The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Helping vulnerable kids & families succeed

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2002 National Honors Program Honorees


Alianza Dominicana
New York, N.Y.- Alianza acts as a catalyst, bringing together Dominican families to strengthen each other and their Washington Heights neighborhood at the northern tip of Manhattan. Alianza also works with local health care, education, and business organizations to help them serve the neighborhood more effectively.


Bethel New Life
Chicago, Ill.-A faith-based community development corporation in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, Bethel New Life has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on housing to one that also links jobs, education, and family services to support the well-being and success of the neighborhood's families.


Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Boston, Mass.-BCNC started as a movement of neighborhood families who wanted a say in the design of a new school for their children in Chinatown. From that beginning, it has grown to reach more than 4,000 families with child care, after-school programs, intergenerational activities, and such programs as Adult English as a Second Language (AESL).


Children of the Rainbow
San Diego, Calif.-More than 200 children find creativity and kinship at two day-care centers, which also provide jobs for neighborhood parents. Led by the former welfare recipient who started the centers, Children of the Rainbow is now developing a community development corporation to help with other family needs, such as housing and more jobs.


Fatima Family Center
Cleveland, Ohio -Fatima began in a four-room building as an outreach ministry of Our Lady of Fatima Church. Now the center occupies a village-like facility designed to respond to community interests. In addition to serving as a gathering place, Fatima offers Head Start, youth programs, vocational training, and a senior center and is the site of the neighborhood's only ATM.


Latin American Youth Center
Washington, D.C. -Established in 1974 to assist Latino youth, LAYC now draws vitality from the surrounding Vietnamese, African, African-American, and Caribbean communities. Its blend of programs-ranging from job training and parent education to a public charter school-retains LAYC's focus on helping families define their own needs and work toward their own solutions.


Mar Vista Family Center
Culver City, Calif.-Founded 24 years ago as a safe space in a high crime area, Mar Vista encourages families to work together for change. With families guiding every step of its development, Mar Vista has grown from its original pre-school focus to provide leadership training, adult education, and an array of programs that serve more than 1,500 community members annually.


Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Project
Nashville, Tenn.-This program, begun in 1982 by Vanderbilt University, succeeds at improving the lives and health of families in the rural and urban South by helping 23 agencies train community members to visit pregnant woman and new mothers. The home visitors offer a ready ear, a social connection, and information on prenatal care and child development.