Aquinas Center is pleased to announce selection as a grantee in the first cohort of the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness. Our Mind, Body, Spirit, and Space Initiative was funded to enhance and deepen mental health and wellness dimensions across Aquinas Center programs. For example, the grant will pay for the development of a mental health literacy unit for our ESoL classes, much in the same way we offer lessons on medical literacy. It will also bring mindfulness and movement back to our Summer Camp program through the culturally relevant and engaged practice of Ji Sun Chong.
The Fund was designed to alter the traditional process of philanthropic giving. In this innovative approach, a group of nine community-based, immigrant-serving organizations define the grantmaking strategy and disseminated grant dollars from a pooled fund. This process shifts the power dynamic in the funder-grantee relationship by asking service providers to not only inform a funding process but to actually drive it. Read more from the Scattergood Foundation HERE.