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Grantee Success Stories

For nearly fifteen years, WGA has funded programs and services to help area women and girls. We've been fortunate to partner with bold, innovative and experienced nonprofits. More important than what we do, though, is why we do it. These stories represent newfound hope and changed lives for females of all ages in Northeast Florida.

Improved Mental Health Services

In 2012, WGA awarded two-year grants to four nonprofit agencies: PACE, Women’s Center of Jacksonville, I.M. Sulzbacher and Volunteers in Medicine. All of these organizations exceeded their goals, successfully expanding access to mental health services and shortening wait times. The initiative brought many lessons to light on best practices for trauma-informed and gender-responsive care.

Jacksonville PacePace Center for Girls: $115,000

WGA’s grant helped PACE expand basic, in-house individual and group counseling to decrease harmful behaviors and improve life skills and academic success.

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Sulzbacher CenterI.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless: $91,656

The Sulzbacher shelter doubled mental health service support for women and girls who had experienced significant trauma.

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Women's Center of JacksonvilleWomen’s Center of Jacksonville: $100,000

With funding for additional staff, Women's Center was able to decrease waiting time for new appointments from four weeks to one. They also doubled the number of women served.

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Volunteers in MedicineVolunteers in Medicine: $10,000

VIM was able to provide mental health counseling sessions and medicine to hundreds of women and girls who otherwise could not afford it.

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Escaping An Abusive Past In Nassau County

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, Barnabas Center & Micah's Place: $110,000

Hooked on cocaine and trapped in an abusive relationship, a woman sought hope and a new start in life. But she was uninsured, dependent on her abuser and without public transportation. Through WGA funding, the woman was able to escape a life of prostitution, and receive mental health counseling. Today, she is self-sufficient with a steady job, thanks to wraparound services provided by three collaborative nonprofit agencies.

Combating Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse in the Florida National Guard

Betty Griffin House: $130,000

Florida National GuardWith WGA funding, Betty Griffin House has been able to place special emphasis on female veterans and military spouses who have suffered domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. Betty Griffin House is the only center serving violence and abuse victims in St. Johns County. The agency worked closely with the Florida National Guard and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to develop procedures and protocols to streamline assistance for women victimized within the Florida National Guard.

Finding Solace In Art

Women's Center of Jacksonville: $135,000

My Darkness My LightA woman came to the Women's Center of Jacksonville after her first mastectomy. She had been sexually abused as a child and was in an abusive marriage as well as grieving the loss of her father. Working through her trauma and grief with a counselor funded by WGA, the woman discovered she was a gifted artist. She received several accolades while displaying her work at a Women's Center exhibition. Instilling confidence and feelings of self-worth in her daughter, she's been able to end a familial cycle of abuse and neglect.

Focusing on Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center: $100,000

Oftentimes, survivors of sex trafficking have been charged with other crimes. Through partnerships with the Public Defender’s office, States Attorney’s office and Department of Juvenile Justice, DBWPC has been able to provide counseling and mental health services to keep 200 girls safe, secure and out of jail. A mother of one of these girls called the WGA-funded program "a lifeline".

Comprehensive Care for Women In Crisis In St. Johns County

Betty Griffin House: $130,000

When a woman is in crisis, she needs help quickly. With WGA funding, Betty Griffin House was able to hire additional staff and reduce crisis-to-therapy time from more than a week to one or two days. One St. Johns County woman turned to Betty Griffin House for help after her husband sexually assaulted her in front of her child. The nonprofit moved her into transitional housing, helped her overcome a language barrier to get a job and kept her child safe in daycare.

Breaking A Cycle of Abuse

Hubbard House: $98,000

A woman and her three children entered Hubbard House's domestic violence shelter on Christmas Day. Three months later, she was employed and preparing to move into an apartment with her children. She asked to address the Hubbard House Board to share her story: “My counselor helped me to connect the trauma in my childhood to the violence in my marriage and to understand that I can break the cycle." The pivotal counselor was added to Hubbard House's team through WGA funding.

Read our stories of impact to learn more about WGA's influence in our community and Members' lives. For information on our grants, please download our list of Recent Grants [PDF] or browse our grants history.

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Teri Calinao
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