Farris Foundation

The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation 

Community Mental Health & Wellness Grant Program 

2022 Grants 

Broward & Palm Beach Counties, FL 

Buffalo, NY, 


Newark, NJ, 

Santa Fe, NM, 

Boone, NC 


Achievement Centers for Children and Families 

Delray Beach, FL 

$50,000 to integrate behavioral health programs and services at a new primary care clinic serving Haitian immigrants in Southern Palm Beach County. In collaboration with the Bethel Evangelical Church. 

American Association of Caregiving Youth 

Boca Raton, FL 

$50,000 to provide social and educational programs that support caregiving youth challenged life by the responsibilities of providing care for family members who are chronically ill, injured, frail, or disabled. 

Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County 

West Palm Beach, FL 

$50,000 to support social-emotional learning programs at the Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club. 

Broward House 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 

$44,872 to pilot a financial and physical wellness program for staff. 

Broward Housing Solutions 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 

$36,000 to help older adults with mental illness find affordable, permanent, and supportive housing. 

Center for Child Counseling 

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 

$50,000 to integrate mental health into primary care services and programs for children and youth. In collaboration with Palm Beach Pediatrics. 

Change Me Foundation 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

$20,000 to pilot a motivational interviewing program for individuals and families. 

Children’s Home Society of Florida 

West Palm Beach, FL 

$50,000 to improve the behavioral health internship program. In collaboration with Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. 

City House – Delray Beach 

Delray Beach, FL 

$10,350 to increase access to psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and therapy for homeless women and their children. 

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County 

Greenacres, FL 

$40,000 for a peer-based maternal wellness program for women with depression and other mood and anxiety disorders before, during, and after pregnancy. 

Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

$50,000 for supportive services for families that have children with cancer. 

Jump for Joi 

West Palm Beach, FL 

$50,000 to pilot a marketing and outreach campaign that increases self-care and awareness about mental health services in the community. In collaboration with the Northwest Community Health – Health Center. 

South Florida Wellness Network 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

$50,000 to pilot bioacoustics technology to support recovery and wellness in Broward County. 

Pathways to Prosperity 

Boynton Beach, FL 

$50,000 to pilot a community mental health first aid training initiative for staff of 11 local organizations. Collaborating with the Mental Health First Aid Coalition of Palm Beach County and Alpert Jewish Family Services. 

Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services 

Boca Raton, FL 

$46,998 to support staff certification in various skills, including trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. 

Student ACES 

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 

$50,000 to support the development of a health and wellness component of a character education program for teens in South Florida. 

Take Stock in Children Palm Beach 

West Palm Beach, FL 

$50,000 to integrate a behavioral health component into a college readiness program for middle and high school students in West Palm Beach County. 

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center 

Loxahatchee, FL 

$30,585 to pilot an equine-assisted therapeutic riding program for students at Wellington High School. 

Vita Nova 

West Palm Beach, FL 

$10,000 to train staff about harm reduction to promote the health of homeless youth. 

Wayside House 

Delray Beach, FL 

$61,846 to support addiction recovery with horticultural therapy. 

Youth Empowered to Prosper 

Lake Worth Beach Florida 

$50,000 to provide adult mentors for teen girls experiencing behavioral, emotional, and academic challenges and help mentors address topics like mental health, anxiety, depression, self-care, and substance abuse. 


Community Caring Collaborative 

East Machias, ME 

$50,000 to train leaders of a regional behavioral health partnership on how to incorporate reflective practices in their teams and develop a case management system that improves services to individuals and families. 

Healthy Acadia 

Ellsworth, ME 

$50,000 to pilot a peer coaching and mentoring project for young people in Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine. 

Maine Highlands Senior Center d/b/a Central Hall at the Commons 

Dover-Foxcroft, ME 

$48,450 to support a regional planning initiative addressing mental health, substance use disorder, homelessness, and basic human needs in rural Maine. In collaboration with Helping Hands with Heart. 

Penobscot Community Health Center 

Bangor, ME 

$50,000 to refine the intake and referral process and streamline access to care through a new Mental Health Access Center. 

Safe Families for Children 

Brewer, ME 

$50,000 to establish a new volunteer-based program of community support and coaching for parents in crisis in Penobscot County, Maine. 

Wabanaki Health and Wellness 

Bangor, ME 

$50,000 to start the Wabanaki Wellness Transportation Project, designed to increase access to integrated mental health care for Native Americans in Maine. 


Covenant House New Jersey 

Newark, NJ 

$50,000 to support the behavioral health component of a program serving homeless young adults. 

Family Connections 

East Orange, NJ 

$50,000 to support mindfulness-based stress reduction workshops for staff and community members. 

Prevention Links 

Paterson, NJ 

$50,000 to provide teen girls with counseling therapy and workshops on life skills and healthy relationships. 

Visions and Pathways 

Bridgewater, NJ 

$50,000 for a counseling program for youth in severe need of services. 


A Chance of a Lifetime 

Santa Fe, NM 

$25,000 to support organizational planning and increase staff capacity for equine therapy programs. 

Assistance Dogs of the West 

Santa Fe, NM 

$35,000 to train and place assistance dogs in Peer Support, Courthouse Facilities, or Crisis Response environments. 

Esperanza Shelter 

Santa Fe, NM 

$50,000 for a training and certification program that trains the staff of emergency housing organizations how to de-escalate crises. 


Santa Fe, NM 

$50,000 for a training program that helps the staff of behavioral health organizations in New Mexico recognize and respond effectively to domestic violence. In collaboration with Solace Crisis Treatment Center. 

Sky Center/New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project 

Santa Fe, NM 

$50,000 to sustain and expand an array of services that address a young person’s likelihood of suicide. 

Solace Crisis Treatment Center 

Santa Fe, NM 

$50,000 to support research, planning, and implementation of a strategy that integrates and streamlines all client services. 


Santa Fe, NM 

$50,000 for supported housing programs for homeless youth and young adults. 


Crisis Services 

Buffalo, NY 

$50,000 to support professional development through participation in the National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s Community of Practice on Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Care. 

Horizon Health Services 

Getsville, NY 

$49,932 for a new community outreach and education program to increase awareness about behavioral health and substance use in Buffalo, NY. 

Mental Health Advocates of Western New York 

Buffalo, NY 

$50,000 to create a ‘Warm Line,’ where young people can call, text, or chat with a youth peer advocate about issues and concerns they have that are affecting their mental health.