Through Community Impact Grants, United Way of the Brazos Valley is investing over $325,000 in 2018-2020 to support programs demonstrating measurable impacts in the areas of education, financial stability and health.
Men's Transitional Living Campus
Adult & Teen Challenge of Texas exists to provide adults and families with an effective and comprehensive faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order for them to become productive members of society.
Outreach to Teen Parents through the Mama Club
Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach is on the front lines to prevent child abuse/neglect and to promote early literacy throughout the Brazos Valley. They provide support for unplanned pregnancies through counseling and outreach efforts to teen parents.
Financial Literacy and Education
Bryan College Station (BCS) Habitat’s comprehensive approach to homeownership provides solutions - not only to Bryan/College Station’s affordable housing crisis, but also the looming economic crisis that has adversely 11 affected the lives of low-income families. BCS Habitat’s Financial Literacy and Education program provides families with the resources they need to improve their personal and household financial management, alleviate debt problems, and set their families on a path toward successful homeownership.
Mentoring Youth to Build Assets for Success
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas serving the Brazos Valley pair’s youth who need guidance and support with caring adult mentors. The program's services are proven to increase the likelihood youth will stay in school and aspire to complete high school and enter college, trade school or the military. The agency recruits, screens, and trains community volunteers, parents and targeted youth.
Independent Living and Life Skills Training Services
The Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL) provides intensive supports and services and general information and referral to individuals with significant disabilities. Services include independent living skills training, peer support, individual and systems advocacy, transition services, job placement and support, health and fitness programs, social/recreational activities, and many more.
Adult Outpatient Treatment Program
The Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) provides an array of substance abuse services to Brazos Valley youth and adults. The comprehensive youth and adult programs, including state-approved MIP and DWI classes, drug education, substance abuse and tobacco prevention for youth and adults, screening services, outpatient treatment for youth and adults, and residential and outpatient aftercare treatment for adults in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
Wellness and Rehabilitation Program
The Wellness and Rehabilitation Program at BVRC ensures that residents of the Brazos Valley can access high-quality speech, occupational and physical therapy services irrespective of their ability to pay. The Program is built on a two-prong approach: -Charitable services made available to uninsured and under insured patients.
Financial Stability and Education Program
Through the Brazos Valley Financial Stability program, we provide financial assistance, case management, and wrap-around services to families at risk of losing their homes. Our goals are to give families the knowledge and resources they need to reach their self-identified financial goals, reduce their debt, and improve their credit.
Early Childhood Intervention
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services are offered for children from birth to age three years with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services that are provided in the child’s “natural environment” where they live, learn and play. Services include medical services, speech, physical and occupational therapy, and social work services.
Housing Services for Low-Income Families
The Family Promise Network program provides the families with basic needs of food and shelter in a safe, secure environment as they work or secure employment and the children remain in their educational process. The Guest Families Resources Support Program is designed to meet the immediate needs of as well as the financial assistance needs of guest families during their 30-90 day which prepares them for a smooth exit from the program.
Preventative Healthcare and Chronic Disease Management for the Uninsured
Health For All (HFA) is an effective solution to the challenges of providing health care for the uninsured. HFA is a nonprofit clinic providing free primary and preventive health care, chronic disease management education and counseling services, labs and x-rays for low income patients who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for government programs such as Medicaid or Medicare.
Mental Health Education and Support Services
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Brazos Valley (NAMI BV) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the health and wellness of persons living with mental illness, as well as family members and friends. The Help and Hope program will improve regional health and wellness through mental health education and support.
The North Bryan Community Center
Educational After-School Program
The North Bryan Community Center places special emphasis on providing a positive structured environment for children ages 5-18 during after-school and summer time. The center's programs are planned for the ultimate development of social, emotional and physical skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today's changing society.
The Prenatal Clinic, in collaboration with Scotty's House Child Advocacy Center
Child Abuse Prevention through Parent Education during Pregnancy
The prevention of child abuse is a shared community concern, not the sole responsibility of any single agency. The Prenatal Clinic and Scotty’s House joined to achieve this goal by educating expectant mothers during their prenatal visits. At each visit, mothers received a “Refrigerator Note” containing information regarding the topic discussed. Topics included early brain development, shaken baby syndrome, prenatal bonding activities, maternal stress reduction techniques, etc.
Healthy Outcomes Through Prevention and Early Supports (H.O.P.E.S.) & Texas Families Together and Safe (TFTS)
H.O.P.E.S: Project Unity utilizes the child abuse prevention, prenatal-5 years of age evidenced based Parents as Teachers (PAT) model within its H.O.P.E.S. program. PAT is brought to parents in their homes by trained parent educators whose goal is to help them build on their own strengths-using the most up-to-date research on brain science, child development, and early learning-as they interact with their children.
TFTS: Project Unity's TFTS program is one of 4 child abuse prevention programs in Texas. The TFTS program offers a ten-week evidence based video series called Parenting Wisely.
Jack Threadgil Vocational Training Program
The program works through a strategic mix of mentoring and skills training. Men are assigned to mentors who help them transition to a healthy and productive life. Financial Stability classes are taught by 13 volunteers from local churches and offer tips on financial assistance and planning. The lives of children, spouses, and other family members are greatly improved as men obtain life skills that will help them build a secure life.
Crisis and Advocacy Services for Sexual Assault Survivors
The Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) provides services to meet the needs of Brazos Valley community members who have been affected by sexual violence. This program provides immediate crisis intervention via a 24-hour hotline and accompaniment services, with follow-up consisting of advocacy services and counseling available.
Son-Shine Outreach Center, Inc.
Food Pantry and Family Assistance Program
The Son-Shine Outreach provides utility assistance to families in crisis and allows clients to use this service twice a year for two years in a row maximum. They will make allowances for special circumstances and also collaborate with others to pay an extremely large bill.
Wheelchair Ramps for the Elderly and Disabled
The Bryan–College Station Ramp Project builds free wheelchair ramps for elderly and disabled people in financial need in Brazos County and surrounding area. This is accomplished by recruiting local partners in the communities we serve, securing funding and generating referrals. Ramps are built by all volunteer teams following ADA guidelines and are safe, strong and durable.
Food Pantry and Rent Assistance Program
Once a month families who are eligible in the Brazos County area are provided with nourishment through the Salvation Army Food Pantry who would otherwise not have groceries for their family. Rent Assistance is available for qualifying families once per year for those who may be facing hardship or eviction.
Rapid Re-Housing and Financial Education
Twin City Mission's Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program provides rental assistance and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. The RRH program provides rental assistance for up to six months, as well as, food boxes, assistance with job searches, budgeting, eye/dental exams and transportation. RRH is intended to be short-term assistance to help those in need regain self-sufficiency.