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A United Way, SAHA and Goodwill partnership recently received an initial $150,000 grant over next 10 months from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to implement a community-endorsed two-generation plan to provide programs for children that focus on healthy development, growth and education, as well as services for adults that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security.

United Way's Eastside Promise Neighborhood and SAHA's Choice Neighborhood initiatives possess attributes that the Casey Foundation believes are key to successful neighborhood transformation, such as the presence of an established partnership of local organizations and public agencies; high-quality education, health and other support services for children; robust job training and financial education programs for adults; actively engaged parents and residents; and access to affordable housing to promote residential stability.

On hand to celebrate the announcement were Bill Gold, United Way Executive Committee; James Howard, SAISD Board member; Dr. Brian Herman, Vice Chair SAHA's Board of Commissioners; Lourdes Castro Ramírez, SAHA President and CEO; Marla Jackson, Interim Executive Director Goodwill Industries of San Antonio; Ray Romero, Board Chair Workforce Solutions Alamo; Jackie Gorman, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside; and Erick Akins, Dean of Workforce Development/Continuing Education St. Philip's College.

Over the next 10 months the Casey Foundation will collaborate with the grant partners to design, pilot and plan for broader implementation of program and strategies. Once successfully completed, the Foundation will provide additional support, as well as $750,000 to $1 million annually, to implement and evaluate services over the next several years. Other Casey Foundation partners are located in Buffalo, N.Y. and Columbus, Ohio.

"This investment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation adds even more momentum to the community transformation we are going to see because of the East Side Promise Neighborhoods initiative," Mayor Julián Castro said. "Agencies from throughout our community are laser- focused on fortifying the building blocks of strong neighborhoods — healthy living, education, job skills and parental engagement."

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation’s children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. The Foundation believes that children do well when their families do well, and families thrive when they live in supportive communities.

The Eastside Promise Neighborhood and the Choice Neighborhood initiative, led respectively by United Way and the San Antonio Housing Authority, are already at work assisting the nearly 18,000 residents of San Antonio’s Eastside.

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