2017 - 2018  Merced Foundation Grantees

Grant recipients during 2017 - 2018 included some remarkable organizations and people who worked in the community to help inspire change and offer support to so many families. Work included counselling for grief, supporting disaster relief efforts, continued education and housing and immigration support. Highlights from our grant recipients are below.

Bo's Place

Bo's Place

Bo’s Place has served as Houston’s premier grief support center, delivering a variety of grief support programs in English and Spanish for children, families and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.

 

With the support of the Merced Foundation in 2018, Bo's Place was able to serve 5,520 individuals through its grief support services.

National Diaper Bank Network

National Diaper Bank Network

The National Diaper Bank Network provides diapers and other baby essentials to people affected by disasters and to people who live through the ongoing disaster that is poverty. 

 

NDBN empowers more than 200 community-based members around the country to meet diaper need through large donations of diapers and dollars and by providing resources to help even the most grassroots of efforts make big impacts.
 

Ronald McDonald House Central Texas Char

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas (RMHC CTX)

2018 was another busy year for Ronald McDonald House Charites of Central Texas (RMHC CTX).

 

With Merced Foundation’s generous support, 3,078 families were supported by RMHC CTX.In total over 11,500 room nights and1,205 meals were provided, saving families over $2.1 million in lodging and meals.

Prison Entrepreneurship Program

Prison Entrepreneurship Program

PEP is an established non profit organization who works tirelessly to help provide resources and value based business skills to inmates in their program, equipping them to lead productive lives in their community.

 

Merced Foundation has donated in 2017 and 2018 to add further value and support to their ongoing mission to transform lives.

Catholic Charities Central Texas

Catholic Chairties of Central Texas

CCCTX staff were deployed to McAllen, TX to assist Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley during the family separation crisis in the summer of 2018.

 

We assisted families with legal advice regarding their asylum claims and court dates and distributed bus tickets, food, clothing, and hygiene products to immigrants fleeing violence in their home countries.

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Caritas of Austin

Caritas of Austin is working to prevent and end homelessness in Austin, building wellbeing by making sure hundreds of people each year have access to safe homes, jobs that provide a reliable living wage, and the opportunity to learn life skills. 

 

Recent Merced Foundation investments in Caritas’s Employment Services have enabled more than 600 clients to connect with jobs that put their unique skills and experience to work.