2019 Grant Recipients

Fort Bend Cares will gather grantees, volunteers and key donors for its annual grant reception at Safari Texas Ranch to give out the awards. Everyone will be on hand to also celebrate Fort Bend Cares’ dedication to the community, granting over $2 million since our inception.

Organization Programs for at-risk children in Fort Bend County
Arms Wide Adoption Services Arms Wide Adoption Services’ Post Adoption Program Services include 24-hour crisis assistance, case management, information and referral resources, respite care, educational seminars, parent training, support groups, and counseling and treatment services.
Big Brothers-Big Sisters-Fort Bend Create and sustain mentor-mentee matches between at-risk children and positive adult role models.
Bo’s Place Grief support services, resources and referrals to children during the death of a significant person in their lives.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston SMART afterschool program-targets girls in teaching self-esteem/socializing skills
Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos – Fort Bend Programs for at-risk children in Fort Bend County
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program
Child Advocates of Fort Bend County The WINGS program is one of three age-specific programs in our “continuum of care” model for youth from ages 14 to 18+.
Clothed by Faith Provide a weeks’ worth of clothing to at least 300 children.
College Community Center CCC organizes eight weeks of activities for students. Each week has at least one college visit, one career visit and one community service project for students to participate. SAT/ACT prep classes, college application boot camps beginning in July after college applications open; essay workshops and scholarships workshops.
Creative Dreams Outreach Center Day camps which provide our students with additional skills for success in the future.
DePelchin Children’s Center Equine therapy for kids living at Residential Treatment Center in Rosenberg.
East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry Emergency Food Pantry provides food for families in financial crisis.
Edison Arts Foundation Summer Theatre Arts Repertory summer activities through theatre, performing arts, dance and learning enrichment.
Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center Open Doors program for low-income families to visit the facility at no charge.
Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room School uniforms/clothes, back packs and school supplies.
Fort Bend Family Promise Youth Empowerment Planning (YEP!) Program specifically for educational and psycho-social development of our youth Family Guests:  life skills courses; innovative summer enrichment camps; school related fees allowing them to participate in school activities; tuition fee/tutoring classes, etc.  Children receive access to the Cares for “You”-th Computer Learning Lab to complete school assignments and improve skills. All children are enrolled in HUD McKinney extended services to assist them in passing the STAAR exam through tutoring available to them. Preschool children are referred to pre-K or daycare services.
GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land One Week Summer Teen Campers Program each month with Reining Strength to participate in their Equine Assisted Activities, and month long Mounted Equestrian session
Lunches of Love Lunches of Love will feed 4,000+ children each day during the 55 days of summer break.  A basic lunch consist of a sandwich, cracker product, fresh fruit and juice.
Memorial Hermann Foundation Dental supplies for the mobile dental clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured children who receive care at the Lamar and Terry Health Centers.
Parks Youth Ranch New phone system, additional computers and a commercial color printer for staff and residents.
Reining Strength Summer an Fall Programs for equine-based learning experiences.
Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands New underwear, diapers and socks to all children using the Clothing Closet, as well as food and hygiene items.
S.I.R.E. Weekly therapeutic riding for disadvantaged children at our Fort Bend location.
Sam Houston Area Council ScoutReach program for under-privileged youth in Fort Bend County.
Second Mile Mission Second Mile’s food program has three components: our onsite food pantry, mobile food pantry, and neighborhood fresh produce fairs.
Texana Center Children’s treatment room at the new West Fort Bend County facility.
Undies for Everyone School Nurse Emergency Underwear Distribution provides elementary and middle school nurses with 150 pair of custom ordered underwear.
YMCA – TY Davis Summer program for kids so they can experience being outdoors in nature.  Fishing, archery, kayaking and educational contests

Non-Profit Highlight: Boys & Girls Clubs

Known as the “Positive Place for Kids,” Boys & Girls Clubs aim to inspire and enable all youth, especially those most in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In Fort Bend County, 3000 youth ages six to 17 years old have three clubs they can attend each day throughout the school year and summer.

The three clubs – Fort Bend, Richmond-Rosenberg and Stafford – open their doors to children and youth in need of a safe place and deliver high quality programming that builds character; enhances academic performance; improves physical health and fitness; expands life skills; develops leadership potential; promotes civic engagement; and equips youth for pursuing rigorous postsecondary educational opportunities and productive careers. The Clubs give many of the county’s youth the opportunity to have mentors and tutors, intentional daily programs and a structured environment where they can laugh, smile and play while their parents/guardians are working.

Support from Fort Bend Cares and other partners has enabled the Fort Bend Club to educate hundreds of young people on how to be better decision makers and more responsible citizens through the SMART (Skills, Mastery and Resistance Training) Moves program. SMART Moves is a nationally-acclaimed prevention program that teaches young people how to make informed decisions by involving them in discussion and role-playing classes, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence.

The Fort Bend County Clubs are proud to serve the diverse and unique needs of the community here. Each of the clubs is tailored to the individual community and includes daily warm meals. The Clubs provide an outcome driven experience that believes whole-heartedly in the motto of “Great Futures Start Here.”

To find out more about the Clubs, contact Fort Bend County Director Nick Cantu at ncantu@bgcgh.org or 281-202-9673.