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Beneficiaries

About

As an active and responsible member of Houston's LGBT community, The Montrose Softball League Association (MSLA) and the Houston Lone Star Classic (LSC) donate a percentage of our revenues to local charities each year. Upon review of their needs, the Board of Trustees chooses these charities at the beginning of the season. As a league we take great pride in being able to give back to the community we serve!

During the month of January, the MSLA invites local organizations who seek to improve the quality of life for individuals in the Houston and surrounding areas and the LGBT community. These beneficiaries typically fall within 3 observable categories: Health and Wellness, Community Development and Education. The Board of Trustees will select beneficiaries once the grant proposal process closes at the end of the month and announce the beneficiaries in the Spring Season.

Interested in being considered as a Beneficiary? 2020 Beneficiaries have been selected.  We will open applications again in early 2021.  Click on the application link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Nick Alvarado.  nick@houstonmsla.org

MSLA / LSC 2020 Beneficiaries


AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc

About

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc (AFH) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1982 as Texas' first organization dedicated to HIV prevention education and services

AFH has steadily evolved from a grass-roots community agency to a professionally managed human services organization that provides many services including benefits and resource counseling, case management, housing, and food and nutrition assistance to low-income, HIV+ men, women, and children. 

Mission

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives. 

We envision a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination. 

Execution

Last year AFH served over 6,000 clients.  And yet, more is needed. That means more housing, more prevention and education, more employment services, more nutritional assistance, more free testing, more PrEP Care, more youth services, more outreach, more counseling, more referrals, more linkage to care; all leading to a more healthy Houston.

AFH leads the innovative efforts in prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.  In 2020, our new leadership is committed to accelerate the impact of our work providing the much needed services for those living with and affected by HIV, and removing the barriers that have long stood in the way of ending the epidemic. 

Future Goals

Funding will be used to support growth and expansion of one of our most successful and impactful programs, Camp Hope, which will celebrate its 25th year in 2020.  Camp Hope is AFH's week long summer camp at Camp for All that provides children 7 to 16 living with HIV/AIDS the opportunity to develop important life skills needed to manage a life with HIV/AIDS in a fun, healthy, and secure environment. 


Child Advocates

About

Child Advocates was founded in 1984 by a group of individuals who wanted to break the cycle of child abuse in Houston. Services were based on the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) model developed by a Seattle judge in 1977 who noticed overworked attorneys ad litem and social workers were unable to devote the necessary time to each child's life. Child Advocates began with three volunteer staff members, 17 advocates and a budget of $5,000. As the organization celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, it has grown to a staff of 60 with a budget of $6.3 million. More than 26,000 abused children have been served and more than 5,800 advocates have been trained over the past 35 years. Child Advocates is one of the nation's largest CASA programs and will continue to grow, ensuring abused and neglected children's needs are met while experiencing a difficult and uncertain future.

Mission

Child Advocates recruits, trains and supervises court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children across Harris County. Each new advocate must complete 30 hours of training, extensive interviews and background checks before being sworn in by a Harris County judge. Once they are sworn in, the advocates are appointed by judges to either a child or sibling group who has been removed from their home due to allegations of abuse and neglect. The advocates visit the children monthly; interview parents, family members, friends, teachers, therapists, law enforcement and anyone else relevant in the children's lives; prepare reports and testify in court regarding the medical, educational and therapeutic needs of each child. At the end of each case, the advocate makes a final recommendation regarding where the children should live, ensuring they are placed in a safe and permanent home. 

Execution

Funds will be used to train and support court appointed advocates who work directly with abused and neglected children in foster care to ensure they have a caring and constant person in their lives who represents their best interests.

Future Goals

Child Advocates will serve 2,550 abused and neglected children this year with 900 court appointed advocates. Each year, we work diligently to serve more children and train more advocates and hope to one day provide services to every child who will benefit.


