A number of community agencies have been awarded more than $2.4 million in grants from federal and state government. The grants were decided upon in a competitive process through the Walla Walla Department of Human Services.
The winners cover a wide range of services to help the lives of local residents, noted Debbie Dumont, contracts and program manager for DHS. "We decided it was time for us to let people know what we've been doing."
Awards are as follows:
Alcohol and other drug prevention services
- YWCA -- $5,800 for "LifeSkills Training" and "Keep a Clear Mind" programs for elementary students and "Nurturing Parenting Program," a parenting education program.
- Health Center at Lincoln -- $3,465 for "LifeSkills Training" for high-school students.
- Pioneer Middle School -- $1,000 for "LifeSkills Training" for middle-school students.
- Children's Home Society -- $10,000 for "Nurturing Parenting Program."
Outpatient chemical dependency treatment services
- Serenity Point Counseling Services -- $428,731 through June 30, with anticipation of $330,670 for outpatient chemical dependency treatment services.
- Developmental Disability Employment Services -- approximately $740,000 awarded to provide direct client support services targeting working age adults services, as follows:
- Community Options -- individual supported employment, "Person to Person" program, community access and individual technical assistance.
- Goodwill Industries -- group supported employment, individual technical assistance and individual supported employment.
- Lillie Rice Center -- child development services, group supported employment, pre-vocational services, individual supported employment, person to person, community access and individual technical assistance.
- The Place -- individual supported employment, "Person to Person," community access and individual technical assistance.
- Walla Walla Senior Center -- community access and individual technical assistance.
Affordable and homeless housing programs and poverty response
- Blue Mountain Action Council -- $72,700 for transitional housing, rental assistance and case management services; $129,524 for public services.
- Catholic Charities of Walla Walla: -- $20,000 for development of a homeless youth shelter business and funding plan.
- Helpline -- $130,800 for emergency housing vouchers, rental assistance, STEP Homeless Women's Shelter and housing coordinator services; $416,379 for housing and essential needs.
- STAR Project -- $67,825 for housing services for offenders.
- Walla Walla Housing Authority -- $55,800 for elevator and safety upgrades at the Belmont Apartments and Security Deposit Revolving Fund.
- YWCA -- $15,075 for the women's domestic violence shelter.