Instruction does much,
but encouragement everything.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
2017 Grant recipients of the Stockel Family Foundation
Foothill Family Service
Founded in 1926, the Foothill Family Service seeks to empower at-risk children and their families through community-based services, such as play therapy and parenting education. Foothill Family helps more than 22,000 people every year. We chose to support the Healthy Families America program (HFA). HFA is an evidence-based early childhood home visiting model for working with overburdened families who are at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). Lack of affordable housing, substance abuse, economic stress, inadequate health and childcare, and chaotic social supports can make life overwhelming for new parents. When parents can’t cope they often take it out on those least able to defend themselves – their children. Regular and voluntary home visits are one of the most effective ways to nurture the parent-child relationship to promote well-being and prevent ACE’s, especially child abuse and neglect. HFA’s mission is to ensure that all children receive nurturing care from their family, which is essential to leading a healthy and productive life. Recent SFF grant: 2016 to the Early Start Head Start Program.
Blind Children’s Center
A school committed to the support of blind or visually-impaired children (ages 0 to 7), the Blind Children’s Center has adopted a distinctively progressive approach to its mission. The Center teaches visually-impaired children alongside their sighted peers (often siblings or children from the local community), providing them all with an enhanced education in the process. The visually-impaired children are given the chance to interact with and learn socially and academically from their sighted peers, while the sighted children develop an acute sense of awareness and empathy. The Center also recently launched a first-of-its-kind Social Skills Program, and we were excited to help make its second year possible. Visually-impaired children face unique barriers in their development of social and emotional skills, such as their inability to make eye contact, and this innovative program is designed to bridge the gap and equip them with crucial coping mechanisms. Recent SFF grants: 2016, 2015
24th Street Theater Company
For nearly 20 years, 24th Street Theater has been an award-winning theater and leading provider of arts education in Los Angeles. Its mission is to engage, educate and provoke a diverse community with a wide and ‘eclectic’ array of high-quality artistic programming. In particular, the organization introduces over 13,000 children from traditionally under served communities to the dramatic arts every year, and is also considered a national pioneer in theater for young audiences. Our grant will support the development and production of a world premiere play, ICE, for the 20th Anniversary Season. ICE tells the story of the problems that face immigrants in the United States who find themselves in jeopardy of being deported. We feel very strongly that will both comfort and support the low income community that we serve, especially the children. 24th Street theater productions often travel nationally and internationally. A production like this can create empathy and understanding of this issue to the world at large. Recent SFF grants: 2016
Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center
The Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center provides aid to families with young children (ages 2 to 7) who are experiencing difficulty in social and emotional development, including those with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays. The Center remains the only organization in Los Angeles that helps children with special needs by treating the entire family, with the goal of empowering them to achieve their potential for life-long growth. Cheerful Helpers does not turn away families who are unable to pay, and maintains a staff ratio of 1:2 to ensure the highest quality of care is provided at all times. Our grant this year is unrestricted. Recent SFF grants: 2016
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation
An award-winning collection of pediatric hospitals, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation recently celebrated 100 years of being ‘100 percent dedicated to kids’. The Foundation is Georgia’s largest healthcare provider for children, with over 60 pediatric specialties, and provides care irrespective of a family’s financial circumstances. Our grant supports the expansion of the Music Therapy Program—currently operating in the rehabilitative and cancer units—into the intensive care units. This wonderful program uses music and art to rehabilitate, soothe and empower young patients. The activities available include music improvisation, song writing and performance, while the program’s numerous benefits range from mood elevation to pain relief.
TreePeople was born from the efforts of a teenager over 40 years ago. It seems fitting that the organization was chosen as a grant recipient by the Foundation’s youngest trustee. TreePeople inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. They unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. They work with volunteer leaders using a unique Citizen Forester model, and influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles.
Santa Monica Mountains Fund
Selected for an unrestricted grant by a member of our Junior Board who treasures the Santa Monica Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund works to protect and encourage appreciation and understanding of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The Fund achieves this by supporting National Park Service efforts in education, science, research, improved facilities, citizen engagement, stewardship and philanthropy. In addition, the Fund sponsors research projects, internships and provides stipends to augment the staffing resources available to successfully complete these projects.
The Drake House is the only agency to provide short term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless single mothers and their children in North Metro Atlanta. The program is designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. SFF funds will be used towards the acquisition of the Drake Village, a sixteen-unit apartment complex which will double the capacity and provide a new program of transitional affordable housing for up to 24 months for successful Drake House graduates.The new program will allow the mothers to become more economically self-sufficient with career advancement and allow pre-school children to move from expensive day care to full-day public school. The program also keeps the children in a familiar, safe and sanitary housing environment.
PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENTS OF THE STOCKEL FAMILY FOUNDATION
Westside Children’s Center
The Westside Children’s Center is committed to ending inter-generational poverty, abuse and neglect within families, ultimately aiming to cultivate a stimulating, healthy and sustainable environment in which children feel capable of expressing both their creativity and their intelligence. The Center’s programs are specifically designed to develop and strengthen in at-risk children certain key skills and qualities, such as optimism and resilience, which can be applied throughout their lives to achieve success. Our donation was made to maintain the comprehensive assistance provided to families with children aged 0 to 5. The WCC understands that support networks act as a protective factor against child maltreatment and so tries to provide this network for families. The assistance includes an array of services, such as access to the Center’s two full-time public health nurses, mental health consultations and nutrition education.
Hope Street Family Center
The Hope Street Family Center is a program run by the California Hospital Medical Center, currently providing assistance to 2,500 families in Central and South Los Angeles. The program runs multiple initiatives that comprehensively and holistically address child and family welfare. Their work has received national recognition from groups such as the After school Alliance for successfully incorporating health care into the fabric of its communities. Of these initiatives, we supported the School Readiness program, which delivers full-day, center-based schooling to children (ages 0 to 5), helping them build the best possible foundation for their future education. It primarily provides academic support, encourages positive relations with both peers and adults and, more broadly, promotes family stability and establishes open communication between parents and schools.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Every year, Atlanta Community Food Bank tirelessly distributes 50 million meals across Georgia to those afflicted by food insecurity, including 52,000 children (ages 0 to 5). While food distribution is the organization’s primary undertaking, their mission to fight hunger and poverty has given rise to seven additional projects. These projects work in a variety of ways to engage, educate and empower both those in need and those with a desire to help, and are backed by over 600 non-profit partner-organizations statewide. Of these programs, we offered support to ‘Kids In Need’, which ensures that children threatened by poverty are equipped with the school supplies needed for their academic success, supplies which might otherwise be unaffordable.
National Parks Conservation Association
Selected for a grant by a member of our Junior Board, the National Parks Conservation Association is the nation’s only independent nonpartisan organization devoting itself exclusively to the protection of the National Parks System. Working from 27 locations nationwide and with the help of over a million members, the Association most recently proved victorious in its vigorous efforts to protect the Badger Two-Medicine area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains from oil and gas development, having mediated negotiations between energy companies and the Federal Department of the Interior.
Defenders of Wildlife
Chosen as a grant recipient by the Foundation’s youngest trustee, Defenders of Wildlife has endeavored to protect the native animals and plants of North America since 1947, driven by its belief that the natural world possesses inherent value. Defenders makes use of all available avenues, including lobbying decision makers and, when necessary, bringing them to court, all in an effort to preserve biodiversity, facilitate robust wildlife populations, and foster the conditions necessary for the continuing health of the continent’s environment.