Monarch Family Services

About

Monarch Family Services was established in 2014 to provide reunification, preservation, and permanency services for children and families that have involvement with child protective services. Dr. Valerie Jackson founded the agency after the adoption of her daughter from Child Protective Services.  She experienced many complications with the adoption process due to being in a same-sex relationship.  She decided that she would provide more opportunities for families that are in the LGBTQIA communities to adopt as well as giving as many children as possible a forever home that are in foster care.

Mission

Monarch Family Services compassionately and professionally delivers value-added services to improve the lives of children and strengthen families. Because we realize every child and family has a unique path toward wholeness and empowerment, our agency is family-focused and provides integrated comprehensive services across the family services continuum.  The services the agency provides are licensing foster and adoption homes, kinship home licensing program, psychological assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, couple's therapy, domestic violence groups, outpatient substance abuse program, supervised visitations, parenting classes, intensive case management, post permanency program for families that achieved adoption or primary managing conservator with Monarch Family Services.  The goal is to be the premiere permanency agency in the State. 

Execution

Funds will be used to expand services to the kinship care program

Future Goals

Continue to expand our existing services and be the best permanency agency in the State.  We are an inclusive agency that makes ongoing efforts towards expanding families in the LGBTQIA communities.  The agency is open to finding more public forums to make people aware of our child placing agency.  We believe we have the impeccable services that make the process as easy as possible to adopt children from foster care.


The Montrose Center

About

Our team of state-licensed clinicians, masters-level therapists, skilled educators, support staff and dedicated volunteers work together to create healthier futures for our community. Because LGBT persons face numerous health disparities compared to the general population, the Center has embraced an integrated care model with one-stop access to behavioral health and support services, adult primary care and psychiatry, and free wellness programs that empower individuals to proactively participate in their own care. As the cultural hub of Houston’s LGBT community, the Center is “home” to dozens of LGBT-affirming social and civic organizations, and offers affordable rental space for meetings and events.

Mission

The Montrose Center empowers our community, primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Execution

Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA) youth, ages 13-20, to become positive contributors to society by providing a safe social environment, offering role models and peer support, and sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities.

Future Goals

To achieve a climate of societal acceptance and understanding without regard to sexual identity.


THE WOMEN'S HOME

About

For more than 60 years, The Women's Home (TWH) has provided safe spaces and holistic healing in the heart of Montrose and beyond.  Since 1957, we have provided housing along with supportive services and programs to women and families who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness: many have histories of addiction, mental illness and trauma. Through our long-term residential treatment program, our affordable housing programs and our Mabee WholeLife Service Center, we help our clients cultivate the skills and self-esteem they need to overcome crisis and live healthy, resilient lives. 

Mission

The Women's Home has learned that helping a woman is a reciprocal endeavor because it strengthens her family.  Similarly, when we help a family, we strengthen a woman.  This core belief informs our values and objectives to serve more  vulnerable women and families.   

Execution

The Women's Home would utilize funds from the Montrose Softball League to support the ongoing operation of our Residential Treatment Program.  Located near downtown Houston in the heart of Montrose, our program provides housing, behavioral health treatment and wraparound support services to women experiencing homelessness due to substance abuse and mental health disorders. 

Future Goals

Focus on community building, preventative services and an enhanced focus on serving families. 

UH LGBTQ Alumni Association

About

The UH LGBTQ Alumni Association, founded in 2014, works to connect LGBTQ UH alumni and support LGBTQ students. 

Mission

The purpose of our group is to help encourage connections among our alumni and to offer opportunities and support to current LGBTQ students. We aim to provide support and to empower current LGBTQ students. 

Execution

We plan to use the funds to increase the monetary amount for academic scholarships for 6 students next year. We also plan to bolster our emergency crisis fund account for vulnerable LGBTQ students. Emergency crisis funds are designated for tuition, housing, meal plans, books, and other necessities.

Future Goals

Our future goals consist of increasing our active membership and reaching more UH LGBTQ students in need.