Topic: Grant

Kempe ID Awarded Opportunity to Assist United States Olympic Committee

Kempe Innovative Designs was recently awarded the opportunity to assist the athletic programs of the United States Olympic Committee. The Kempe Center’s Kasey Matz, MA and her team will be designing, developing and testing new training materials for sexual, physical and emotional abuse identification, investigation and prevention in amateur athletic programs.

This effort will be supported by funding through the SMART FY 2018 Keep Young Athletes Safe grant program developed under direction of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). This program furthers the Department’s mission of reducing sexual violence by supporting an entity to provide oversight of the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each Paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse in sports.

In January 2018, a U.S. House of Representatives committee opened an investigation into sexual abuse in organized sports in response to the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar. His abuse of more than 150 women and girls, as well as reports of sexual misconduct allegations in the Taekwondo community and allegations of sexual abuse from former U.S. swimmers, led to the commitment for action. In its announcement, the committee noted the “abhorrent abuses” associated with Nassar’s case, the U.S. Taekwondo athletes and U.S. swimmer allegations, and raised concerns about whether the United States Olympic Committee had sufficient oversight mechanisms to protect its athletes from abuse and mistreatment.

In February 2018, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, designed to extend the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. There are 47 U.S. Olympic organizations across the country that require oversight on these fronts provided by an outside organization with expertise in preventing and investigating all forms of abuse.

The award to Kempe will support developing necessary educational materials, investigatory tools, training programs and policies that can prevent abuse, and work to address abuse, once identified.

Kempe Receives $20,000 through the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund

Kempe recently received a $20,000 grant through the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant supports the critical work of the IMHOFF Clinic, a behavioral health clinic that provides direct services and consultations to children, families and caregivers.

“This grant enables Kempe to continue providing behavioral health services to children, families and caregivers as they deal with the consequences of abuse and neglect,” says, John Faught, President & CEO of The Kempe Foundation. “The services Kempe provides are an important step in helping children heal and lead healthy lives.”

The IMHOFF Clinic provides services that improve children’s mental health and family function, including mental health evaluation and assessments as part of treatment, individual and family therapy, and case consultation.

“Children who have experienced abuse or neglect are at a greater risk for developing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Dr. Erika McElroy, associate director of behavioral health services at Kempe. “IMHOFF Clinic’s professional, trained staff gives our patients the tools to address these challenges and restores hope to children and their families. We are grateful to the Colorado Rockies Charity Fund for believing in our work and in our clients.”

The Colorado Rockies Charity Fund distributed $220,000 to 10 Denver-based nonprofits, including Kempe.

South Metro Denver Realtor® Association Philanthropies Awards $7,500 Grant to Kempe to Help Foster Family

South Metro Denver Realtor® Association (SMDRA) Philanthropies awarded a $7,500 grant to Kempe, a leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, to support a foster family under its care, the Story family. The funds will be used to transform the family’s unfinished two-car garage into an expanded living area at their home in Elizabeth, Colo.

(left to right) Danielle Story, Brad Bernero, development director of The Kempe Foundation, David Story, John Faught, president and CEO of the Kempe Foundation, Victoria Gartelos, board chair of South Metro Denver Realtor Association (SMDRA) Philanthropies, Chris Tippin of Colorado Quality Painting, Mary Ann Hinrichsen, board chair of SMDRA, Jeff Stockman of Stockman Builders, and Melissa Maldonado, CEO of SMDRA. (children standing and sitting)

(left to right) Danielle Story, Brad Bernero, development director of The Kempe Foundation, David Story, John Faught, president and CEO of the Kempe Foundation, Victoria Gartelos, board chair of South Metro Denver Realtor Association (SMDRA) Philanthropies, Chris Tippin of Colorado Quality Painting, Mary Ann Hinrichsen, board chair of SMDRA, Jeff Stockman of Stockman Builders, and Melissa Maldonado, CEO of SMDRA. (children standing and sitting)

“With the definition of philanthropy being the desire to promote the welfare of others, the South Metro Denver Realtor Association is pleased to present this grant to support a wonderful foster family,” Victoria Gartelos, SMDRA board member and chair of SMDRA Philanthropies said. “The Story’s have opened their hearts and home to more than two dozen children over the past five years. We thank Kempe for caring for this family and look forward to helping the Story’s complete this project.”

Parents Danielle and David Story currently have eight children in their care, several whom have special needs, including three biological children, four adopted children and one foster child. Kempe nominated the Story’s for the grant after learning about the family’s need for additional space.

“Kempe has provided mental and behavioral health services to the Story family, and we understand many of the challenges they face,” John Faught, president and CEO of The Kempe Foundation said. “Because of SMDRA and the partners involved, the Story’s will be able to better meet the needs of children in their care now and long into the future.”

“This grant means everything, and we are incredibly appreciative to Kempe and SMDRA for this gift,” Danielle Story said. “One of our sons has special needs, and the bigger he gets, the bigger his needs get. This space will allow us to create an extra living area that all our children can use.”

The new space will feature interactive elements to build motor skills for the children.

Working with the Story family to complete this project at SMDRA are Mary Ann Hinrichsen, SMDRA board chair, Melissa Maldonado, SMDRA CEO, and Gartelos. Additionally, Jeff Stockman with Stockman Builders, Chris Tippin of Colorado Quality Painting, and Frank Stack of Frank Stack Interiors/Veteran’s Carpet One are providing services. Tippin will donate painting services, and Stack will donate carpet padding and carpet.

The project is expected to take several weeks and the Story’s should be able to utilize the newly renovated space in early 2016.

To learn more about SMDRA, visit www.smdra.com. To learn more about Kempe, visit www.kempe.org.