A Foundation of Women Supporting Women
Ribbons of Hope – Invest in Women, Inc is a foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia. We are fifty women with one goal – to make a positive impact on the lives of women and girls. Each year we award a $100,000 grant to a non-profit organization that promotes education, health, economic independence, social well-being or human rights for women and girls.
The Foundation is a 501 (3) (c) organization. It carries no overhead or staff and is administered by a board comprised of a small group of volunteer members. If you are interested in learning more about our Foundation or to inquire about becoming a member, then please email us at at email@example.com.
The 2015 Grant Application is now available. Our process has been amended this year, so please download and read our Grant Guidelines before completing the application. The application is due May 31, 2015.
The Grant Guidelines can be downloaded here: Grant Guidelines for 2015 Application
The Grant Application is available here: 2015 ROH Grant application
In November 2014, Ribbons of Hope awarded its third grant to Nicholas House, the first comprehensive transitional housing program in the state of Georgia. Founded 1982, more than 1,500 families have called Nicholas House their home. Last year alone, they helped 100 families totaling 336 people, 230 of whom were children.
What sets Nicholas House apart from other homeless shelters is the philosophy to provide a safe, transitional group home for families of any size or makeup, including boys over the age of 12, in order to keep them intact and off the street. Keeping a family together aids in the transition process more rapidly. The average family stay is 7 months, but shelter is available for up to 1 year. During each family’s stay, case management and goal setting with a strong emphasis on accountability is provided while addressing the root causes of homelessness through training in employment, money management, family skills and more.
The grant was used to purchase two 15 passenger vans which will be used to transport the children to school, after school programs and activities, and to assist in transporting adults to job interviews and job training. In addition, the grant also funded a new security system for the Grant Park location (in Atlanta).
Ribbons of Hope is delighted to award our 2013 grant of $100,000 to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children to fund the transformation of their day room, which is the heart and soul of the shelter.
Founded in 1984, the Atlanta Day Shelter is a daytime resource center and safe refuge for homeless women and children. In it’s 22.000 sq ft facility in the heart of Atlanta, the shelter welcomes around 4,600 women each year. Each day, around 130 women check in to the centre to take advantage of one of the many programs on offer including job readiness programs, education stipends, medical care, computer training, child care and early education programs, critical needs services and mental health counseling that will make a major impact in their lives.
The Day Shelter now proudly displays the following image on the wall of their day room:
In November 2012, Ribbons of Hope awarded its inaugural grant of $100,000 to Wellspring Living.The money will help fund the construction of living quarters for 15 adolescent girls at the Village, one of their three comprehensive healing programs.
Wellspring Living became aware of the growing child sex industry in Atlanta and Georgia, and began to explore the ways to bridge the gaps in the current system of long-term care for the girls, who often become lost in the juvenile court system. In 2008, Wellspring initiated their program to provide recovery services to these young survivors of sexual exploitation. It cares for girls who have been devastated by forced prostitution by offering comprehensive services in a self-contained supportive environment.
We were excited that in supporting Wellspring Living we were able to touch on each of the areas where we wish to make an impact: enhancing their social well-being, championing their human rights, improving their health, supporting the girls as they finish school and encouraging them onto higher education or vocational training thereby fostering economic independence.