Bezos Day 1 Fund recognizes local leaders with 1.25-million-dollar award
California (December 9, 2020): The Bezos Day 1 Families Fund launched in 2018 to fund organizations that work to provide shelter and other support to families experiencing homelessness. The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing this work, and the grants are unique in that there are “no strings attached” to them—we’re able to use these funds in the ways that will benefit our community the most.
You can learn more at www.bezosdayonefund.org/day1familiesfund.
Time for Change Foundation was invited to submit a grant proposal after the Day 1 Families Fund and an advisory group of homelessness advocates and experts identified us as an organization that is making meaningful progress in reducing family homelessness.
“I’m inspired by TFCF’s commitment to re-entry efforts and housing support for previously incarcerated women and their children,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“I hope that this grant will help continue to serve families in the San Bernardino area during these challenging times.”
The Bezos Day One Fund has selected Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) and their dynamic leadership team, Kim Carter – Founder and Vanessa Perez – Executive Director to be the recipient of the 2020 Day 1 Families Leadership Award of 1.25 million dollars.
The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families.
Currently, TFCF operates in 17 locations which spans from the Inland Empire to the Bay Area combating the effects of homelessness, family separation and the housing crisis.
Since its inception in 2002, TFCF has helped over 1,700 women make the transition from homelessness and incarceration into self-sufficiency. More importantly, we have reunited 299 children from foster care back with their moms via our programs.
“Our model is innovative, evaluated, and it’s producing phenomenal results,” says Kim Carter, the agency’s Founder. “TFCF is looking to leverage and find matching dollars needed to build more affordable housing for women and children.”
TFCF uses a three-pronged approach which includes direct services, advocacy, and community development. Dismantling structural racism and systemic barriers to housing and education while building the community economic infrastructure needed to support low income families is what drives our passion and commitment to this work.
“We are overwhelmed with the generosity of the Bezos Family Fund and humbled to know that the Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has truly committed his philanthropic efforts to helping address the housing crisis and supporting homeless families,” says Vanessa Perez, TFCF’s Executive Director.
TFCF is one of 42 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the third annual Day 1 Families Fund grants, as part of a continuing commitment by the Day 1 Families Fund to help end homelessness for families. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $105.9 million in grants this year. To select these organizations, the fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and leaders whose expertise spans housing justice, racial equity, direct services, homelessness policy, equity for Native American communities and anti-poverty work. This year, the grant recipients from around the country include: Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness; The Cathedral Center, Inc.; Catholic Charities of Acadiana; Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida; Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Scott, Madison, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas County, Inc.; Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio; Denver Indian Family Resource Center; East Los Angeles Women’s Center; East Oakland Community Project; Facing Forward to End Homelessness; Families Together; Family Life Center; Friendship Place; HELP of Southern Nevada; The Homeless Families Foundation; Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System; HOPE Atlanta; House of Ruth; Housing Matters; Housing Up; Kahumana; MAHUBE-OTWA Community Action Partnership, Inc.; Metro Denver Homeless Initiative; MUST Ministries; National Center for Children and Families; Native American Youth and Family Center; North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness; One80 Place; Poverello House; Rainbow Services; Refugee Women’s Alliance; Safe Haven Family Shelter; Samaritan House; Solid Ground; St. Vincent de Paul CARES; Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence; The Salvation Army Austin Area Command; Time for Change Foundation; United American Indian Involvement, Inc.; and WestCare California.
Time for Change Foundation’s (TFCF) mission is to empower disenfranchised low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. In 2002, our founder, Kim Carter took the pain of her past to create the remedy to end homelessness, family separation and incarceration. She knew that creating affordable housing and economic opportunities would give women the tools they need to reach self-sufficiency and reclaim their families. Today, TFCF’s innovative approach has helped 1700 homeless women become self-sufficient, reunited 299 kids from foster care back with their moms, and created a model that is being duplicated across California. Time for Change Foundation is a beacon of light, “We call it Home, Others call it Hope.”
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Additional press coverage may be found here:
- GeekWire: Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 Families Fund awards $105.9M to 42 non-profits in third year of initiative
- Bezos Day One Fund Website