John T. Vucurevich Foundation Funds Collaborative Projects and New Scholarship Program to Meet Community Needs

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Rapid City, SD – The Board of Directors of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation awarded $1,371,000 in a variety of collaborative projects, scholarships and other grants for the second quarter.

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation funded a collaborative project to address affordable housing needs in Pennington County. Pennington County Housing was awarded $500,000 over two years to enhance the Shelter Plus subsidized housing program which will provide rental assistance, intensive case management and supportive services to assist the chronically homeless. Case management and supportive services are provided by a variety of community agencies to allow a 1:1 match for rental assistance to provide for the most successful outcome by wrapping services around the individual or family. Funds were also provided to Pennington County Health and Human Services in the amount of $25,000 to assist with flexible funding for implementation of this housing program.

Another collaborative project, a planning grant in the amount of $100,000 will be used to coordinate a Black Hills Area Substance Abuse/Mental Health Systems Change Collaborative to engage providers and other key stakeholders to find solutions to increase access to services and eliminate gaps in services. Substance abuse and mental health issues consistently arise as a priority concern in every community discussion or needs assessment. The planning grant will enhance programs that have been initiated in the area by the South Dakota Department of Humans Services, Divisions of Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug through the Systems of Care and Co-occurring programs. Additionally, $110,000 was awarded to continue a school based substance abuse prevention program for the coming year.

A 1:1 match challenge grant was awarded to Our Home, Inc. for construction of a multi-use facility to enhance a residential treatment facility for adolescents in Huron, SD. Our Home provides two critical programs for adolescents in South Dakota. ASAP provides treatment for male sex offenders ages 12-17 and Rediscovery is a substance dependency program for teens. The grant award will be determined by funds pledged from the local community or other private grants. The maximum amount of the grant is $284,000.

The Foundation is also pleased to announce the John T. Vucurevich Presidential Scholar program. This new scholarship program will provide $50,000 to reward eight of South Dakota's brightest and best students, entering their junior year, who also have a financial need. Black Hills State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and University of South Dakota have been selected to receive funding for these awards. Scholarship recipients will be chosen by the university president. This new scholarship program is one of several scholarship programs funded by the Foundation.

Additional grants awarded at the April meeting are:

Youth and Family Services, Inc., Rapid City received $150,000 for support of the Girls, Inc. and their counseling program.

Girls Scouts Dakota Horizons, Rapid City received $50,000 for the Girl Pride Program on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and expansion of the program in Lower Brule and Standing Rock Indian Reservations.

University of South Dakota School of Nursing received $50,000 in scholarship funding for the 2008-2009 school year for those nursing students enrolled in their Rapid City program.

Red Cloud Indian School, Oglala received $25,000 to gather data on 2001-2011 graduates to determine the success of their academic program and success in college and careers of their students.

Allied Arts Fund, Rapid City received $13,500 to fund the 11 member agencies.

Museum Alliance of Rapid City received $8,500 to establish a children's interactive library lab at The Journey Museum.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota received $5,479 to implement a new group therapy curriculum at Canyon Hills Center in Spearfish.

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