2015 Funded Partners

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Tropical Texas Behavioral Health


Tropical Texas Behavioral Health Center is dedicated to providing person centered mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance abuse services for individuals of Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties. Through grant partnership with Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, we can expand our services to deliver primary care services to our clients in our Brownsville Outpatient Clinic.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen


The Boys and Girls Club of Harlingen seeks to enable young people, especially those from challenging circumstances, to achieve their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. This is developed through recreational and educational programs that focus on Core Areas that include Education/Career, Health/Life Skills, The Arts, Sports/Fitness/Recreation, and Character/Leadership.


El Milagro Clinic


El Milagro Clinic is implementing the Community Healthcare Invested in Keeping Patients Active (CHISPA) project. The CHISPA project will increase the effectiveness of existing services through greater integration of behavioral health services and increased availability of a wellness program.


Children's Defense Fund of Texas


Children whose basic health needs are met are better prepared to succeed in school and in life. For more than 15 years, CDF-Texas has been a leading voice for Texas children who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. And, part of our mission is to ensure every Texas child has a healthy start in life, with access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. Through statewide campaigns, coalitions and outreach partnerships we are leading the way in reducing the rate of uninsured children in Texas by maximizing enrollment in CHIP, Children's Medicaid and the ACA, and by closing the coverage gap for Texas parents and caregivers. Since 2007, our advocacy efforts have helped connect more than one million Texas children to affordable health care coverage.


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)


The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio's Family Medicine Residence program will replicate successful Primary Care Behavioral Health in order to provide a model for best practices, increase access to care, and by implementing an integrated behavioral health model, prepare young physicians to think about future health care as an integrated, inter professional endeavor.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley


Our program "Crucial Care for Families with Critically Ill Children" will provide a "home away from home" to families with critically ill children in the hospital.  We provide meals, overnight accommodations, and other services needed by families who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.  Studies have shown children recover more quickly when their family is near by to give them the attention that need while recovering from a life threatening illness.


Community Hope Projects, Inc.


Hope Family Health Center is a non profit free clinic in McAllen providing medical and counseling care to the uninsured and medically indigent families of the Rio Grande Valley. Volunteer physicians and medical providers as well as grant funded counselors provide services to over 3,500 individuals per year. These services aim to strengthen families, foster personal dignity and empower each person to take responsibility for his and her own lives. 


Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.


The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance, nutrition education and access to community services. It serves as a clearinghouse for smaller food pantries and on-site feeding organizations who focus on making food accessible to the Valley. Today, the Food Bank has grown to become the 36th largest in the nation and 5th largest in Texas based on distribution. Through a grant from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation our buildings will be renovated, providing a safe and efficient work environment for receiving, storing, and distributing food for our network partner agencies.


Healthy Communities of Brownsville


The Brownsville Wellness Coalition works to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system, improving access to nutritious affordable food and educating the public to grow share and prepare healthy local food. Obesity Prevention 


Moody Clinic


Moody Clinic is the only non-profit outpatient rehabilitative clinic in the Rio Grande Valley that offers speech/language, physical and occupational therapy to children with developmental delays or acquired injuries. We provide the highest quality of rehabilitative services to maximize the potential of children with special needs.


Friendship of Women, Inc.


Friendship of Women, Inc. is a center for the prevention of family violence and sexual assault serving the Southern Cameron County communities. The "Kids Just Wanna Have Fun" project will ensure that children receive age appropriate services and case management following the trauma of a victimization and exposure to violence through services such as counseling and educational and empowerment based workshops. A Teens CAFÉ (Creating Acceptance and Forging Empowerment) will be offered to allow for a healthy learning and supportive environment for teens to share, grow, and learn.


Project Fit America


Project Fit America is a national agency that works at the grassroots level with schools and front line educators to create new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy throughout the school day. We work with communities to bring in funding, equipment, teacher training, curriculum and lesson plan support supplies that are integrated into the school's physical education program to impact all students. Our focus is on broad based fitness to assure every student, regardless of skill ability, will find activities in which they excel which inspires them enthusiastically participate and progress their personal fitness.


Loaves & Fishes of the RGV


Loaves & Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley offer Help & Hope to the Hungry, the Homeless & the Hurting by addressing the causes and consequences of poverty. Services range from basic shelter to education and medical care.


RCCC, Inc.


RCCC, Inc. provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment services for Cameron County families. A new addition to RCCC's services -- a Youth Recovery Center, funded by the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, provides substance abuse treatment services for youth between the ages of 13 to 18 years of age.


Communities in Schools of Cameron County


Communities In Schools of Cameron County is a non-profit organization which specializes in school drop out prevention for identified at-risk students.


Tip of Texas Family Outreach


The My Baby & Me Home Visiting program focuses on providing expecting and first time teen parents home based parenting skills classes, guidance, information, advocacy and supportive services to help them become nurturing parents and learn to make better life decisions for themselves and their children while minimizing their risk for child maltreatment.


Culture of Life Ministries


Culture of Life Ministries strives to increase the community's access to health care. The grant from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is to be used to purchase equipment to screen for and help manage and treat heart disease and gastrointestinal cancers and disease; to increase immunization rates in the community by providing them free of charge; to improve management of diabetes through timely follow up and laboratory/diagnostic testing.


Sunshine Haven, Inc.


Sunshine Haven’s mission is to provide a peaceful, homelike, loving atmosphere where individuals with a terminal diagnosis may die in quiet dignity. 


Holy Family Services, Inc.


