• November 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 8

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Casey Connects With Community Investment

The summer 2011 issue of Casey Connects discusses four interrelated initiatives: utilizing the strengths of faith-based organizations, providing opportunity to formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, creating a foundation for healthy relationships and marriages, and supporting responsible fatherhood. These topics carry the common theme of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's commitment to investing in families where they live.

  • The first article, "Faith in Communities," highlights the Foundation's Making Connections initiative, an effort aimed at providing the tools and information necessary to help faith-based organizations strengthen families and communities. The article looks at the Providence Plan, a nonprofit that works to improve economic and social well-being and one initiative site that was particularly successful in employing grant funding. 
  • "A Positive Return" discusses the Foundation's reentry work that "supports programs, policies, and practices that improve the employment prospects of former prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and improve outcomes for children and families affected by incarceration." A number of successful programs across the country are presented.
  • "Nurturing Relationships" focuses on the Foundation's efforts to improve outcomes for vulnerable children by promoting healthy relationships. YouthBuild USA, a youth and community development program that helps low-income adolescents and young adults procure their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing, received funding from the Foundation and is highlighted.
  • "Fatherhood Figures" looks at the Foundation's investment in responsible fatherhood, which is exemplified by the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, a program that has been a longtime recipient of Foundation funding.

To view Casey Connects, visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website:

http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Other/C/CaseyConnectsSummer2011/Connects_Summer2011final.pdf (1.76 MB)

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