Spring 2016 Grantees

Autism Society of Colorado | Latino Connections

The mission of the Autism Society of Colorado (ASC) is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. This includes families, providers, educators and members of the community. Currently one out of every 45 children is diagnosed with autism. ASC works to advocate, inform and share the autism journey with thousands of Coloradans. The Get Grounded Foundation grant will help launch the ASC’s new “Latino Connections” program, an educational initiative that will provide additional education and access to Latinos, Hispanics and Spanish-speaking families with children who have been diagnosed with autism in the Denver area.

“I’m excited to officially launch the Latino Connections initiative because it will create a safe and inclusive environment for Latino families to share their autism journey.” - Dana Meeker, Programs Director 

Mount Saint Vincent | Foster Care Program

Mount Saint Vincent is a Denver-based treatment center for children ages 5 to 12 who face severe behavioral and emotional challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse or neglect. It specializes in delivering behavioral health services to children and their families, helping children reach their full potential within their homes, schools and communities. The foundation grant will help Mount Saint Vincent launch its new foster care program.

"The decision to offer foster care services aligns with our longstanding mission to serve the needs of children. As a child-focused agency, we are uniquely positioned to provide foster caregivers support and instruction based on the principles of trauma-informed care. We are deeply honored and thankful to have earned the support of the Get Grounded Foundation, who are helping us realize our goal of keeping children where they belong – in safe, loving and supportive homes." - Kirk Ward, LCSW, Executive Director and Clinical Director

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch | Equine Therapy Program

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch serves as a sanctuary and place of healing for both humans and animals in the Denver area. The Get Grounded Foundation grant will fund Zuma’s ZEAL program, which will provide the opportunity for children living at group homes to participate in Zuma’s therapeutic summer camp.

“Getting a $5,000 grant for our children’s ZEAL program will provide the opportunity for kids living at group homes to join us in a therapeutic summer camp. Kids without homes feel less left behind and lost, as Zuma’s herd of horses that were also once homeless and lost are kindred spirits to these kids. Pairing the homeless children and once homeless horses in a safe setting opens the stage for recovery of one’s lost identity. Mentors, counselors and therapists have developed programs that help these kids find purpose, develop self-esteem and learn to cope with the hand life has dealt them.” - Jodi Messenich, Founder and Executive Director