Holy Family Services' project "Sustaining the Legacy of Holy Family" will implement evidenced based sustainability efforts to improve on existing maternal and newborn clinical work serving families in the Rio Grande Valley.  Funding will support ongoing operations as will as a research project that intends to gain meaningful data from 30+ years of volunteers and recent clients to guide future sustainability efforts.


Family Crisis Center, Inc.


The Breaking the Cycle project will reduce the effects of domestic violence and will increase the self-esteem, physical-mental health, and personal success rates in survivors of domestic violence by reducing barriers, increasing community awareness, and promoting access to mental health/counseling services with the assistance of a Community Educator and a Professional Counselor.


City of Los Fresnos


The City of Los Fresnos will begin construction of the Los Fresnos Hike and Bike Trail. The Trail will encircle most of the city, connecting neighborhoods with schools, parks, and the downtown business district. The trail, with its amenities and green spaces, will provide exercise and fitness as well as relaxing spaces for mental health and stress relief. It will also provide a safe alternative route around the busy highways in Los Fresnos for both cyclists and pedestrians.


Good Neighbor Settlement House


The Good Neighbor Settlement House is a non-profit multi-service agency in Brownsville serving needy men, women and children by providing the basic necessities of life such as food,clothing, showers,showers, referrals and hot meals.


Proyecto Juan Diego


For more than a decade, Proyecto Juan Diego has empowered low-income families to be healthy and self-sufficient community members through educational programs, family activities and preventative health services.


City of Brownsville


Cameron County In Motion: Active Transport Master Plan is to demonstrate the need that Brownsville and the surrounding communities within Cameron County have for riding a bicycle for any trip purpose. With the creation of this plan, communities involved would have the opportunity to experience connectivity across neighborhoods and cities. 


Vannie E. Cook


The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation exists to provide resources for cancer treatment, research and education in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Since 2000,  the sole purpose of Foundation, Inc. has been to help support the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic and the thousands of local children and families it serves each year.  The Vannie Cook Clinic was established in response to a critical unmet need for pediatric cancer care and treatment in the Rio Grande Valley, and through a strategic collaboration with The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Texas Children's Hospital  and Baylor College of Medicine  in Houston


University of Texas at Brownsville


This initiative is developing and implementing a post-master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health for nurse practitioners at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). It will be the first program of its kind south of San Antonio and will include online course content delivery with an intensive preceptor-based clinical component.  The program will produce nurse practitioners prepared to assess, facilitate and manage the psychiatric and mental health care needs of individuals, addressing the critical need for these services in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in a cost-effective way.


The University of Texas - Pan American Foundation


Culture Specific Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Advocacy. This initiative will focus on utilizing UTRGV's goodwill and strong community roots to increase the individual commitment in the Hispanic population of the RGV to register as deceased organ donors through culturally specific educational interventions. Innovative interventions will be initiated at the college-level, most significantly implementing a “donor advocate” program within UTPA’s various health professional programs, thus creating acceptance at a grass-roots level and facilitating organic myth-busting and communication.


Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry


The Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry has been successfully operating since 2001, providing food and baby supplies to families in need residing in the city of Harlingen. Through a grant from The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, HNFP was able to purchase fice chest type freezers to increase the storage of frozen meats, vegetables, fruits, etc. for weekly distribution to eligible Food Pantry clients.


RGV Indigent Care


Valley Baptist established this privately funded indigent health care program for the benefit of eligible residents of Cameron County. Those who qualify can access covered healthcare services through a local physician network beginning with a visit to a Primary Care Physician (PCP) who will manage their healthcare needs.


City of Harlingen


The City of Harlingen was funded $396,000 from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation for the construction of a 1.0 mile lighted trail, which will be constructed of decomposed crushed granite, 10 feet wide.  This trail will complement the exisiting 0.5 mile trail at Pendleton Park.  The trail has been named as the Harlingen Hometown Heroes Trail.


Valley AIDS Council


Valley AIDS Council d/b/a Westbrook Clinic, with offices in Brownsville, McAllen and Harlingen, serves the Rio Grande Valley by offering services along the entire continuum of care for those infected, affected or at risk of HIV/AIDS/STI.  The generous grant from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation allowed us to purchase two vehicles for our Link to the Continuum of Care Team, bringing working to connect newly diagnosed individuals with the services they needed.


Child Abuse Education Program of South Texas


The Child Abuse Education Program of South Texas (CAEP) continues an activity previously undertaken as a service project of Valley Baptist Foundation. The principle activity is organizing and managing an annual conference on child abuse and domestic violence. We have just released a brochure announcing our 12th Annual Forensic Science Conference, Novemebr 4 to 6 at the Isla Grand on South Padre Island. We have speakers from the Valley, state and nation bringing issues before an audience of what we expect to be 150-200 people representing the full range of persons interested in child abuse and domestic violence.


Infant and Family Nutrition Agency


For over 30 years, Infant and Family Nutrition Agency has provided free bilingual education and peer counseling on prenatal health and nutrition, breastfeeding, family nutrition, and encouraged our community to become involved in making healthy choices for themselves and their families to the communities of the Southern tip of Texas.


Women Together


The Women Together / Mujeres Unidas mission is to provide shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our vision is to end violence so that individuals may live without fear, abuse, or oppression.


Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative


Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative is dedicated to helping victims of abuse.  Our newest program funded by the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS). We serve women whose childhood trauma inhibits their ability to have a full and meaningful adult life.  WINGS is a free weekly support and educational program addressing adverse childhood experiences.