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

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2003 National Honors Program Honorees

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The Center for Women and Families
Louisville, Ky., builds families' long-term financial strength and supports them during troubled times. The Center's savings program, free tax preparation and crisis intervention reach some 30,000 families in northern Kentucky and southern Indiana.
   
Child and Family Network Centers
Alexandria, Va., operates four preschools that help children enter school ready to learn. The Centers has continually added other supports, such as a caseworker who works with Spanish-speaking families to overcome language barriers, job training and child care to support families in Alexandria's low-income neighborhoods.
   
Community Food Resource Center
New York, N.Y., serves almost 200,000 meals a year, helps thousands of families access food stamps and provides crises intervention to families at risk of becoming homeless. To help families build long-term financial stability, CFRC has also developed job training programs and free tax preparation.
   
D.C. Developing Families Center
Washington, D.C., offers prenatal, maternity and pediatric care, as well as a birth center and high quality child care under one roof. Additional supports, ranging from GED preparation to family counseling and parenting classes, make the Center a gathering place for families from the entire community.
   
Educare
Kansas City, Mo., creates good jobs and good options for early childhood education in the same neighborhoods by training home child care providers. Educare classes teach providers how to operate licensed centers that get children ready to learn in school. In 2001, Educare providers served more than 2,300 families.
   

Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
Indianapolis, Ind., helps develop healthy neighborhoods by connecting families to safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities. Through home ownership classes, credit counseling and access to conventional mortgages or a multi-bank loan fund, INHP has supported over 1,000 families in becoming home owners or in repairing their own homes since 2000.

   

The Institute for Social and Economic Development
Coralville, Iowa, helps low-income families work toward financial security through business training and savings programs. ISED encourages and teaches prospective entrepreneurs to start microenterpises. ISED's free tax preparation and Iowans Save!, which matches savings, create additional supports for families.

   

Proyecto Azteca
San Juan, Texas, works with migrant farm families throughout the Rio Grande Valley to purchase and build their own homes by using sweat equity. The cost to families averages $13,500. Proyecto Azteca's education programs, citizenship classes and a micro loan program for starting or expanding a business also help families create a more stable future for their children.


Photo credits: Proyecto Azteca, Bob Daemmrich; all others, Carol Highsmith