The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, announces $440,350 in grants in the first five months of 2013 to local organizations to improve the health, wellness and health care access for the low-income and vulnerable in Allen County.
The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have had active ministry programming in this community since 1868, and through this Foundation have invested $14,184,684 through 915 grants into 174 Allen County agencies since the sale of St. Joseph Medical Center in 1998. All grants are focused on helping to establish and maintain centers of excellence in mental, physical and spiritual health care delivery to the low-income in our community and building programming to address gaps that prevent individuals from attaining health and wellness. The funded agencies also reflect many of the values of the Foundation’s sponsor, including respecting the dignity of each person served.
In addition to providing grants, the Foundation also provides programming to address gaps in services, including operating Project Connect, which provides the Medical Interpretation & Healthcare Navigation Program for Burmese refugees and immigrants, and a Resource Directory of Allen County’s low-cost, quality healthcare resources. The Resource Directory also provides an alert service to upcoming health and wellness opportunities and fairs, which is available to the community on-line at www.sjchf.org.
The following grants have been funded in 2013 through May 31:
AIDS Task Force
Provide for emergency medical assistance to men, women, and children living with HIV in Allen County.
Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health
To continue to provide efficient, timely and accurate interpretation and translation services to refugees seeking medical and environmental services.
Support for Client Advocate program and financial assistance to help low-income cancer patients and their families with prescription costs and medical co-pays for cancer-related costs.
For the Hispanic Health Advocate Program to provide supported services for Spanish-speaking individuals and families in order to maximize their access to health care services through interpretation, translation and coordination of health services.
To provide medical advocacy and supportive services for Cedars HOPE residents who were homeless, have a serious mental illness, and are of low income.
Community Transportation Network
To provide affordable, dependable specialized medical transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income persons.
Crime Victim Care of Allen County
For the salary of the part-time immigrant victim care provider to assist clients in the Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group and related family groups for non-English speaking clients.
East Wayne Street Center
To provide 50% of the Health Coordinator's Salary and Benefits.
Operating support for mental health and substance abuse counseling to very low-income families and individuals ($20,000) and for mental health assessments and counseling as needed for partnering homeless shelters to provide centralized services to individuals in high-risk, homeless situations to move them towards wellness ($5,000).
Healthier Moms and Babies
A matching grant furthering the mission of improving the outcome of pregnancy and reducing infant mortality among high-risk, low-income families.
HealthVisions of Fort Wayne
Sponsorship for the 6th Annual Meeting of the Allen County Health Disparity Coalition on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, focusing on the topic of Healthcare Reform The Role of Mainstream Media.
Support for hearing clinics for low-income individuals.
Support for apartment housing and comprehensive services to assist homeless women in becoming healthy, productive members of our community in the Transitional Housing Program.
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
To continue to maintain the level of Intergenerational Activities and staffing that enhances wellness for the children at Children's Village and residents of Lutheran Life Village.
McMillen Center for Health Education
To provide vital health curriculum to youth preschool through fourth grade, teaching the importance of nutrition, wellness, fitness, and drug abuse prevention as it pertains to keeping their bodies healthy.
Mental Health America in Allen County
To provide client advocacy and education for people living with mental health issues, so that they have access to the prevention, treatment and recovery programs they need to be successful.
NAMI of Fort Wayne
To facilitate a Clergy Workshop and to develop training and ongoing support for NAMI Volunteer Advocates to help people impacted by incarceration.
National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics
Support for spiritual health opportunities at the Annual Gathering Event of the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics in Fort Wayne in September 2013.
Neighborhood Health Clinics
To subsidize low-income, uninsured patients who receive dental services on a sliding fee scale, including the school Dental Sealant Program.
SoulMedic Media Group RemedyLIVE
To continue to give Biblical guidance to young adults who come to the SoulMedic website or text with hurts, habits and hang ups.
Women’s Care Center
For support as a platinum sponsor of the Tippmann-McArdle golf outing and to underwrite client care with the objective of helping more women choose life for their babies and have access to quality health care and health education.
Blessed Catherine Kasper Award for Outstanding Service to the Poor
Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County
Operating support for "A Baby's Closet" to purchase safety car seats, baby cribs, diapers, and other items not donated so low-income families can adequately and safely care for their infants.
Fort Wayne Urban League
To purchase curriculum, online assessment software, and supplies for science programming in the After School Academy.
To subsidize low-income clients who are unable to pay the full cost of the hot nutritional meals.
Light of the Cross Outreach Ministries
Operating support for "Taste and See: A Ministry of Healthful Eating."
Peanut Butter Ministries
To provide meals to local low-income children during breaks from school.
Society of St. Vincent DePaul
To transport individuals to their medical/therapy appointments in the Care Van.
Three Rivers Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
To fund the Diaper Giveaway Project for low-income families.
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services
To enable Wellspring to continue to provide services to those who live in the core of the city.
Frederick J. Pfeiffer Fund – in Honor of Charles F. and Henrietta Eckart Pfeiffer – for Medical and Surgical Equipment
Early Childhood Alliance
To purchase hearing screening devices, printer and start-up supplies.