The Lovell Foundation Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, Awards Grant to A Renewed Mind, Animal House Glass, and The Toledo Streets Newspaper

I had a vision of working on a mosaic with the homeless in Toledo. With the help of a local mental health provider, A Renewed Mind, we submitted a grant application to The David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation Fund. We got the grant!  These Funds will be used to support the Mosaic Art Project which utilizes art as a vehicle to reconnect chronically unhoused people living with mental illness, back into the community.

The David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation Fund envisions communities where mental health care is both barrier-and stigma-free as part of a broader approach to Integrative Health and Wellness. The Lovell Fund prioritizes programs that aim to reduce the stigma around living with and seeking services for a mental health issue. Grants are provided for programming, capacity building and, in limited cases, general operations.

This grant will be used to create a mosaic art installation under my coordination of the mosaic and community outreach, A Renewed Mind staff and Toledo Streets Newspaper vendors will collaborate on the project. The project focuses on the use of Mosaic art to engage the homeless population and provide needed access to mental health care, healing and enhanced continuity of care within the Toledo Community. Matthew D. Rizzo, CEO of A Renewed Mind, says that “this project will provide a sense of pride for the participants, linkage to community resources, as well as an opportunity to create public awareness of the impact of homelessness and mental illness.”

The Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 760 funds with assets of approximately $260 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization’s website at www.toledocf.org or follow them on Facebook.

A Renewed Mind is a faith based behavioral health organization, with locations in Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Henry, Fulton, Williams and Defiance counties. For more information on their mental health and addiction services, visit their website at www.arenewedmindservices.org.

Toledo Streets newspaper is a monthly newspaper, called a street paper, covering community news, especially Toledo’s many people and organizations making positive change, plus news related to homelessness, poverty, and similar social justice issues. Their mission is to empower individuals struggling with extreme poverty to participate on a new level in the community through self-employment, job training, and contributorship. Find out more at http://www.toledostreets.org/about/ .

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