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Basic Needs

Human thriving can occur after basic needs for food, shelter, and safety are secured. We try to find niche areas of support in this extremely large arena of need, with a focus on increasing capacity of key organizations that meet these needs.

The following is a representation of  recent grants in the area of Basic Needs in which The Mayerson Family Foundations are involved. 

Children's Hospital Medical Center/The Mayerson Center for Safe & Healthy Children
This Center opened in 2001 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The Center brings together under “one roof” a variety of activities centered on the issue of child abuse and neglect. The Center integrates the various legal, medical, law enforcement, and child welfare agencies that converge upon a child when neglect or maltreatment is suspected or is a reality. This integration spares children the trying experience of being interviewed multiple times by multiple strangers representing the various systems. It also improves the integrity of evidence brought to court for prosecution. Additionally, the Center focuses on generating important research of the treatment and prevention of abuse and on providing training on such matters.

This year, the Foundation provided support to replace and upgrade the technology needed to record forensic interviews which are used to aid in prosecution, training and research studies and to provide training and supervision to interns, physicians, social workers, and law enforcement.

Freestore Foodbank
The Freestore Foodbank (FS/FB) began operating in 1971 and has grown into Ohio’s third largest foodbank and the region’s primary provider of food, personal products and services to help people move toward self-reliance. Each year, it distributes 10 million pounds of product to 160,000 people through its 450 member agencies located throughout a 20 county area.

In 1991 The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Food Distribution Center was established to enable the expansion of food distribution through out the region.  Since that time The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation has supported on-going building maintenance needs of the Food Distribution Center and technology upgrades.  Most recently The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation participated in the Freestore Foodbank's capital campaign by providing support for a training center to aid food pantries across the region in learning important skills and techniques unique to food preparation and distribution.

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Injury is the number one cause of death and hospitalization of young people throughout the United States and causes more deaths for children over a year old than all diseases combined.  The Injury Free Coalition for Kids® (IFCK) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is a hospital-community partnership dedicated to preventing childhood injuries using a community-based approach. IFCK-Cincinnati’s (IFCK-C) mission is accomplished by utilizing the national IFCK model to affect structural and social changes within high-risk Cincinnati communities by 1) creating safe play environments for children; 2) providing safe, supervised activities that keep children off the streets; and 3) providing injury prevention education and materials to children, parents and communities.

The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation provided funding to support the expansion of the work of the IFCK - Cincinnati to the Price Hill neighborhood.

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati:  Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership
The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, founded in 1908, is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to reducing poverty and ensuring family stability through legal assistance.  In 2008, Legal Aid established a medical-legal partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital designed to improve the health and welfare of low-income children and their families through proactive legal assistance provided in a health care setting. The partnership provides patients and their families with on-site legal assistance for problems that have been identified as barriers to improved health. In addition to legal services, the partnership also provide training to clinical staff, residents, nurses and social workers.  The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation provided funding to help support the implementation of this program based on best practices.  See The New York Times article about Child HeLP.

The Max Paul Global Integrative Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
The Max Paul Program, initiated in 2007, aims to change the treatment paradigm for inpatient, outpatient, and school reintegration for brain tumor patients from a compartmentalized approach to an integrative team approach dedicated to treating the whole child, and returning the child to his or her natural environment (home and school), where he or she can be included as fully as possible in everyday life. It also hopes to help families and school personnel cope with the trauma of diagnosis of brain tumor by identifying strategies that will guide the family through the process of rehabilitation and reintegration, including working with family and extended family to establish routines for patient care and ongoing family responsibilities; mentoring families, teachers, and classmates in dealing from a position of strength and compassion with issues of compliance, behavior, and relationships.

The Max Paul Program will be the only program in the tri-state region and among the few in the country and around the world to implement such a complex global, integrative approach to the treatment of children with brain tumors.  The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation provided funding to support the start-up of this innovative program.



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