Instruction does much,
but encouragement everything.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
recent 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 Early Head Start program, which facilitates the healthy development of children through weekly home visits by child development specialists. The ‘creative curriculum’ used in these sessions encourages the routines, experiences and environment necessary for optimum growth between the critical ages of 0 to 3. Research confirms participation in this program improves a child’s vocabulary and cognitive skills, which is why we would like to see its reach expand.
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.
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 workshops run for 24th Street’s youngest target audience (ages 3 to 5), which feature techniques such as storytelling to ease and welcome children into the wondrous world of theater.
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.
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 will help maintain the family counseling service run by Cheerful Helpers, perhaps the most crucial—yet underfunded—component of the program as it helps families develop a ‘common language, philosophy and plan as they navigate their future as a team.’
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.
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.
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.
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.