SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Women’s Council once again awarded impact grants to local non-profits that make a difference in the lives of women and children in Hays County. This year, five organizations received a portion of the available $13,000 in grant funding at the Council’s third annual Grants Award Ceremony on May 15.
Established in 2010, the Women’s Council is a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities. Each year, the Council gives half of its impact grants to the CTMC Women’s Center and awards the other half to other non-profits serving women and children in Hays County. To date, the Council has provided $66,000 in funding.
At the Grants Award Ceremony, members of funds were awarded to the following organizations: School Fuel Program - $1,950
In the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, approximately 82 percent of children are on free or reduced lunches. On weekends, many of them have little or no food, subjecting them to poor performance in school on Monday mornings. School Fuel provides a sack of nutritious foods for them to take home on Friday in hopes of eliminating the poor performance in school.Greater San Marcos Youth Council - $1,625
This organization provides prevention and early intervention services to support youth under the age of 18 and their families who are in crisis before situations escalate to the point that more expensive and intrusive services are needed. Services offered free of charge include counseling, parenting and youth skills classes, anger management, Teen Court, truancy and delinquency prevention services, as well as child abuse prevention education and assistance with basic needs (shoes, utilities, etc.).Society of St. Vincent De Paul - $1,625
The program provides assistance to the poor and needy of the San Marcos area and seeks to provide additional assistance to women at the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center and to single mothers with children who are in need of relocating, obtaining ID’s, birth certificates, prescriptions, and other assistance. Single mothers with children constitute a large portion of the families assisted by the organization; however, additional resources are needed to provide rent assistance.Samaritan Center - $1,300
The Samaritan Center will provide mental health counseling scholarships to low-income, uninsured women and children residing in Hays County. Counseling includes individual, family, group, and play therapy. Session lengths will be 55 minutes for individual counseling and 90 minutes for group. The First United Methodist Church in San Marcos provides space for the Samaritan Center. CTMC Women’s Center - $6,500
The remaining portion of this year’s funding was allocated to the CTMC Women’s Center to complete the second phase of the CTMC Remembrance Garden, which provides a private and serene place for anyone who experiences, or has experienced, the loss of a loved one, with a special focus on babies.
“A little known statistic is that 50 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage in the first 3 months of the pregnancy. In addition, fetal demise occurs during delivery on occasion. Families that experience the loss of an infant, no matter how small, experience life-changing grief not only for the loss of the child itself but for the life not realized,” said CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck.
The Women’s Council also funded the first phase of the Remembrance Garden that was completed at the hospital in 2012. The first phase provided a private, landscaped patio with benches. The second phase of the garden includes an interactive prayer wall, similar to an altar, where notes and flowers can be placed in honor of loved ones. The CTMC Spiritual Ambassadors group collects the mementos and prays for each person. The garden was also expanded to include a dry creek bed with small plantings.
Last year, in addition to providing funds for five local non-profits, the Women’s Council funded fetal monitoring telemetry equipment that allows soon-to-be mothers who are utilizing CTMC’s laboring tub to stay in the tub while their babies are monitored. Remaining funds were used to purchase breast pumps for the Women’s Center’s growing breast feeding initiatives.
“With our fourth year of grants awards now complete, this simple giving circle model has really caught on,” said Women’s Council Grant Co-Chair Molly Ann Rosas-Garcia. “We are truly impacting hundreds of local women and children in a very positive way, and we hope to grow our efforts to meet the needs of even more area non-profits.”
Now in its fifth year of operation, the Women’s Council has grown to 60 active members. Plans are underway for the Council’s annual meeting and dinner that will take place on Sept. 4. Interested potential members are also encouraged to attend the event.
For more information about joining the Women’s Council or their activities, please call the CTMC Foundation office directly at 512-753-3687, or learn more at www.ctmc.org
About Central Texas Medical Center Foundation
The Central Texas Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose purpose is to help raise philanthropic funds for improving programs and services at Central Texas Medical Center.
Central Texas Medical Center Foundation has worked hard to ensure that our hospital has the resources necessary to deliver high quality health care. To date, the Foundation has raised $7.5 million for advanced medical equipment, building projects, renovations and service enhancement.
CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. As part of Adventist Health System, CTMC brings a long tradition of Christian healthcare to San Marcos. Now with 44 hospitals located across the United States, the Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country.