Winner of third annual grant will create housing for families visiting children in treatment
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lutheran Social Services of the South is the recipient of this year’s $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit grant in Austin, which is funded by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).
As the largest provider of children’s residential services in Texas, Lutheran Social Services of the South provides daily care for those who are unable to live at home due to abuse, neglect or family disruption, serving approximately 26,000 people each year.
With many families traveling far distances, they currently cannot extend visits due to accommodation expenses. The Humana Communities Benefit grant will help Lutheran Social Services of the South create Humana House, home-like apartments for families of girls in residential treatment to stay, regardless of their income levels. The new facility will allow families to lengthen their visit and participate in their child’s treatment, which will improve the girls’ chances of success, both during treatment and for future reunification.
“This substantial grant from the Humana Foundation will have such a positive impact on the people we serve, from the children who stay with us to their birth and foster parents,” said Kurt Senske, J.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of the South. “We are so appreciative of Humana’s generosity, which will help us in our mission to provide help, hope and healing to people throughout Texas.”
Marking the third year in the Austin area, the Humana Communities Benefit program gives 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties the opportunity to receive a one-time $100,000 grant to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive transformational impact on the organization and the community. Proposals align with the Humana Foundation’s funding priorities of childhood health, intergenerational health and active lifestyles. The funding enables the nonprofit to achieve new milestones in its effort to improve health experiences or build healthy communities.
“Lutheran Social Services of the South’s proposal to create a safe living community for families fulfills a cornerstone of Humana Communities Benefit’s mission to build a healthy community that fosters shared activities between generations,” said Ken Malcolmson, CEO of Humana’s West Region. “We’re thrilled to help such a deserving nonprofit and are confident the $100,000 grant will help them achieve their goal.”
Runners-up for the grant were Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, a clearinghouse for donated food and other groceries for distribution to human service agencies and those in need, and Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities, Inc., the two-county area’s official Community Action Agency.
A panel of local judges – comprised of community leaders and business representatives – worked with Humana to select the $100,000 grant winner. Finalists made formal presentations before the panel, which consisted of: Kenneth Adix, Pflugerville ISD; Denise Ballinger, Travis County Medical Society; Elisbeth Challener, ZACH Theatre; Randy Cohen, Ticket City; Dr. Gary Goldstein, Humana; Dr. Mike Mackert, The University of Texas at Austin; Greg Sheff, Austin Regional Clinic; Dee Dee Baen, Hays County; Jed Buie, Buie & Co.; Melody Chung, Southwest Key Programs; Debbie Findlay, Humana; Tracy King, AT&T and Mike Scott, Toppan Photomasks. The winner was announced at a celebratory dinner on Oct. 17 at Mercury Hall.
For more information on the Humana Communities Benefit program in Austin, visit www.Humana.com/HCB.
About the Humana Foundation
The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters, the Foundation’s mission is to promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The Foundation’s key funding priorities are childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles. For more information, visit www.humanafoundation.org.
Humana and the Humana Foundation are dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. Our goal is to ensure that every business decision we make reflects our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our members, our associates, the communities we serve, and our planet.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of: