Wish fulfilled: Soldiers Project and The Sacramento Bee

For 25 years, readers of The Sacramento Bee have been making dreams come true for people in need throughout the capital region. In December, they came through again, this time for The Soldiers Project/Sacramento, helping to fulfill a wish for a commercial grade copy machine. The Soldiers Project/Sacramento was one of 16 organizations and individuals featured in the newspaper’s annual “Book of Dreams” series during the yuletide season. Readers contributed more than $131,000 to the effort, according to the Bee’s website; $5,000 of that was awarded to TSP on Jan. 17. “Being part of the ‘Book of Dreams’ was a wonderful way to cap off 2012,” said Becca Bettis, program manager for the local chapter of The Soldiers Project. “This donation will allow us to buy a commercial copier and print all of our seminar materials and event flyers in-house. We are so grateful to the Bee readers who donated.” The grant was awarded through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation which administers the Sacramento Bee Book of Dreams Fund. Dirk Ellena, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and his wife Courtney were featured in the front-page “Book of Dreams” article. Ellena, who suffers from post-traumatic stress due to his service in Iraq, is one of hundreds of military personnel who have been assisted by The Soldiers Project locally and nationwide since 2004. The Soldiers Project, along […]

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City Council puts $250K literacy, gang prevention grant on hold

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento will have to wait two weeks longer to launch key literacy and gang-prevention programs after a surprise move by City Council Tuesday halting the acceptance of a $250,000 grant to fund the programs. Sheedy asked for the agenda item on the grant to be pushed back until she could get more information from City Manager John Shirey about details of the grant. “I haven’t been briefed on it, and I have a lot of questions,” Sheedy said Tuesday. “I have questions about how it was done and the method of a private individual doing it instead of the city.” The item was initially on the City Council’s consent calendar, which typically contains non-controversial items approved without discussion at City Council meetings. The grant – called a CalGRIP – is coming from the California Emergency Management Agency to support gang-prevention and literacy projects in Sacramento that have been developed with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento. Joann Cummins, Sheedy’s district director, said Wednesday that Sheedy pulled the item because of concerns stemming from previous CalGRIP grants the city has received. “These are reimbursement grants – you spend the money and submit an invoice to get reimbursed,” Cummins said. “We’re good at getting grants, but not great at compliance.” Cummins said problems with compliance requirements such as […]

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Komen Sacramento Announces $850,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

The Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® awarded over $850,000 in grants to local organizations that deliver screening, patient support and education programs throughout the Affiliate’s 19-county service area. The announcement was made at a breakfast honoring top individual fundraisers from the 2011 Race for the Cure, held April 11 at The Mind Institute at UC Davis Medical Center. “With these grants our Affiliate has invested $2.85 million in three years, specifically for women who are without insurance or are at higher risk,” said Executive Director Paula Birdsong. “For every dollar we raise, 25% is directed at research to find the cures and 75% supports local organizations that help women who need it most.” Grants awarded to serve women in the greater Sacramento metropolitan area include: • $50,000 to Hmong Women’s Heritage (Sacramento) to provide education to Asian-American and Pacific Islander women and three mammogram events. These women are at high risk for health problems and breast cancer is often detected at later stages because of language and cultural barriers that HWH address. • $50,000 to UC Davis Cancer Center to expand peer navigator services to four rural counties (Butte, Sierra, Plumas and Nevada) and five other counties (Yuba¸ Sutter, Yolo, San Joaquin and Stanislaus) that experience disparities such as a lack of access to health care due to language and […]

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Local homeless programs get $995K HUD grant

Local homeless programs received a federal boost Friday with a $995,000 grant from the Housing and Urban Development Department – opening the door to shelter and services for more than 100 additional people this year. "This funding will help us meet our goal of ending chronic and family homelessness in Sacramento,” Ben Burton, executive director of Sacramento Steps Forward, said in a press release Friday. The award is part of $201 million in competitive grants that HUD awarded across the nation for 2012. In Sacramento, homeless programs offered through the city, county and a variety of nonprofit and volunteer organizations are coordinated by the county in what is called a “continuum of care,” Burton said Monday. Through the continuum of care, more than 3,200 homeless individuals and families are housed every night in shelters, transitional housing and permanent housing programs, Burton said. “The new money (from the HUD grant) will allow us to serve more than 100 additional people this year,” Burton said. The grant money will fund four new programs for one year. The new programs include two programs that provide rental assistance for homeless adults with psychiatric problems, one program for disabled veterans and one program for chronically homeless households that include a veteran. Mayor Kevin Johnson thanked HUD and Sacramento Steps Forward in an email Monday, saying the nearly $1 million grant […]

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HUD AWARDS SACRAMENTO HOUSING AUTHORITY HIGH PERFORMER DESIGNATION FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

  SACRAMENTO, CA | For the first time in its history, the Housing Authority of the City of Sacramento has received a High Performer designation on the Public Housing Assessment System Score Report from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Housing Authority received a PHAS total score of 90 out of 100. The assessment period covered the fiscal year ending December 31, 2010. “This is a great accomplishment for the Housing Authority,” said La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director of Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, a Joint Powers Agency which includes the Housing Authority. “We redoubled our efforts to improve our performance in all of the scoring categories and this time we’ve been rewarded for our hard work.” The PHAS Indicators score in several categories including physical, financial, management and resident satisfaction. The City Housing Authority owns and maintains over 2,200 housing units, including two large housing communities that are more than 50 years old. “A large percentage of our housing inventory is obsolete and maintaining these units is a huge challenge, particularly with the budget constraints that we are all experiencing,” said Nick Chhotu, Assistant Director of Public Housing for the Housing Authority. “I really want to thank our Housing Authority staff for overcoming the challenges and helping us earn this important award.” The High Performer designation means that the Housing […]

