Summary of 2022 Qlarant Grant Awards
Summary of 2022 Qlarant Grant Awards
Bringing Hope Home introduces new resources and social services to families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. The Light of Hope Family Program that will be supported by the grant from the Qlarant Foundation increases the access and availability of referral to programs while assisting patients in the fight for their lives.
CCI Health Services helps pregnant women better manage their health during and after pregnancy, by providing nutrition education, dental care, breast feeding information, behavioral health visits and pediatric care. Women receive a health assessment, after which they “Circle Up” to participate in interactive activities and group discussions focused on prenatal and infant health and postpartum depression.
Critchlow Atkins Children’s Centers strive to provide many daily opportunities for children to grow and develop as individuals and explore the world around them. Through the “Yoga for Kids” program, funded by Qlarant Foundation, children learn simple breathing and stretching techniques and mediation strategies that they will use in their everyday life.
The Qlarant Foundation grant will support the Helping Hands Revolving Loan Fund which provides homeowners a way to affordably complete critical health and safety repairs on their homes. These repairs can immediately alleviate the physical threats posed and mental stress caused by living in poor conditions.
Jubilee Association of Maryland removes barriers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Asian and Hispanic communities in Montgomery County.
Better Hearing and Speech – provided hearing aids for those who cannot afford them. An all-volunteer program that provides hearing aids free of charge to those who cannot afford them in the Mid-Shore of Maryland. Hearing aids promote better health, speech and hearing.
Reach Out and Read Washington, DC supports the early relationships that bolster overall healthy development in children. The program helps with the identification of social needs and social drivers of health and fosters early brain development in children, intentional skill-building in parents, and positive bonding between children and families.
Rebuilding Together, Kent County works in partnership with community volunteers and local contractors to provide home repairs, accessibility modifications and links to community resources to keep low-income homeowners living safely and independently in their homes.
Rebuilding Together, Montgomery County’s Safe and Healthy Home Project targets significant safety and health hazards based on the Eight Principles of Healthy Homes – keep the home dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, maintained and thermally controlled.
Serves and enhances the quality of life of under-resourced residents of the Bay Hundred Area of Talbot County. The food distribution program provides healthy and nutritious pantry bags and hot meals to the community.
The Grassroot Project addresses the urgent need for health education and promotion by partnering college athletes with middle schools to provide innovative, evidence-based programming for underserved teens. The program also addresses health literacy through the health education model.
WGP Warriors Against Addiction supports economic stability for individuals transitioning from rehabilitation facilities, and educates the community in ways to reinforce recovery. The Boots on the Ground Program is committed to decreasing deaths caused by homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues in the tri-county area of the Lower Eastern Shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help and Outreach Point of Entry has served the poor and homeless of the Tri-County area of the Lower Eastern Shore since 2007. This is accomplished through outreach to the homeless, assessments of needs and eligibility, guidance and education, assistance with obtaining documents, facilitating access to medication and treatment, referrals for other necessary services, and other support to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
The program has been expanded to include Adult Dental Health Outreach activities, while continuing to support clients with medical assessments, health education and screening, referrals to healthcare treatment and guidance to improve their health status.
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.
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.
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.
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.