Stokes Circle of Parents selected to receive funding

Staff Report

Stokes Circle of Parents, a program of the Children’s Center of Surry, Inc. was selected to receive funding through Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s Community Reinvestment Initiative.

Stokes Circle of Parents Program is an evidence-based parent self-help support group. The groups utilizes a strength-based mutual self-help support model with two trained group facilitators and one parent leader. Groups are open and meet regularly weekly. A children’s group is offered for families with two trained facilitators. A meal and transportation assistance will be provided for all participants. Parents are offered a secure and nonjudgmental environment and will be provided with community resource information that supports healthy family development. “The Children’s Center is excited to provide this wonderful evidence based program to Stokes County. This would not be possible without the funding and support from Cardinal Innovations”, stated Robin Testerman, Executive Director of the Children’s Center.

Cardinal Innovations created the Community Reinvestment Initiative as a way to make stable, sustainable investments across its 20-county service area. Through this initiative, Cardinal Innovations asked organizations to submit proposals for programs that would improve health outcomes for its members with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders.

“The goal of this effort was to identify and fund high-impact projects in our communities,” said Cardinal Innovations Chief Executive Officer Trey Sutten. “We could not have been more pleased with the number of responses and the broad range of requests we received from organizations throughout our geography. We received so many innovative proposals that we actually made the decision to go beyond our original commitment—funding more than $4 million in projects. It’s an investment in our members, providers and communities that is right in line with our mission.”

During the three-month submission period ending May 1, Cardinal Innovations received hundreds of proposals from entities and organizations across its 20-county service area: Alamance, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance and Warren Counties. Per the submission requirements, proposals were accepted from municipalities, counties, public school systems, colleges and universities as well as other qualifying non-profits.

Projects were selected for funding through a comprehensive process that included reviews by members of a cross-departmental evaluation committee as well as reviews by the Cardinal Innovations Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors, followed by approval by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

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