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New Grant Funding for GSSW’s Bridge Project

May 4, 2012

GSSW's Bridge Project recently received two new grants that will help them expand services to children, youth and families living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods.

A Caring for Colorado Grant enabled the Bridge Project to hire Megan Miccio (MSW '10) as the program's first Health Case Manager. In her new position, Miccio facilitates a health case management program focused on oral, mental, reproductive and other health care issues. Miccio also helps Bridge Project families compile health histories, determine their health care needs and connect them with preventative healthcare resources.

Meanwhile, a new Social Innovation Grant from Mile High United Way is helping to expand the quality of the Bridge Project's early literacy program, as well as increasing the number of children the program serves. "This new grant means we'll need many new volunteers, so we can match every child in Kindergarten through third grade with a tutor," says Bridge Executive Director Molly Calhoun.

One of just 11 grant recipients, Bridge will also use the grant to expand their research and evaluation, comparing Bridge participants' reading scores to those of children in public housing neighborhoods without a Bridge Project site.

To learn more about the Bridge Project, including volunteer opportunities, visit www.du.edu/bridgeproject. And, if you'd like to see the Bridge Project from a child's point of view, watch Trina's video tour of the Columbine neighborhood program site!