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Good Tidings N e ws fr om the H ampton R oads C ommunity F oundation


Helping to End Homelessness Housing First Grants


James W. Lewis compares his rescue from homelessness to climbing into “a boat


that doesn’t have holes in it. It sits me up a little taller. I feel a little sturdier to push forward,” says Lewis, 57, who is disabled by blood clots and chronic back problems. Lewis is a former carnival worker who spent 10 years bouncing between


Hampton Roads homeless shelters and sleeping outdoors. In April 2014 he became the inaugural Housing First client of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center in Virginia Beach. JCOC, which helps single homeless adults, placed Lewis in permanent housing in Chesapeake and designed services to help him remain there.


JCOC’s Housing James W. Lewis is content in his home


First program, largely funded by Hampton Roads Community Foundation donors, reverses a traditional sequence. In the past, agencies moved homeless people into crowded shelters and transitional housing while requiring them to take courses and receive counseling. Only aſter completing these were clients eligible for permanent homes.


A federally mandated shiſt to “Housing First in 2009 was a big culture change


for us,” says Todd A.J. Walker, JCOC executive director. “Other services are still important, but housing is the biggest. We now attack that animal at the beginning. We do other assessments and services once someone’s in a stable situation. It’s easier to address other issues that way.” In recent years more than $4.9 million in grants


In 2015 our donors helped put more than $19 million in grants and scholarships into action. Tis is the largest amount awarded in a single year during our 66-year-history. Julia and Hy Smith


from Hampton Roads Community Foundation donors have helped 10 area organizations improve services for homeless and formerly homeless citizens. Fatima Tomlin, a JCOC case manager, helped Lewis


find his new home, adopt good budgeting habits and cover initial costs. Lewis now lives in an immaculate, furnished home in a neighbor- hood near a supermarket.


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Te Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded the following Community Grants to area nonprofit organizations. Grants were made possible primarily by donors’ field-of -interest funds.


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Business Consortium for Arts Support, $473,800 from donors’ arts funds to provide operating support to 33 area arts and cultural organizations. (Grant provided by the Ashinoff Family Fund, Community Fund for Arts and Culture, Lee A. & Helen G. Gifford Fund, William A. Goldback Fund, Paul S. Huber Memorial Fund, Perry and Bunny Morgan Fund, John L. Roper, 2nd and Sara Dryfoos Roper Fund and Tyler Cultural Fund.)


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Cerebral Palsy of Virginia, $2,000 from the Laura Turner Fund for activities for adults with disabilities.


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Chesapeake Humane Society, $60,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for animal shelter improvements, including an expanded parking area.


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Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, $21,620 from the Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund for public high schools on the Virginia Peninsula for a Hampton High School program that helps students at risk


of dropping out stay in school. ............................................


D’Art Center, $25,000 from unrestricted donor funds to help artists move to a new


visual arts center in downtown Norfolk. ............................................


Eastern Virginia Medical School, $15,000 from the Charles R. Brown Fund for mental health for Autism Spectrum Disorder research.


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Elevate Early Education, a $7,500 challenge grant from unrestricted funds for a natural playground and outdoor classroom


at the Norfolk early education center. ............................................


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Photo by Glen McClure


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