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Adoption Exchange

The Adoption Exchange works to provide safety and nurturing in the lives of foster children, to ensure they grow up with safe, permanent families. A recent grant from The Kerr Foundation helped support the continuation of their family recruitment program for children living in New Mexico who are waiting for adoption.

 

Developing Boys to Men

The Kerr Foundation provided funding to Developing Boys to Men in 2011 for a program entitled "Homework Session", which provides volunteers and mentors for at-risk young men with homework, projects, and tests in school, in hopes of teaching them to be responsible productive men.

 

Family Attachment Center, Inc.

The Family Attachment Center, Inc. is a Parent, Education, Family Counseling, and early childhood Educators Training Center that works to lower family violence, child abuse, substance abuse, school drop-out rate, along with possible societal issues later in life. The Kerr Foundation provided funding in support of these programs. A portion of the funds also went for a program entitled "Bonding through Gardening".

 

Inner City Youth Tutoring, Inc.

The purpose of Inner City Youth Tutoring, Inc. is to develop individualized tutoring sessions for inner city students in the public and private sectors so as to eliminate difficulties in subjects identified by school administrators. Through a grant from The Kerr Foundation, Inner City was able to purchase seven computers and two cell phones to allow students without phone service access to the internet during tutoring services, textbooks and teaching supplies.

 

New Hope

New Hope is an Oklahoma-based organization that provides hope and opportunities for children whose parents are in prison so that they can grow up to be positive, productive, contributing members of society. A grant from The Kerr Foundation in 2011 provided financial support for New Hope's Summer Camps for these children.

 

A New Leaf

The mission of A New Leaf is to provide children and adults afflicted with developmental disabilities necessary life skills and marketable job training through horticultural therapy, vocational placement and residential services to increase their independence and individual choices. A recent grant from The Kerr Foundation provided support for the expansion of A New Leaf's horticulture program which is designed for these individuals.

 

Pets for Life

The Kerr Foundation recently provided funding for Pets for Life, an organization located in Kansas City, Missouri, for their Animal Assisted Therapy Program. This program helps provide for the treatment of people in local hospitals, nursing homes, shelters for domestic violence, mental health programs, treatment centers for youth and correction facilities through the use of certified therapy teams of pets and volunteers.

 

Oklahoma State Park Foundation

The Oklahoma State Park Foundation works with the Oklahoma State Parks agency to maintain its natural, recreational, and historic building resources, and to expand environmental education programs throughout the State of Oklahoma. To ensure the success of this educational program, The Kerr Foundation provided funds for the preparation and distribution of educational DVDs and support materials addressing the 4th grade Social Studies curriculum to 86 public and private elementary schools in Oklahoma.

 

Shiloh Summer Camp

Shiloh Summer Camp, better known as a "challenge by choice" camp, provides intervention programs designed to rebuild self-esteem and hope to disadvantaged urban youth ages 8-16. A recent grant from The Kerr Foundation provided support for Shiloh's Summer Horsemanship Program, which teaches these youth respect, responsibility and confidence through horsemanship.

 

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center assists people with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction with horses. In December 2011, The Kerr Foundation provided a grant for the necessary research and expansion of SpiritHorse's Disabilities Treatment Program by funding a portion of salaries for an additional full-time staff member.

 

Timberlake Parent Teacher Organization

The Timberlake Parent Teacher Organization provides support, pride and enthusiasm to encourage parent and public involvement in the Timberlake School District, and to allow parents and teachers a relationship in which to cooperate intelligently in the education of the community's children and youth. The Kerr Foundation contributed funding for the purchase of two play structures designed for children ages four to twelve, safe surfacing around the structures, two basketballs, and a new swing set for the children.

 

Tree Bank

Established in 1987 and well-known through the metro area, the Tree Bank strives to improve the quality of life for all residents of Central Oklahoma by enhancing the environment and natural beauty of the community through tree plantings on public and charitable non-profit agency lands. The Kerr Foundation provided a grant in 2011 so that the Tree Bank could expand their educational projects with emphasis on children and youth programs.

 

United States Associates for Blind Athletes

United States Associates for Blind Athletes was established in 1976 to promote self-esteem and confidence among the blind and visually impaired through recreational and competitive athletic programs. The Kerr Foundation provided a grant for USABA's Mission Vision Project which enhances the lives of veterans and active duty service members with vision loss by accelerating the rehabilitation process through sports, recreation, physical activity and employment.

 

Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care

The Kerr provided a grant to Ysleta Lutheran Mission Human Care in 2011, making it possible for them to purchase new backpacks full of supplies for underserved children in the El Paso, Texas area for school, along with health kits to keep them healthy throughout the school year, in hopes of ensuring better attendance and grades.

 

 

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