The aim of Camp Attaway is to achieve growth and a better understanding of self and others at home, in school and in the community while having fun. Attaway also supports families by providing both parent education and support groups conducted by a child psychologist.
Critical Repairs, Caroline County is a community service organization dedicated to improving healthy lifestyles and increasing quality of life for low-income Caroline County homeowners. Qlarant Foundation is providing support for a program to meet medical necessity needs for disabled clients. The Critical Home Accessibility Health-Benefit Modifications/Repairs of Private Homes Program embarks on such projects as building ramps, remodeling bathrooms to make them accessible, providing safe/sanitary drinking water, and installing new roofs to eliminate health hazardous mold.
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 Community Health Outreach Workers Program focuses on advancing health equity, reducing racial and health disparities among marginalized populations, improving quality healthcare access, and improving health outcomes in underserved areas. The program is operated by non-clinical trusted members of the community who have personal experiences with chronic disease and care management. 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 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. When possible, the organization also holds monthly Saturday Game Days to keep girls engaged on the weekends.
At Girls in the Game, every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength, and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health, and leadership programs. Girls in the Game offers year-round programs as well as one-day events. Each program offers participants the opportunity to be physically active, learn about healthy lifestyle choices, and improve their leadership in a safe, all-girl setting. The programming also includes Days of Play, Teen Club, Sports and Leadership Summer Camp, and Girls’ Triathlon Team.
The Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health is a safe haven dedicated to improving the maternal health and well-being of women on the Lower Eastern Shore. Project H.O.P.E. (Holistic Opportunities for Prevention and Education) provides access to high quality prenatal medical services and parental education, safeguards the health and safety of newborns, removes barriers to access of services and continuity of care, and provides professionally facilitated mental health services though targeted support groups.
Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Qlarant Foundation continues its support of the Health Insurance Services and Oral Health Care Program for men and women who are experiencing substance use disorders, homelessness and poverty. The organization partners with the University of Maryland School of Dentistry to provide oral health education, screening, case management, and dental treatment which includes preventive as well as restorative oral health care.
The mission of Miriam’s Kitchen is to end chronic homelessness in Washington, DC by honoring their guests’ dignity, encouraging a sense of belonging, and bringing about lasting change. The Qlarant Foundation continues its support of the Social Services Program. This program improves access to medical and behavioral health care, helps people move off the streets and into permanent supportive housing, helps people obtain Social Security income, and helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 among an extremely vulnerable population.
Talbot County Empty Bowls is an independent, totally volunteer, grassroots organization with the twin mission to eliminate hunger insecurity one bowl at a time and to raise awareness in the community of this serious and fundamental issue in our midst. The organization conducts fund-raisers and donates the proceeds to ten food pantries in Talbot County. Fund-raisers include annual Sunday night soup suppers and sale of pottery bowls at farmers’ markets.
The Ulman Foundation built the Ulman House for the residential program for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and caregivers. The purposes of the program are to reduce the financial burden of AYA cancer patients during cancer treatment, and to allow them greater access to the highest quality care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the university of Maryland Medical Center and the Maryland Proton Treatment Center. In addition, the program results in reduced stress and reduced isolation for the patients. Patient Navigation services are also available to the residents of Ulman House, specializing in the needs of AYA patients and their special circumstances such as fertility preservation, and difficulty coping with a life interrupted in its prime.
Qlarant Foundation continues support for the University Legal Services Jail and Prison Advocacy Project (JPAP) to continue re-entry work to promote access to community-based health care and mental health care for District of Columbia residents with mental illness who have been incarcerated in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities. The program increases access to health care and improves the quality of health care and other services for both the individuals and the community. Housing has been added to the program, which enables participants to take advantage of all health care services by bringing stability and additional support to those who have been chronically homeless.
Once again the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Breathmobile Program has received the Qlarant Foundation’s Goldgeier Award. The Breathmobile takes asthma care directly to students in Baltimore City schools and provides free preventive care to high-risk underserved children with asthma. The program results in improvement in asthma outcomes, including decreased hospitalizations, decreased emergency department visits, decreased missed school days, improved use of preventive asthma medications and improvement in asthma control.