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Carey Services has been providing care and support to both families and individuals with disabilities since 1954. The organization is community driven to assist in turning abilities and barriers into opportunities by providing individualized services, education and advocacy. The level and type of care provided by Carey is on individual basis, giving clients and families agency to create a plan that is specific to their particular needs. One of the common needs among consumers is transportation, which allows them to integrate into the community. The Marion Public Transportation system is unreliable and only available on a limited schedule. Using public transportation for things that require a time frame, such as jobs or interviews, is nearly impossible. A supplementary form of transportation for clients is greatly needed. The Indiana Department of Transportation awarded Carey Services with 4 buses to provide relief to clients in need of reliable transportation. Two buses are based in Grant County and two in Wabash. The total cost of the buses is $208,000 and the department was willing to cover 80% of that cost, leaving the other 20% to Carey. Carey Services reached out to the Community Foundation to participate in the Crowdfunding Grant Cycle in April to help cover the...

One of Marion’s oldest neighborhoods, Euclid Avenue, has stood for 100 years. In that time, the neighborhood has always been lined with beautiful overgrown trees that surround the space. The trees combined with the architecturally creative build of each home has made Euclid a source of prime real estate. Many of the trees in the historic area were planted when the original homes were built and have naturally died or been blown over due to excessive winds. This neighborhood prides itself on the foliage that lines the little community. Dead trees take away some of that beauty. The Euclid Neighborhood Association was born out of a desire to create a lasting sense of community and provide a certain level of care to the neighborhood that might otherwise get overlooked. Replacing old and dead trees with the intent of restoring the neighborhood to its former self is just part of that goal for the association. The Association came together to create an in depth plan to plant new trees by replacing and removing the dead ones. To do this, they needed to get the entire neighborhood on board and create outside partnerships within the community. The City of Marion provided all the necessary equipment and...

Many studies show that ‘play’ is a vital activity for children when learning how to manage their emotions, interact with the world, develop and use cognitive skills. Play provides an outlet for children to gain and cultivate their mental, physical and social skills. Marion, Indiana has long experienced a lack of indoor play options, which is vital for a town that experiences wintry weather for over half of the year. Local churches saw a need in the community and began working together in 2018 to create a safe play environment for children, known as WonderSpace, to enjoy during the cold months of Fall and Winter. WonderSpace serves families with children ranging from preschool to 4th grade by providing a mobile play pop-up environment to engage young children in learning through play by using their imagination and keeping active. It is a place where children are able to develop and challenge their cognitive, physical, emotional and social health in a play environment. One of the goals of WonderSpace is to create a place that children can use and cultivate their skills all year around in a safe and inclusive environment. Currently, the pop-up play offers three main types of play: Cardboard City, Imagination Playground, and...

Affordable and easy access to healthcare in the United States is shockingly low. Many families simply cannot afford the added cost. Luckily, there are organizations in place that offer relief and care to families who would otherwise lack the resources to live a healthier life. Bridges to Health, a non-profit charitable clinic, has been open since 2005. The clinic serves those in the community who cannot afford health insurance by providing primary care in both health and dental. The organization receives zero federal funding and is supported through donations from individuals, companies, foundations, and local churches. Because of donations from the various businesses, individuals and organizations across Grant County, “Bridges to Health has continued to grow and expand.” – Kelley Hochstetler, Bridges to Health Board President. The Community Foundation and Bridges to Health have shared a thriving relationship since the clinic first opened their doors in 2005. Over the years, the contributions that have been made helped the clinic successfully serve around 4,000 clients in Grant County. The clinic and the foundation hold a strong desire to transform the community through health and well-being. By providing access to medical services in the county, a partnership driven by change and making this community thrive is...

Whites Residential Social Services partnered with the Grant County Rescue Mission in 2017 to form an initiative called the Nurturing Fathers program designed to reconnect fathers with their children and strengthen familial relationships. Steve Hatland, head of the Nurturing Fathers program and senior Family Specialist at Whites has been with the organization for over a decade. Hatland travels to the Rescue Mission once a month to meet with, advise, and counsel fathers on how to re-engage with their children in healthy ways. “This program provides the community with the opportunity to put its values of healthy family life into action and demonstrate the value it sees in its fathers as parents and teachers.” -Steve Hatland Many of the fathers in the program are unable to provide for their families for various reasons. Nurturing Fathers focuses on the love shared between families and works to address the factors that prevent the father from caring for himself and his children while moving toward a direction of stability. According to a study done in 2017, 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. Those statistics show an obvious need for support and guidance. This program helps bring hope to children and families by bringing fathers back into...

