Spencer County Community Foundation Implementation Grant Update

Overview

The Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Community Leadership Implementation Grant Opportunity in Spencer County is focused on addressing concerns related to mental health and substance abuse.   The Spencer County Community Foundation will be partnering with Safe Now Foundation, Spencer County CASA, and Success Through Mentoring (STM) to support the start-up of organizations and expand current initiatives.  For Safe Now Foundation, the project includes expanding services into the town of Rockport offering residential, outpatient, and transitional services.  This project will consist of facility renovation and program services to support the expansion of services.  For Spencer County CASA, the project includes training an additional twenty volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates for the abused and neglected children in Spencer County.  For STM, this project includes supporting start-up costs to establish the organization to support the organization’s mission to connect at-risk youth with caring adults to empower them to make life choices that positively impact their future. 

Collaborating Organizations 

Implementation grant recipients:  Safe Now Foundation, Spencer County CASA, Success Through Mentoring (STM)

Activity Update

As of April 2021, all organizations have been able to utilize the grant dollars in some capacity. 

Safe Now Foundation has fully renovated the property located in Rockport including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and paint.  The exterior of the building was kept up to code with the local historic district to maintain appearance in the community.  The ground floor of the building is used for office space as well as community activities including recovery meetings, GED tutoring, mentoring, and other activities free of charge to the community.  The second floor of the building was remodeled to host the first certified recovery residence in Spencer County, housing eight women. 

Spencer County CASA has trained three new volunteers to become advocates.  These advocates were assigned to their first case after thirty hours of training over the course of six weeks. 

STM successfully established their organization in Spencer County and hired an executive director.  The organization currently has adult mentors committed and trained and working with local schools to establish communication for mentee referrals.