St. Joseph Community Health Foundation Announces $488,257 in 29 Local Grants

Thursday, 03 January 2013

Sjchf Grants

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, announces $488,257 in grants 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 $13,744,334 through 885 grants into 171 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 build programming to address gaps that prevent individuals from attaining health and wellness. 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 is also available to the community on-line at

The following grants have been funded:

Unrestricted Funds

Aung San Suu Kyi Welcoming Committee --- $1,500

For sponsorship of the Aung San Suu Kyi public event on September 25, 2012.

Catherine Kasper Place --- $10,500

Funding for a community needs assessment and strategic planning consultation to determine how to best respond to refugee and immigrant needs in Allen County.

Catholic Charities  $10,000

Support for the refugee health administrative assistant position.

Center for Nonviolence --- $10,000

Funding for health education, case management, medical translation and other related services to non‑English speaking populations who have significant barriers to health services. 

Fort Wayne Clubhouse / Carriage House --- $25,000

To assist adults with limited resources in reclaiming their lives from the devastation of serious mental illness by providing unique and effective Clubhouse Model psychosocial rehabilitation.

Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries ‑ Charis House --- $5,500

To support the Charis House medical clinic with $3,000 for operating support and supplies; and $2,500  for durable medical equipment from the Charles F. and Henrietta Eckart Pfeiffer Fund. 

A Hope Center --- $45,000

$35,000 for the medical model supporting limited medical services; and $10,000 for a new ultrasound machine from the Charles and Henrietta Pfeiffer Fund. 

Hope House --- $12,500

To contract with Headwaters Counseling to provide therapeutic family support to homeless, chemically dependent women and their families and to provide some recovery support groups and addictions counseling on‑site.

Living Luke's Legacy Clinic --- $1,500

Funding for basic medical supplies for the clinic. 

Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic --- $3,785

To continue the collaboration with the YWCA Northeast Indiana to provide healthcare education/services for the clients residing in the Crisis Shelter, through a Matthew 25 licensed Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic --- $110,000

Support for the full‑time Dental Director's salary. 

Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic --- $130,000

Support for the full‑time Medical Director’s salary. 

Midwest Alliance for Health Education ---$5,000

Support for the Health is the Key to My Heart program, which provides free cardiovascular screenings for approximately 500 inner‑city minority and low-income Fort Wayne residents.

SCAN --- $15,000

Support for medical transportation costs for Healthy Families clients.

Super Shot --- $65,000

Support for immunizations at the following sites: Anthony Medical Center, West State Street Clinic and United Hispanic Americans. 

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne --- $19,445

Support for the Obesity Wellness Network and the Diabetes Prevention Program. 

Blessed Catherine Kasper Award for Outstanding Service to the Poor

Blue Jacket --- $1,500

To support the urban garden initiative. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne --- $1,500

Support for the Triple Play which equips members with skills needed to become healthy, fit and successful adults.