CASH program receives $25,000 grant from Kansas Health Foundation

Dec 5, 2014

Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. receives $25,000 grant from Kansas Health Foundation for the Creating Assets, Savings and Hope Program.

Hutchinson, Kan. – Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Recognition Grants program. This funding will help support the Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Program.

“We are delighted to receive this grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. It will allow us to leverage funds so we can continue to help people get out of poverty through financial education and asset building across the state,” said Interfaith Housing Services’ Director of Development, Holly Thomas.

CASH is empowering low and moderate income households to become financially secure by providing them with financial education, opportunities to change reckless spending habits into responsible savings behaviors and finally through the acquisition of a high-return asset. Program participants own a joint savings account with Interfaith Housing Services and when they reach their savings goal, IHS matched their funds 2:1. Savings and match are then used for the purchase of a first home, small business capitalization, a college education or home repairs to a home they own. The program is available in 75 Kansas Counties.   

Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation’s support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans. In addition to supporting projects, the Foundation also seeks to support initiatives that focus on promoting policy, systems and environmental transformations that support health.

“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

This fall, the Kansas Health Foundation provided more than $750,000 through this program to help organizations accomplish 41 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.  Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.

For more information about this project or to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer, please visit IHS-housing.org or contact Holly Thomas at 620.662.8370 or hollyt@ihs-housing.org

To arrange interviews with Interfaith Housing Services staff, please call Holly Thomas at 620-662-8370 or hollyt@ihs-housing.org.

About Interfaith Housing Services, Inc.

Interfaith Housing Services’ mission is to develop, promote and implement programs which assist persons of low to moderate incomes to meet their housing needs. They envision communities where equal opportunities for safe, affordable, accessible and quality housing services are available for everyone.  IHS offers assistance through various means, such as, building ramps for the disabled, repairing roofs for our elderly, helping families out of poverty with financial education, asset building and gives families hope to achieve the American dream of owning their home. To learn more, please visit www.ihs-housing.org; follow us on Twitter @InterfaithHS; or visit Facebook.com/InterfaithHousingServices.

About the Kansas Health Foundation

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To achieve this, the Foundation promotes health and wellness in schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. Grows leaders in Kansas communities. Inspires decision makers. Acts as a voice for healthy public policy. And starts and fosters community philanthropy that will see its mission thrive for generations. Together with grantees and partners, the foundation's goals include making Kansas the healthiest, most productive, most livable state in the nation. To learn more, please visit www.kansashealth.org; follow us on Twitter @KansasHealthOrg; or visit Facebook.com/KansasHealthFoundation.