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Matsui Announces $300,000 in Federal Grants for SETA’s On-The-Job Training Program

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) held a press conference announcing that the Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA) is receiving $300,000 in federal funding to support SETA’s On-The-Job Training Program. The event was held at the Beutler Corporation, located at McClellan Park, one of the several Sacramento companies that will be able to hire workers as a result of this grant. Congresswoman Matsui was joined by California Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas, SETA Executive Director Kathy Kossick, and Beutler Corporation President Rick Wylie to make the announcement, followed by a tour of Beutler’s manufacturing plant. “I am excited to announce the allocation of $300,000 in federal funds to the Sacramento Employment & Training Agency for their On-The-Job Training Program,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “This infusion of federal funds will specifically support Sacramento businesses and projects committed to boosting the area’s economy, clean technology industry, and are creating jobs for our local workforce.” The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to the Energy Commission Clean Energy Workforce program, which in turn has awarded funding for the On-The-Job (OJT) Training Program. The Program subsidizes employers who are hiring workers in the clean energy fields, helping to create jobs, support Sacramento’s growing clean energy sector, and ensuring that local workers receives the training they need […]

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Congresswoman Matsui Announces $148K in Federal Funds for Crocker Art Museum

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that the Crocker Art Museum has been awarded a federal Museums for America grant of $148,441 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). These funds can be used for a wide variety of projects, including research, planning, and new programs and activities that support the efforts of museums to integrate new technologies. “The Crocker Art Museum is one of the jewels of Sacramento, and this grant announcement is great news for our region,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “The federal funding will further enable the Crocker to provide valuable programming for Sacramento families, and to be a catalyst for our local arts scene.” Museums for America is the IMLS’s largest grant program for museums. These grants help support ongoing projects and activities that increase a museum’s ability to engage with and serve their surrounding community. Today’s funding will help support the Crocker Art Museum’s “All About Families” initiative, which is increasing the Crocker’s ability to engage family audiences by helping to build staff knowledge and skills to meet the needs of families and ensuring that exhibits and programs respect many voices and perspectives. Lial A. Jones, Mort & Marcy Friedman Director of the Crocker Art Museum, remarked, “Ensuring that the Crocker Art Museum is a vital resource for all families in our community is critical to the Museum’s mission. […]

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Matsui Announces Over $2 Million in Grants for Local Organizations to Hire 253 AmeriCorps Members

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-05) announced that two local Sacramento organizations will receive a combined $2,087,419 in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service, and will be able to hire 253 AmeriCorps members as a result. Congresswoman Matsui, Co-Chair of the bipartisan National Service Caucus, has been continually supportive of both AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and has helped lead the fight for adequate federal funding to support programs like these in the last several Congresses. “As our region continues to work toward economic recovery, these funds will help put 253 AmeriCorps participants to work in our community,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Not only will today’s grants create new jobs, they will create jobs at two of our local nonprofits that work each and every day to make our community a better, safer, and healthier place. I am thrilled that Sacramento will be receiving these funds and recieving the benefits they provide.” North Highlands-based Child Abuse Prevention Council, Inc. will receive $1,436,679 to support both their Birth and Beyond program and their Youth Investment Center. AmeriCorps members who participate in the Birth and Beyond program will provide parenting education and support services to both expectant parents and those with young children who reside in Sacramento neighborhoods where children are most at-risk of abuse and neglect. Birth and Beyond members […]

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Congresswoman Matsui Announces Over $500,000 for Sacramento YouthBuild Program

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) has been awarded a Department of Labor competitive grant of $542,502 to support their YouthBuild program. This is in addition to the $1 million in federal funding SRCC received in June 2009 for their YouthBuild program; a three year grant that ends in 2012. “YouthBuild helps young people in Sacramento gain both the academic and work skills they need to succeed,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “By providing valuable job training skills and a modest stipend, the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps is literally helping our youth build a better life, brick by brick, project by project.” YouthBuild is a job training program that provides unemployed and undereducated young adults with the opportunity to complete a GED or a High School Diploma while learning job skills in the field of construction. YouthBuild participants alternate between a week of general education academics and a week of building affordable housing in their community for first time low-income home owners. Students are trained on facility maintenance, plumbing, electrical and more, and are required to work toward their GED and perform over 48 hours of community service. Sacramento’s YouthBuild has already served over 65 students in their building maintenance program. Dwight Washabaugh, Executive Director of the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps, said, “The Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) is proud […]

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Congresswoman Matsui Announces $35,000 in NEA Grants for Local Organizations

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that two local organizations, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Association and California Presenters, have been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Sacramento Philharmonic will receive $20,000 to support an educational outreach series featuring Carnegie Hall’s LinkUP! for Music “Orchestra Rocks” program; and the California Presenters’ $15,000 grant will support their 28th annual Artist Information Exchange Conference. “Investing in the arts is an investment in the creativity and innovation of our community,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “This federal assistance will help California organizations continue to educate our youth and support our local artists. I am so pleased that these programs have been recognized with these awards.” “The Sacramento Philharmonic is extremely proud to have been an NEA Grantee every year since 2006,” said Marc Feldman, Executive Director and CEO of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra. “The NEA’s support has enabled the Philharmonic to fulfill our mission of bringing music to a new public, as well as thousands of children and family members. Thank you to Congresswoman Matsui and all those who help to raise the bar for the arts in Sacramento.” “California Presenters is so pleased to receive this much valued NEA funding,” said Ruth Rosenberg, Administrative Coordinator, California Presenters. “Funding will be used in support of our 2012 Artist Information Exchange conference, during which time leaders in […]

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