Next Gen South awards $15,000 to local nonprofits

The Next Generation of Southern Delaware, a circle of donors from the Delaware Community Foundation, has announced that it is able to award $15,000 in funds in the 2021 cycle.

Funds were awarded to three deserving organizations: The Green Beret Project, The Beebe Medical Foundation, and NCALL Research Inc. Each organization operates with a mission that falls within the framework of Addiction Treatment Grants and Family Support Services from Next Gen South. The grants were presented at a ceremony on February 8 at Arena’s in Milford town centre.

The Dover-based Green Beret Project has received $5,000 to fund its efforts to intervene in the lives of at-risk young people before they become involved in crime and drugs. The organization does this through a highly structured mentorship program based on the methodology used by US Army Green Berets.

Founded in 2016, Project Green Beret employs law enforcement officers, military personnel, parole officers, fitness trainers and other members of the local community as volunteer mentors who have had positively impacting hundreds of lives through life skills and professional/educational support. The Green Beret Project reaches over 100 at-risk youth each week through after-school and Saturday programs.

The Lewes-based Beebe Medical Foundation received $5,000 to fund its Peer Coaching Program, a strategy to address opioid abuse in Sussex County. In this program, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, aka Peer Coach, provides a lifeline to addiction patients arriving at Beebe’s emergency departments and outpatient settings. While their medical needs are being addressed within the healthcare system, these patients will engage with a peer coach who will identify treatment needs and initiate referrals and connections to appropriate programs and services.

Dover-based NCALL Research Inc. received $5,000 to fund Restoring Central Dover, a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plan. Passed in 2014, Restoring Central Dover is led by NCALL and a Steering Committee, and represents the community’s vision to restore Central Dover to vitality.

The plan lists recommendations for implementation over the next 10 years that were derived from input from community residents. As well as running Restoring Central Dover, NCALL specializes in affordable housing development, education and loans. As a service provider for low-income households, NCALL also offers pre-purchase advice, financial education, and default and foreclosure prevention programs to the public.

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