Founded in 1948, the Meadows Foundation has dispersed over $750 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to over 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies. This is the second major grant Legacy has received from the Meadows Foundation. In 1997 Legacy received a $22,000 grant which helped the organization fully open Legacy Founders Cottage, the special-care facility providing a cozy, homelike environment for people living with AIDS in critical stages of their illness who require 24-hour supervised care.
"Once again the Meadows Foundation has come through when we most needed their support, allowing us to continue to expand our services to a growing population that has so few options in mental health care and substance abuse treatment," said Melissa Grove, executive director of Legacy Counseling Center. "The realities of HIV and AIDS has changed dramatically since 1997, but now, perhaps more than ever, we all have to work even harder to help those in the most need, one client at a time."
The Meadows Foundation strives to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering, protecting the environment, providing cultural enrichment, encouraging excellence and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.
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Legacy Counseling Center provides individual and group therapy to HIV-positive people and their families. Legacy also operates Founders Cottage, a seven-bedroom house that provides 24-hour care for critically ill AIDS patients in a home-like setting.