Santa Maria is one of the 12 organizations in Texas to receive a grant from Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) to focus on giving children the best chance at a healthy life.
EHF announced on January 23, a groundbreaking $3.4 million investment to 12 innovative organizations across the state that are implementing proven practices for early childhood brain development during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life.
EHF’s grant to Santa Maria for $546,971 will support our Caring for Two program; a family-based early childhood development program that serves pregnant women at risk for, or with histories of, substance use and trauma. The program works with women, their young children and other family members to ensure a healthy pregnancy, to teach and practice child brain development skills with mother and child, and to connect new mothers and their families to safe housing and other needed supports, such as behavioral health services. Santa Maria Hostel has teamed up with organizations like health clinics and social service agencies to offer the program at 18 different locations across Greater Houston.
Eleven more EHF’s grants were awarded to:
- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston
- Spring Branch Community Health Center
- Rupani Foundation
- People’s Community Clinic in Austin
- Family Connects at United Way of Greater Austin
- Angelina Counties and Cities Health District in Lufkin
- Palacios Community Hub
- TexProtects – Texas Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America
For more information about our Caring For Two program, please contact:
Teresa Garcia, Senior Director of Intervention and Prevention Services
To read the full press release from EHF, click here.