Many individuals find themselves in crisis situations without resources to help them. Domestic violence is a horrific problem that can include child abuse, teen dating violence, spousal abuse and elder abuse. According to the National Institute of Justice, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States.
Overall, in 2016, Change a Life Foundation was able to assist many individuals in crisis. The Foundation contributed $129,052 through 21 grants.
(Pictured right is Annette Craig, of With Hope Foundation, speaking to a high school students about teen suicide preventions)
Change a Life Foundation believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to have access to adequate health resources. One of the Foundation’s goals is to help individuals who are experiencing dental problems as a result of injury, accidents or genetics to get the dental care they need.
Change a Life Foundation understands the impact that poor dental health can have on individuals. Not only does it affect one’s physical health, but it also can affect self-esteem and the ability to live healthy and productive lives. The Foundation is determined to continue its mission to make dental care a priority and help provide dental services to those who need it most.
In 2016, Change a Life Foundation helped individuals with 36 grants totaling $117,186 in allocations for dental services.
Change a Life Foundation is committed to awarding grants to those with disabilities for assistive technology to make their lives more self-sufficient. The Foundation funds Braille equipment for many individuals. The Foundation funds grants for individuals to acquire voice-activated computers to enable them to complete tasks that require assistive technology. The Foundation funded a grant for a visual fire alarm and an alert system for a man with hearing loss that enabled him to feel safe in his own home. A wheelchair-bound woman was awarded funding for a computer with assistive technology software, wheelchair accessible workstation, door opener, and home automation to aid her in everyday tasks.
Many other needy individuals received grants for wheelchairs that they could not afford; others were granted vehicle modifications or wheelchair lifts to assist them with mobility. Another recipient was provided a platform lift for her mobile home and bathroom safety equipment to help her gain independence with everyday necessities of living. Several recipients received the gift of speech when they received grants for speech-generating devices.
In 2016, Change a Life Foundation granted $38,792 via 7 grants to people with disabilities, offering many opportunities for greater self-sufficiency.
Change a Life Foundation recognizes the hardship families face and assists many who are in need of safe places to live or the tools and job training needed to attain self- sufficiency. All grant recipients live at or below HUD low-income guidelines and face life’s most difficult economic challenges. The Foundation’s grants are designed to instill hope and to move families toward greater self-sufficiency.
Among the Foundation’s grants are grants to provide the last dollars needed to complete Habitat for Humanity homes, funds for service dogs to assist people with physical and mental health disabilities, and grants that allowed many to attend college or to work from home. We provide funding so many burn survivors may attend the World Burn Congress, where they gain support and increase their knowledge of burn recovery. We also fund grants for childcare assistance and for (gang) tattoo removal to remove barriers that prevent individuals from obtaining employment.
In 2016, the Foundation assisted individuals in the areas of housing and family self-sufficiency with 51 grants that totaled $236,377.
Change a Life Foundation provides support for critically needed direct services that promote individuals’ levels of self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. Change a Life Foundation provided 22 grants totaling $111,559 to individuals in their critical time of need, when there was no one else to assist financially with things like, childcare, or chemotherapy or radiation costs, or cobra costs. Daunting healthcare costs can be overwhelming when an individual is already dealing with a serious health issue to begin with. The Foundation provides a handrail of hope during a very dark time. Change a Life Foundation believes to have had a positive impact on the 58 medical grant recipients so that they feel compelled one day to pass on the hope that they have been bestowed to another individual or family in need.