The Sam Lamantia Award was established in 2019 and is available exclusively for the members of National Courage House Support Network for Kids. Annually, one facility is chosen to receive a $10,000 grant and $1,500 second prize to support a specific programs that directly benefits the well-being of children served at their facility.
Over the past four years, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation has supported various initiative across the country including a Therapeutic Facility Dog (Baltimore-2018), Music Therapy Program (Seattle -2019), Mobile Computer Lab (Los Angeles – 2019), Foster Care Recruitment Program (Carolina – 2020) and Therapeutic Nursery (Philadelphia – 2020).
In 2021, the Buffalo Bills Courage House, Gateway Longview, was selected to provide necessary funding towards the remodel of their campus Therapeutic Lodge in Williamsville, New York. The project will be a vocational experience that is designed to provide exposure to and teach the youth skills associated with various trades, i.e. roofing, windows, electrical and landscaping. The program will be a hands-on experience for the youth, who will be learning from Gateway Longview’s skilled maintenance team and tradesmen.
Once the work is completed, the rehabbed space will become an area for a holistic approach for recreational programming and activities, in particular providing individual and small group activities and a therapeutic visitation area for youth and their families. The goal is to utilize the space for art therapy, nature trails, yoga, mindfulness and spiritual life sessions while connecting with nature in a calming, peaceful and safe space. The New Orleans Courage House, Rickey Jackson & Friends Community Hope Center, was awarded the second prize to help fund their Read-to-Succeed Program.