Foellinger Foundation Awards $25,000 Inspire Grant to Amani Family Services

Amani Family Services has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 by the Foellinger Foundation.

The Foellinger Foundation Inspire Grant will be used over two years to plan and implement Amani’s new Multicultural Child Music Lab. Amani will collaborate on this program with several other organizations, including the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Research Institute and Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music.

“The Multicultural Child Music Lab will impact our families and contribute to academic research. Music is a creative and evidence-based method of healing and communication. The Lab will benefit those who suffer from mental health distress and culture shock,” says Amani Executive Director, Irene Paxia.

Amani Family Services is a private nonprofit organization serving over 1,000 families and individuals from around the world who have made Allen County their home. It is one of the largest nonprofit agencies serving immigrants and refugees in the area, offering four programs, and employing approximately 40 multilingual staff members and contractors. Amani services include child abuse and neglect intervention and prevention, victim care, and counseling.

The Foellinger Foundation is a private, charitable foundation that invests in excellence by providing grants, leadership training, conferences, workshops and thought-leading speakers to strengthen nonprofit organizations that serve Allen County. The Foundation was created in 1958 by Helene Foellinger, The News‐Sentinel publisher from 1936 to 1980, and Esther Foellinger, her mother.