Sycamores has received substantial grants from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the RAP Foundation. The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation’s $100,000 grant will provide funding for Sycamores’ Transitional Housing Program for transition age youth (ages 18-24) who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless. The $50,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the $30,000 grant from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation will fund the Learning Lab tutoring and college prep program at our Palmdale Family Resource Center, and the RAP Foundation’s $30,000 grant is in support of our Palm Springs mental health clinic.
Sycamores’ Transitional Housing Program offers resources to ensure young adults have safety, shelter, clothing, food, and other essentials that enable them to focus on their own personal and professional growth. In addition to housing, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation grant will also help fund Sycamores’ work with the young adults, providing customized support and services (mental health services, educational services, vocational services and internships) that address the trauma they experienced, while simultaneously helping them envision and work towards a brighter future.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation grants, in support of Sycamores’ Palmdale Learning Lab program, help us to provide low-income students (6th to 12th grade) in the Antelope Valley with free group and individual tutoring. Beginning in Jr. High, the Learning Lab also has a college prep program that provides students and their parents with guidance and assistance with applying to college and for financial aid.
Opened in July 2022, the Sycamores Palm Springs Clinic is dedicated to addressing the tremendous need for behavioral health services among underserved community members in the Coachella Valley. The RAP (Regional Access Project) Foundation’s generous grant provides support for our services in Palm Springs, including individual and family therapy to address various concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, and symptoms related to trauma. In addition to the funding for the clinic, we were fortunate to receive a technical assistance grant from the RAP Foundation, which includes consulting services and an NPO Centric Membership.
We are extremely grateful for our philanthropic partnerships with The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the RAP Foundation. While the four organizations are funding very different programs, the ultimate impact is the same, helping the children, young adults and families we serve create a better life.