Whites Residential Social Services partnered with the Grant County Rescue Mission in 2017 to form an initiative called the Nurturing Fathers program designed to reconnect fathers with their children and strengthen familial relationships. Steve Hatland, head of the Nurturing Fathers program and senior Family Specialist at Whites has been with the organization for over a decade. Hatland travels to the Rescue Mission once a month to meet with, advise, and counsel fathers on how to re-engage with their children in healthy ways. “This program provides the community with the opportunity to put its values of healthy family life into action and demonstrate the value it sees in its fathers as parents and teachers.” -Steve Hatland Many of the fathers in the program are unable to provide for their families for various reasons. Nurturing Fathers focuses on the love shared between families and works to address the factors that prevent the father from caring for himself and his children while moving toward a direction of stability. According to a study done in 2017, 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. Those statistics show an obvious need for support and guidance. This program helps bring hope to children and families by bringing fathers back into...

Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County is a non-profit collective impact process enabling grant county community members to come together and address complex social issues across different sectors. There are three networks that the collective focuses on, community development, family well-being and talent pipeline. Each network branches off into other areas of focus to create a thriving community and environment in grant county. The Quality of Life and Place group is part of the Community Development network which is dedicated to growing a sense of community by updating quality of life in the area. One way to do that is by restoring neighborhoods that have fallen into disarray or spicing up existing locations to bring people in. The organization requested funding from the Community Foundation to restore and beautify the corner of 5th and Washington, which is a major corner in the downtown Marion area. The project is called 5th Street Commons, which is a public space for gathering and community engagement possibilities, such as holding markets or festivals to promote a sense of community. “By providing this money, you would be providing the citizens of Marion with a new space to enjoy and another reason to be proud of their city.” – Cathy Weatherspoon,...

Marion PAL Judo Club has been in operation for over 20 years. For the staff and athletes, Judo is a way of life, a way of being that focuses on respect and discipline. Learning Judo goes beyond simple self-defense, it can give a competitive edge to college or military applications, build a strong work ethic, and create an ethical value system in youth and children. The organization is an important outlet for youth and children within the community. The Judo Club is self-funded and run on an entirely volunteer basis. Income gained comes in from tournaments and sponsors both on a corporate and individual level. All income generated is distributed to program features according to need. The club offers a cost free option to children and youth that might not have been able to afford the classes otherwise. The costs that are covered by the complimentary option include, buying uniforms, entry fees, med supplies, membership insurance and promotion fees. Bruce Bender, Senior Instructor for Marion PAL Judo Club, contacted the Community Foundation to obtain a fund that would support all that comes with the cost free option for potential students in need. “We want to provide this education and opportunity to as many...

Marion Design Co. is a creative studio and branch of IWU’s Division of Art and Design, co-founded by three of IWU’s professors in the division. Marion Design hopes to create relevant and sustainable design solutions to propel the community forward. Which is why partnering with the City of Marion makes the most sense to have the greatest impact. In 2016 Design Co began work with the City of Marion to develop, design, and implement a new brand for the city itself. Part of the re-branding process was to create a brand new multilayered website design. The website is meant to give both the residents and government a clear platform to communicate certain interests or concerns. Herb Vincent Peterson, one of the co-founding professors from IWU at Marion Design Co, believes that having a working website for the community is vital to positive growth. “A website for a community is one of the most important elements in how we communicate our identity, tell our story, and inspire the community into thriving lives. In many ways, it is our welcome mat to our community.” – Herb Vincent Peterson, Chief Design Officer at Marion Design Co. The rebranding project is led by the founders of Design Co,...

Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction worked for years to implement a statewide system of care (SOC) designed to improve access to quality mental health and addiction services for children, youth and families. Grant Counties local SOC is known as Community Connection, which was created by the local governance board in an attempt to educate and encourage the community by joining the efforts of the SOC. The purpose of the SOC local governance board is to provide oversight and leadership to communities that will create a central point to access of care. The board is charged with identifying gaps in service, collaborating with service providers and bringing new programs to the community. Community Connection partnered with the local organization, Family Services Society of grant county, to help fulfill their mission. Family Services is a multifaceted organization that seeks to educate, empower, and encourage all residents to help change their lives for good. This desire to better the community is matched by the SOC’s desire to provide services for addiction and mental health. Family Services Society, Dana Gault, System of Care Coordinator contacted the community foundation during the October grant cycle to obtain funding for marketing the SOC and the access site. “We would be...