GroundFloor Media’s Get Grounded Foundation Awards Grants to Three Programs Serving Denver’s At-Risk Youth

DENVER, May 6, 2016 - GroundFloor Media (GFM), a Denver-based marketing communications agency, announced today that its Get Grounded Foundation has awarded its latest round of grants to three outstanding local community programs supporting youth services. A total of $13,800 was granted to Mount Saint Vincent, Autism Society of Colorado and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch. The programs were selected for their efforts to get a new or innovative program off the “ground floor” in the area of child abuse and neglect, youth behavioral health or childhood hunger relief.

A volunteer committee made up of individuals from the agency reviewed this round of grant applications for the spring 2016 awards. Applications for the fall 2016 grants will be accepted beginning Aug. 1, 2016.

The Spring 2016 Get Grounded Foundation Grant Recipients

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 launch its new foster care program.

"The decision to offer foster care services aligns with our longstanding mission to serve the needs of children," said Mount Saint Vincent Executive Director Kirk Ward. "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. This gift will help us realize our goal of keeping children where they belong – in safe, loving and supportive homes."

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,” said Dana Meeker, programs director at the Autism Society of Colorado.

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.

“Children without homes feel less left behind and lost after participating in our camp. Zuma’s herd of horses that were once homeless and lost are kindred spirits to these children,” said Jodi Messenich, executive director of Zuma's Rescue Ranch. “Pairing the homeless children and once homeless horses in a safe setting opens the stage for the children to recover their lost identities. Mentors, counselors and therapists have developed programs that help these children find purpose, develop self-esteem and learn to cope with the hand life has dealt them.”