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Tag: J.J. Keller Foundation

Make a meal, make a connection

Community members broke ground today on a new kitchen that will benefit the Ascend Initiative, a program of Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities and NAMI Fox Valley. Ascend serves young adults with mental health challenges in semi-independent housing in Neenah. Last fall, the J. J. Keller Foundation invited local nonprofits to participate in Kickstart, an […]

‘New kid’ moves up from the cube

Posted on Aug 23, 2016, by

Three years ago, I was “the new kid in the cube” at the Community Foundation. Today marks my last day and with that a time for thoughtful reflection as I would ask of any grantee. When I first was asked about the executive director position at the J. J. Keller Foundation, I was cautious, simply […]

Grant boosts homeless jobs training program

Posted on Jun 24, 2016, by

A $272,142 grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership will help Riverview Gardens expand its ServiceWorks program to employ homeless people doing additional cleanup work in downtown Appleton beyond what city crews normally do. Working with Appleton Downtown Inc. and the City of Appleton, Riverview Gardens, a job training program and urban farm on a former Appleton […]

Changing thoughts about mental health care

A total of 50 faith leaders from the Fox Valley gathered May 26, 2016, to learn how trauma affects mental health well into adulthood, and how they can minister effectively to those affected by trauma. Beth Clay of the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection, Paula Verrett of NAMI Fox Valley, and Doug Bisbee of Samaritan Counseling Center […]

Better understanding to solve homelessness

Posted on Oct 22, 2015, by

While sitting in the audience of about 340 people, including several Community Foundation staff, board members and donors, during Fox Cities Housing Coalition’s release of data from its Project RUSH (Research to Understand and Solve Homelessness) yesterday, a few things made an impression. The FCHC’s research partner, the Amherst Wilder Foundation in Minneapolis, doubted that […]