2016 Funded Partners

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Access Esperanza Clinics Inc.


The Access to Hope project will provide family planning and preventive health care services at Access Esperanza Clinics Inc. for low-income men and women in Hidalgo, Cameron, and Starr Counties.


Aurora House Foundation


Aurora House Palliative Care Expansion. Aurora House provides comfort and care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones. To effectively help, our newly expanded infrastructure and capacity require increased staffing and other expenses.


Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative


2016-2017 Relief Campaign - Our goals for the campaign are to expand our existing efforts and launch new relief services to meet the needs of abused children living in the Rio Grande Valley.


Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc.


Buckner Children and Family Services/Family Hope Center in Peñitas making a healthier life possible in the colonias.


Cameron County Mental Health Task Force


CCMHTF's End the Stigma Campaign - The Cameron County Mental Health Task Force wants to spread understanding and fight the inaccuracies and hurtful representations of mental illness in the Rio Grande Valley.


Center for BrainHealth


High Performance Brain Training for Local Warriors - There are thousands of veterans in the Rio Grande Valley struggling with the invisible wounds of war. We can help these brave warriors with our evidence-based brain training.


Child Abuse Education Program of South Texas


13th Annual Forensic Science Conference - The principle activity is organizing and managing an annual conference on child abuse and domestic violence.


Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas


Children's Bereavement Center of the Rio Grande Valley will foster healing for grieving youth, their families and the community through peer support programs, counseling, training, education, and outreach.


City of Harlingen


Lon C. Hill Park All Inclusive Playground Facility-All Inclusive playground system for all special needs, designed so that all children, regardless of their level of gross motor ability or developmental level, can access most, if not all, of the levels of play equipment. An inclusive play environment is one that is not only accessible, but encourages and enables children of ALL abilities to engage with one another.


City of Port Isabel


Arturo Galvan Coastal Park will provide safe and healthy outdoor recreational activites and opportunities, and protect coastal water quality for continued enjoyment.


City of San Benito


South Park- Phase I: The City is requesting a partnership grant from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to build Phase I of a Community Park, located south of Expressway 83. Currently, there are no recreational facilities in this underserved area.


Comfort House


Comfort House Services Building for Now and Future. A plan designed to meet the existing and future needs for an aging end of life care facility. These improvements will facilitate continued high quality 24 hour personal care for the terminally ill.

Community Hope projects Inc


Community Hope Projects dba Hope Family Health Center provides medical and mental health services to the uninsured in the Rio Grande Valley.


Dentists Who Care


Dentists Who Care Outreach Program - expand the scope of our current Program and staff a Full Time Mobile Dental Unit with a Lead Dentist, Coordinator, and Dental Assistant. These personnel will deliver dental care free of charge to indigent adult and child patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley .


Girls on the Run RGV


Spring 2016/Fall 2016 GOTR Seasons. Girls on the Run RGV is a positive after school youth development program that inspires 3rd-5th grade girls to increase physical activity and build lifelong health and fitness awareness.


Good Neighbor Settlement House


Homeless service - This project will integrate current services under a case management framework to improve outcomes for participants at Good Neighbor Settlement House (GNSH)ss.


Good Samaritan Community Services


Youth Development Services (YDS) - Pharr programs assist economically disadvantaged rising 1st – 8th grade students in acquiring the life and academic skills necessary for personal success.


Harlingen Wellness Coalition, Inc.


The Harlingen Wellness Coalition will kick-start the Healthy Harlingen Initiative of the Mayor's Wellness Council by encouraging a comprehensive approach to becoming a healthier city by creating opportunities where active living and good nutrition are given a priority in urban planning. This initiative focuses on public health by creating a sustainable community that promotes physical activity and active living.

Harvey Drive Church of Christ


Bread of Life Food Pantry works to fight hunger. We feed over 200 families a month, helping to bridge the gap of hunger.


Heroes on the Water - Rio Grande Valley Chapter


Heroes on the Water’s mission is to help wounded warriors, veterans and active duty military personnel, relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.




The IT’S TIME Rio Grande Valley (ITRGV) project will provide evidence-based resources – including digital platforms, direct services, and outreach campaigns – to educate and motivate people to take actions that will result in a healthier community.


La Posada Providencia


Client Food and Medical/Dental Assistance Project. This project is designed to maintain client's overall health and wellness.


