KidsTLC, Inc. was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the REACH Healthcare Foundation to support their Gender Affirming Care/LGBTQ+ Training Project. Funding from the REACH Healthcare Foundation will support trainings that will enhance and strengthen the capacity of KidsTLC and other youth-serving agencies to provide high-quality, culturally competent, and equitable care to LGBTQ+ consumers. This capacity grant will be integral in bringing a two-and-a-half-day conference to the Kansas City area put on by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Ten to twelve KidsTLC clinicians as well as professionals from the community at large will attend the conference. Funds will also allow KidsTLC to put on a one-day training on our campus (for internal staff only) hosted by the KC-Anti Violence Project (KCAVP). KidsTLC staff and others in the community will gain significant knowledge and tools to better meet the health/behavioral health needs of the LGBTQ+ population. This will ultimately strengthen the safety net’s capacity to equitably serve target populations that have not only faced barriers in accessing care due to lack of adequate health insurance, but who are often marginalized or discriminated against based upon their identity.

Developing Potential, Inc. recently received a grant for $15,000 from the CPS Foundation to improve Developing Potential's transportation services and improve its health and nutrition curriculum. DPI will purchase a sedan to complement its other transportation offerings. We are currently renovating one of our kitchens, and we will need to purchase new appliances to better support the health and nutrition of the individuals we serve. These improvements will raise the quality of our services and help the people we serve live happier and more fulfilling lives.  The goals of this project are to help individuals be more connected to their communities and to help individuals live healthier lives.

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation to support the Early Intervention Program for children with blindness or visual impairment and their families. CCVI’s Early Intervention Program provides regularly scheduled home-based instruction and therapies and...