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Annual Charities

Each year, FAN members select a deserving charity to support and we raise generous donations through auctions and raffles at our annual Holiday Luncheon.  

We work with many local businesses who donate their services or products, gift certificates, prizes or other fun items to be auctioned at the luncheon.  

Because FAN members enjoy lunching out as a part of most activities and also after our monthly General Meetings, area restaurants are generous supporters. Boutiques, wine bars, beauty shops, investment managers, auto services, realtors, jewelers and other businesses also support FAN’s philanthropic initiatives. In recent years, FAN’s annual donation to charities has been $8,000 or more.

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"Giving is not just about making a donation.  

It is about
making a difference."

~ Kathy Calvin, CEO & President
of the United Nations Foundation

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2023-2024

Camp Hope provides a safe space for the victims of trauma and post-traumatic stress in which to experience healing. The intensive residential program at Camp Hope aims to provide comprehensive peer support and mentoring-based healing for those who need more than our Warrior Groups can provide. There is no other location like it in the United States; to date, more than 1,348 Veterans have graduated from the Camp Hope program.

The Facility opened in 2012 in a quiet and safe setting in Houston. As an interim housing facility, Camp Hope offers a minimum of a 6-month program that includes a 2-month transitional program. Residents attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans. They are provided with individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors. Participants can also go on off-site small group activities trips, such as camping, fishing, sporting events, and more. Many are encouraged to get involved with local churches, businesses, and volunteer organizations to assist in their healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war. 

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2022-2023

Shield Bearer is a nonprofit organization committed to healthy relationships and strong communities. They restore broken relationships through marriage and family counseling, and heal hearts through trauma recovery. Shield Bearer also partners with organizations across the Houston area to fulfill their mission to promote individual growth and development, preserve and enrich marriage, and strengthen and unite families.  

Shield Bearer works directly with families and individuals in crisis through counseling services. Their team of licensed counselors specializes in marriage, trauma, and individual mental health issues. They also provide group counseling so clients can build support networks that are critical to their healing. Shield Bearer believes counseling is for everyone regardless of their financial concerns.

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Susan Butler and Lin Fish, Holiday Charity Luncheon Co-Chairs, present Shield Bearer with a check for $8,375.  

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2021-2022

The Living Legacy Center is a qualified 501 (c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization that works with seniors, veterans and the disabled to provide much-needed educational and supportive services to help individuals and families find and use available resources effectively, at little or no cost to them. Their team of trained professionals walks clients through each step of the process to ensure their needs are met.  

 

Kathy Court presented a check for $8,000 to The Living Legacy Center who were so thankful for our generous donation and support.

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2020-2021

Children's Transplant Initiative will empower, inspire, and give hope to children and their families who are involved in the transplant process by providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support.  

A check for $6,562.32 was presented to Children’s Transplant Initiative at the spring Wine Women and Song luncheon.  Founder Cheryl Witty thanks FAN while Charity Chair, Shelley Gross and President Jennifer Banks presents check.  Thanks to Fundraising chair, Kim Gerrish, we were able to raise money by other means during the pandemic.

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2019-2020

Sleep In Heavenly Peace believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. We're a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. No kid sleeps on the floor in our town®.

A FAN record setting donation amount of $8,350 was presented to Sleep in Heavenly Peace by President Jennifer Banks. 

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FAN contributed over $70,000 to the following charities:
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Home Place of Texas strives for excellence through the incorporation of volunteer site training, socialization, and the development of independent life skills for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Part of Home Place's mission is to partner with the community by keeping our families and local businesses involved in creating empowering opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Between Jobs Ministry "BJM" is a Christ-Centered job support ministry of Northwest Bible Church offering encouragement, networking and job-search skills training to help the unemployed transition back into the workforce. The organization has helped place more than 13,000 people in a wide variety of industries, including oil and gas, retail and manufacturing.

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Family Violence Center at Northwest Assistance Ministries is dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence by assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis intervention, long-term support services, and through community violence and awareness prevention education. The Family Violence Center offers a 24-hour hotline, telephone crisis counseling, emergency shelter, emergency food, clothing, transportation, medical assistance, professional counseling services for adults and their children, community outreach, information and referrals for battering intervention programs, on-site law enforcement, legal referrals and court accompaniment.

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L’Amor Village Emergency Shelter and Residential Treatment Facility provides a caring and supportive therapeutic environment for children ages 12 to 17 removed from their homes and currently in the custody of Children’s Protective Services.  Also provide drug counseling and treatment to children suffering from addiction.

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Home of Hope Texas exists to provide long-term care, rehabilitation, and healing for victims of modern-day slavery, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation. Through an extensive program of care, counseling, medical treatment, therapy, and education, our goal is for children between the ages of 8 and 18 to be restored, function in society, and mature into successful adults by providing a place of refuge.

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WellSprings Village Inc. is dedicated to helping women get back on their feet and make a fresh start. To aid in their healing and development, WellSprings Village provides a comfortable, home-like environment where women can get the support and resources that they need.  They offer a range of assistance from case management, life skills education, transportation assistance, and counseling which are all available and provided on-site. 

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Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) is a nonprofit, community-based, multi-program social service agency that strives to supply basic human needs through neighbors helping neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas including food, shelter, health, education, safety and financial education.

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Reach Unlimited, Inc. is dedicated to providing quality support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Approximately 300 clients come to Reach Unlimited to live, learn and earn. They are served by a staff of 180 and a growing number of volunteers. Programs include 17 group homes, home and community based services and a center for life-long learning.

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CarePartners is a nonprofit, volunteer led organization that provides support, education, and resources for caregivers and quality care for those living with memory loss and other challenges of aging. Much of our care is for the vulnerable elderly and individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. CarePartners serves all people at no cost and provides life-changing care as well as educational and support services to more than 3,600 people in the Greater Houston area. 

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Gracewood is a nonprofit residential program for mothers and their children fleeing homelessness and other crisis situations that threaten the safety and stability of the family.  Gracewood empowers families through their Christian ministry designed to provide housing, mentoring, teaching, financial planning, counseling, and access to community resources that will help them lead healthy, successful lives. Gracewood ensures a bright future by providing home, hope, and healing.

 

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Fallen Warriors Memorial is dedicated to those from Texas who have given their lives defending the United States of America in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation New Dawn) and in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom).  This monument ensures that their sacrifices will never be forgotten... their memories stay alive and their families remembered. Located in NW Houston @ CyChamp Park: 14107 Cutten Road, Houston, TX 77069.

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