Three projects receive 2nd round 2022 Gibbens Memorial Grants
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
NDAD has awarded $5,000 to each of three projects serving at-risk populations in our charity’s second round of its 2022 Gibbens Memorial Grants.
The grant recipients are F5 Project
; The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area
; and Northlands Rescue Mission
NDAD awards at least one $5,000 grant annually to an agency or organization for use in a health, welfare, social service, or educational purpose serving at-risk populations. The grant is named for NDAD’s late co-founders and program leaders, Faye and Ron Gibbens. This is the seventh year of the Gibbens Memorial Grant awards.
- Refresh Stories – Faces of Recovery, F5’s project, will produce transformation videos as a storytelling vehicle aiming to spread awareness, educate and create change by sharing recovery journeys of people challenged with behavioral health issues, those who are justice involved, or both. F5 Project is a Fargo-based criminal justice reform nonprofit that provides services and resources throughout North Dakota for individuals struggling with incarceration, mental health and addiction to re-enter society and create meaningful change in their lives.
- Larimore Emergency Food Pantry, operated since August by The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area, will use grant money toward purchasing food-safe shelving, refrigerators and freezers to meet food safety distribution guidelines, allow distribution of meat, dairy, produce and other fresh food, and improve local accessibility to distribution for people with food insecurities.
- Weekend food backpacks for more than 1,000 elementary Grand Forks School District children who qualify for free and reduced lunch would be the focus of Grand Forks-based Northlands Rescue Mission’s grant money. The goal is to help offset economic hardships that, beginning with the worst of the pandemic, have increased dependence on food services for many families.
In NDAD's first-round of 2022 Gibbens grants, $5,000 was awarded in May to Northlands Rescue Mission for a new program that provides substance abuse support and treatment to people experiencing homelessness. Northlands, with Agassiz Associates Mental Health Services as its primary community partner and collaborator, is using the money to identify and then put into action equitable and culturally appropriate service delivery practices for people experiencing homelessness, substance addiction and co-occurring behavioral issues.
Congratulations to the recipients, and thanks from NDAD to all the organizations and agencies who applied for the Gibbens Memorial Grants in 2022.