February 5, 2024

Community Matters – Basic Needs and Mental Health Services

A priority for THe Guilford Foundation for our grantmaking is to focus on services that help community members in times of crisis and need, which include basic needs such as food and shelter as well as mental health. Here are a few local nonprofits that received grant funding to help those during challenging times:

Jordan Porco Foundation: This organization focuses on preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and creating a message of hope for young adults. Through peer-to-peer messaging, work to positively impact behavior, self-care, and coping skills. The TGF grant goes to the 4 What’s Next, a structured program executed by Guilford Youth and Family Services to foster conversations about mental health while providing tools and resources.

Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic: The Guilford-based outpatient mental health clinic provides clinical services, case management, and care coordination for children and families struggling with anxiety, depression, family conflict, ADHD, and other issues. TGF’s grant is directed to their outpatient services programs.

Community Dining Room: This invaluable resource is committed to serving the community by feeding the hungry and helping with other basic human needs. They work hard to serve healthy, nutritious meals and eliminate the stigma of a “soup kitchen.” Additionally, they operate a mobile food pantry. Funding from TGF goes to their food costs, which continue to increase drastically from year to year.

Women & Family Life Center: TGF’s grant focuses on expanding its core service, its Guided Assistance Program, which provides non-clinical case management for a person or household experiencing a crisis to find a path to meet their goals. The center provides personal support and community referrals to crisis, social, mental health, financial, and legal services.

Download the Q1 2024 article featured in Guilford Event Magazine to learn more about The Guilford Foundation’s support for organizations and programming that enriches life for family, neighbors, and friends.


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