La Union del Pueblo Entero


Health on Wheels - Cameron County is a multidimensional approach to engaging low-income, colonia families in the effort to reduce the impact of healthcare issues in their lives.


Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute


Mental Health Systems Performance Assessment of four Rio Grande Valley Counties: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, & Willacy. The project provides independent analysis of local mental health system performance to identify specific strategies for improvement.


MEND Foundation


Healthy Harlingen Children: Addressing Childhood Obesity. Implementing high quality secondary prevention programs for Harlingen Children, focusing on the behaviors that cause obesity and lead to comorbidities such as diabetes.


MHP Salud


"Un paso a la vez" (One Step at a Time) is a Community Health Worker program that will help low-income, Hispanic older adults in Cameron County maintain independence and dignity and remain in their homes with appropriate support.


Proyecto Juan Diego, Inc.


Unidos Contra Diabetes (UCD) is a Collective Impact initiative dedicated to preventing diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley by integrating both primary and behavioral health in our efforts.


Rio Grande Council Boy Scouts of America


Scouting is for Everyone is a program that will train Troop Leaders to effectively communicate with young men and women who have Austism Spectrum Disorder or other learning disabilities.


San Antonio Clubhouse, Inc


Tropical Texas Clubhouse Conversion Project. Through this project, the SA Clubhouse will assist Tropical Texas in the conversion of three drop-in centers to clubhouses based on the clubhouse mental health recovery model.


Serving Children and Adults in Need, Inc.


Underage Drinking Prevention Alliance. This project will prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth (12-17) and young adults (18-20) in Starr and Hidalgo Counties by implementing a variety of evidence-based practices.


South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association


South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association Capacity Building Framework - STJDA will develop long term organizational and board capacity to increase sustainable levels of services to families with Juvenile Diabetes in the RGV.


Su Casa De Esperanza


Healthy Start for RGV Colonia Families: Su Casa de Esperanza provides prenatal, infant stimulation, toddler, and parenting education to colonia mothers and their children to increase healthy births and toddlers prepared for Head Start or preschool.




Project P.L.A.Y. – will assist children, families, caregivers and therapists in the increased use of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for children with ASD, with an emphasis in the Lower RGV.


Texas Children's Hospital/The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic


The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic is the Rio Grande Valley's only fully comprehensive pediatric oncology and hematology clinic. We have treated over 8,000 children and not one has been turned away for inability to pay.


The Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center, Inc.


The Bishop Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center, Inc., provides Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Food Pantry, Social and Transportation services to the homeless in Brownsville and Southern County.


The Miracle Kids of South Texas Inc


Miracle Kids of South Texas (MK) is a non-profit organization that hosts events: recreational, physical, and social interaction for children with special needs/disabilities. It brings families together for a sense of community and organized play.


The Salvation Army-Harlingen


One of the key areas that often goes neglected for low-income and at-risk individuals are their required prescriptions for ongoing and special need health issues. Our Prescription Assistance Project is designed to provide access to care for individuals to secure these physician prescribed medications.

The University of Texas System


Beyond Clinic Walls: Enhancing Project DOC - This project seeks to expand on Project Diabetes & Obesity Control (DOC) by extending data connectivity to primary care settings and developing patient solutions tailored to the lower RGV community.


Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


“Enhanced Mental Health Officer Services” will expand the impact of the existing team of trained and certified Mental Health Officers decreasing preventable admissions and readmissions to the criminal justice system across all counties of the RGV.


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY. The UTRGV PhD in Clinical Psychology will meet mental health and higher education needs which are typically underserved in the Rio Grande Valley.


Valley Haven, Inc.


Valley Haven Completion Project. This project is necessary to complete the construction of a 32 bed facility that will provide an Emergency Shelter for children that have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.


Valley Nature Center


The Valley Nature Center, Camp HOPE, consists of two camps for special needs children. Both camps will be held at the new VNC facility and will have a dual focus, environmental education and health education.


Valley Zoological Society, dba Gladys Porter Zoo


Project Heartbeat will equip Gladys Porter Zoo with four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), as well as training materials, equipment and Red Cross certification in AED/CPR/First Aid for 100 employees.


Willacy County EMS Inc.


Upgrade of EKG Heart Monitors from LP-12 to Lifepak - 15, This will give better acces to care to our patients by providing state of the art technology to our patients.