Courage House Network

Block by Block

In 1989, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation formulated the Courage House National Support Network for Kids. The Courage House logo represents the partnership effort among the Foundation, the NFL, NFL Charities, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), NFL Films, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni. This partnership demonstrates compassion and a commitment to heightening awareness of the issue of child abuse in our country while working to help improve the lives of children who suffer from such mistreatment. Upon joining the National Support Network, each Courage House receives The George Young National Grant and is presented a Courage House plaque for display at their facility.

Named after the NFL team in a respective city, a Courage House is a facility that provides support and quality care for abused children and their families in that community. Since it is traditionally an existing facility, the Courage House's prevailing identity and standing are augmented, not eliminated, by forming this partnership with its respective NFL franchise and the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation (i.e. the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Courage House at Holy Family Institute).

How do Courage Houses help?

Courage Houses offer programs that promote a healing, informative and preventive curriculum.

The children who receive care from the Courage Houses are children who have belonged to a "family in crisis" and are in dire need of professional therapy, guidance, nurturing, general support, mental health counseling, vocational/educational training and abusive behavior management therapy.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation directly helps the Courage Houses better reach their goals by providing the facilities with access to unique programs and services, grant opportunities with corporate and individual philanthropists, marketing and educational tools and much more.

The Foundation’s goal is to establish a Courage House in every NFL city.

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On December 8, 2010 The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation dedicated our 20th Courage House with The Washington Redskins Courage House at Youth For Tomorrow. Click Here for the Story

On March 8, 2011 The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation announced the 21st Courage House with The Philadelphia Eagles Courage House at Children's Crisis Treatment Center. A formal dedication will follow.

Our Courage Houses

Pittsburgh Steelers Courage House

Holy Family Institute • Sr. Linda Yankoski

Chicago Bears Courage House

Maryville Academy • Sr. Catherine Ryan

Miami Dolphins Courage House

Catholic Home for Children • Anne Brennan

Detroit Lions Courage House

Haven • Beth Morrison

Dallas Cowboys Courage House

Happy Hill Farm • Edward Shipman

Baltimore Ravens Courage House

St. Vincent’s Center • Mary Rode

New York Giants Courage House

My Sisters Place • Julie Domonkos

Oakland Raiders Courage House

Fred Finch Youth Center • Vonda Thompson

Seattle Seahawks Courage House

Childhaven • Debra Ronnholm

Carolina Panthers Courage House

Youth Homes Inc. • Frank Crawford, Jr.

Cleveland Browns Courage House

Providence House • Natalie A. Leek-Nelson

Atlanta Falcons Courage House

Eagle Ranch • Edwin J. Staub

St. Louis Rams Courage House

Our Little Haven • P. Scott Hummel

Indianapolis Colts Courage House

Children's Bureau • Ron Carpenter

Buffalo Bills Courage House

Gateway-Longview • James M. Sampson

San Francisco 49ers Courage House

Edgewood Center for Children & Families • Nancy Rubin

Minnesota Vikings Courage House

St. Joseph’s Home for Children • Edward McBrayer

Green Bay Packers Courage House

Family Services of N.E. Wisconsin • Brent Roubal

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Courage House

House of Hope Tampa • Lew Mustard

Washington Redskins Courage House

Youth for Tomorrow • Dr. Gary Jones

Philadelphia Eagles Courage House

Childrens Crisis Treatment Center • Antonio Valdez

San Diego Chargers Courage House

Casa De Amparo • Tamara Fleck-Myers