Over the last decade, the Eden Area Foundation has provided grants to a wide variety of organizations involved in serving the needs of the community. From homeless and domestic violence shelters to senior food programs, from preschool education to preventing childhood obesity, from community recreation centers to offering aid and counsel to gay and lesbian teens, the Foundation has been there to help make the Eden Area a more healthy and thriving community.
For example, in 2012, the Foundation partnered with:
- The Emergency Shelter Program (ESP) to provide academic facilitation, therapeutic activities, and supervised recreation for 150 children living in a domestic violence/homeless shelter. With our help, ESP tackles the post-traumatic stress and depression that many children living in a shelter suffer, and supports the children’s school attendance, achievement, and mental health through counseling, tutoring, and recreation.
- Spectrum Community Services provides 600 needy seniors with hot and nutritious meals in a supportive and welcoming social setting. In 2012, at least 25,000 meals subsidized by Eden Area Foundation will be served at 10 congregate dining sites in the Eden Area. With our help, needy seniors in our area are maintaining their self-sufficiency, skipping fewer meals, eating a balanced diet, and gaining a sense that they both belong and are loved by their community.
- Eden I & R’s Roving Housing Resource Program assists low-income individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless to access and leverage community resources to help them maintain and stabilize their housing situation. The high cost of housing and the current economic situation is placing more and more of the Eden Area’s low-income residents at risk of losing their homes. By partnering with Eden I & R, the Foundation was able to keep nearly 60 families in affordable housing of one type or another.
- The Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) supports the Les Marquis Family Shelter, which is the first stop for families experiencing the immediate crises of homelessness. Located in downtown Hayward, the shelter provides safe haven, food, mental health services, and individualized guidance to families of all configurations. By partnering with FESCO, the Foundation plays a vital role in helping over 100 families find immediate shelter after losing their homes, over 70% of which will return to a more stable housing situation when they leave the shelter.