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Here are a few examples of how IMH Charities has helped in the community.
In February 2017 IMH Charities was introduced to New Pathways for Youth. Over their 28-year history, the organization has positively impacted the lives of more than 6,000 at-risk youth through their transformative mentoring and after school programs. They currently serve more than 500 youths across the Greater Phoenix area on an annual basis.
New Pathways for Youth identified a critical need for youths facing environmental circumstances (poverty, gangs, substance abuse, violence, etc.) that resulted in problematic and disruptive attitudes and behavior. The programs and services offered include one to one transformative mentoring, college and career readiness, after school programming, intensive retreats and camps, life skills and character development and family and parenting programming.
The success rate is illustrated by a 92% increase in goal oriented and decision making skills and the fact that 75% of the youth in the program enroll in post-secondary opportunities. The goals to be achieved are to foster social and relationship skills, including positive peer groups and trust in a caring adult, to improve parenting skills, stopping the cycle of drugs and violence in the home and building healthy families for the future, to improve health outcomes, including reductions in teen pregnancy, reduced/delayed use of alcohol and illicit drugs and to decrease neighborhood crime, reducing societal costs of future adult crimes.
IMH Charities looks forward to continuing to assist this organization in positively impacting the lives of at-risk youths in the Greater Phoenix area.
Several months ago IMH was introduced to Mending Kids, an international organization that provides critical surgical care for sick children. Their U.S. Hometown Missions programs are the focus of our interest. These services provide free surgical care to children from underserved communities, including those who have been denied coverage from the government or insurance companies. The plan grew out of the recognition that some U.S. based children were simply not receiving surgeries they needed – surgeries that had been deemed by insurance providers to be “non-life threatening”, therefore they were then considered “elective.” Many of the diagnoses treated at the U.S. Hometown Missions make the child a target of bullying, and once the surgery has been performed, the child is no longer a target, thus giving them a chance at a happier, healthy life. IMH supported Mending Kids’ most recent U.S. Hometown Mission in Los Angeles this past July 15th where 19 children received free surgeries by a volunteer team of doctors and nurses at Specialty Surgical Center of Beverly Hills.
Exciting plans are underway to launch a U.S. Hometown Mission program for children in the Northern Arizona, also supported by an initial grant from IMH Charities. Additional funds are currently being raised to facilitate that program. A pilot U.S. Hometown Mission costs approximately $25,000 for 10 children in a half-day format, which includes surgical and recovery program infrastructure including rental of a state-of-the-art surgical center (at a deeply discounted rate), medical supplies, diagnostic tests and general supplies, and compensation of key personnel who provide coordination of outreach, logistic and diagnostic pre-operative testing. The ripple effect of the children mended through this program extends into their communities and raises awareness of available surgical resources.
IMH Charities looks forward to continuing to assist this organization in providing life-saving surgical care for sick children in Arizona.
KRISTI HOUSE, INC. is a private, 501c3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1995 that provides services to child victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking in Miami-Dade County. Designated by Florida statute as the Children’s Advocacy Center for all of Miami-Dade, Kristi House is responsible for coordinating the community partners involved in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child sexual abuse cases, as well as providing direct outpatient services and treatment for child victims and their non-offending parents.
Kristi House built and opened its Children’s Advocacy Center building in 1999 in Miami’s “Health District,” in close proximity to the courts, medical and social services to facilitate co-locating the Center’s community partners. In the past decade Kristi House has opened three satellite offices in the southern and northern ends of Miami-Dade County to serve clients in areas closer to their neighborhoods, as well as a Drop In Center for trafficked underage girls.
Kristi House’s mental health unit is recognized nationally for its evidence-based practices for child sexual-related trauma. Since 2012 Kristi House has operated a major federal SAMHSA grant, the Miami C-START Project, for strengthening the system of care for child trauma, especially in the foster care system. The partnership involves national master trainers and intervention developers from major university-partners providing intensive training, practice and support to Kristi House and othe providers. As a result of its work, Kristi House was awarded membership in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the preeminent national body for collaborating child trauma professionals.
Each year more than 1,000 children and their families receive services from Kristi House. Our doors have remained opened providing 100% free to families since founding. This is critical since most of the families seen at Kristi House are very low income and have no other place to turn for help during what are for most, their darkest days.
Kristi House’s Project GOLD program launched in 2007 addresses the needs of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC)—a previously overlooked population of child sexual abuse victims. Kristi House authored the Florida Safe Harbor Act that became law in 2013, and provides a Drop In Center program for sex trafficked girls, the first of its kind in the state. Major support for this work has come from the U.S. Department of Justice, corporate and individual donors and many private foundations including Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In 2015, Kristi House marked 20 years of service to Miami’s children, and to date has provided services to over 17,150 children and education and training programs to more than 112,000 participants.
Hunkapi (pronounced Hoon-KAH-pee), a Lakota word meaning “I am related to everyone,” is on a missionn to “Teach the World how to Fear Less and Love More” through horse therapy and therapeutic riding. They specialize in providing comprehensive horse programming at their Scottsdale farm on behalf of individuals with emotional, behavioral, and physical challenges.
The Hunkapi Horse Program became a community outreach service in 1999 following three years of research at Arizona State University. The research demonstrated that of all sport interventions (including basketball, weight lifting, running, etc) horseback riding was the most positive intervention in improving self-esteem and focus in students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism. Today, the benefits of the Hunkapi Program are experienced by many, from age three through adults, with, and without special needs.
Hunkapi’s unique approach concentrates on improving life skills including: focus, empathy, respect, communication, and emotional regulation through interaction with the Hunkapi Herd of 20 horses. Hunkapi believes that their herd of horses should be available to ALL individuals in need despite physical, emotional, socio-economic, or geographical limitations. They actively seek out community partnerships in order to extend equine programs to hundreds of under-privileged children, adolescents and adults in the Valley of The Sun.
Today, they serve nearly 300 individuals each week and their clients span the range from pre-school age children with special needs to adults (including veterans with PTSD).
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. They nurture children and strengthen communities.
Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community they are accountable for each child in their program achieving: