Seven local nonprofits receive grants
L to R Back Row---John Pritchard, St. Johns’ Retirement Village; Siv Winberg, St. John’s Retirement Village; Terrell Thomas, Families First-Yolo Crisis Nursery; Colleen Brock, Woodland Healthcare; Kevin Vaziri, Woodland Healthcare; Jeannie Oropeza, Woodland Healthcare Board; James McLeod, Yolo Community Care Continuum; Diane Kavrell, Northern California Children’s Therapy Center; Trish Stanionis, Yolo Family Service Agency; Chris Gutierrez, Yolo Wayfarer Center; Leone Jull, Yolo Wayfarer Center; Hibbard Williams, Citizen’s Who Care.
L to R-Front Row---Yvonne Shouse, Citizen’s Who Care; Joanne Bell, Citizen’s Who Care; Marsha Lewis-Akyeem, Families First-Yolo Crisis Nursery; Michelle Kellogg, Yolo Community Care Continuum; Christina Michel-Albers, Northern California Children’s Therapy Center.
Sacramento, CA, January 26, 2012 – Woodland Healthcare, an affiliate hospital of Dignity Health, has awarded $58,843 in grant funding to seven nonprofit organizations in Yolo County.
The grants, from $5,000 to $10,000 will build capacity in the community to offer much needed services ranging from primary care to mental illness to chronic disease management, shelter, and various social support programs to underserved and vulnerable populations. This year’s recipient organizations reach out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.
“Many people here in Yolo County will benefit from the organizations that received Dignity Health community grants,” said Colleen Brock, executive director of the Woodland Healthcare Foundation. “The money will directly help the mentally ill, homeless, families in crisis and the elderly and we are proud to collaborate with these agencies that will lend a helping hand to those who need it most.”
The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is open to all non-profit community service organizations that share Dignity Health’s mission and values and are dedicated to building healthier communities by improving health and living disparities. The program supports organizations that increase access to care for the poor, and address the underlying causes of illness – such as physical and substance abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness – as well as specific health issues. Grant funding is awarded according to specific criteria and restricted to the specific programs proposed. The grants are funded by contributions from Dignity Health’s member hospitals. In the Sacramento region, Dignity Health hospitals that contribute to the grants program are Woodland Healthcare, Mercy General Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Mercy Hospital of Folsom. Dignity Health in greater Sacramento, including Woodland Healthcare, awarded a total of $647,010 in grant funding to 21 nonprofit organizations in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo Counties.
“Our grants program is an important part of our overall service and commitment to the communities our hospitals serve,” said Michael Taylor, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento and San Joaquin service areas. “Our funding priorities remain focused on increasing access to primary and mental health care to help fill the gaps that exist in our region’s safety-net as a result of the current economy and lack of public funding. We are proud to support and work collaboratively with nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping those in need in the communities we serve.”
This year’s Community Grants were awarded to the following Yolo County organizations:
Citizens Who Care for the Elderly – In home respite and friendly visiting program for people over age 60 who require assistance with daily living tasks.
Families First, Yolo Crisis Nursery – Provides emergency respite care for families with children birth to five years old.
Northern California Children’s Therapy Center – Provides early intervention services, socialization and access to healthcare and therapy services to uninsured and underinsured children with physical, developmental and mental disabilities.
St. John’s Retirement Village – Provide residential hospice for medically indigent patients without a residence or family member to provide care at home.
Yolo Community Care Continuum – Provides housing support and mental case management services to mentally ill adults to prevent homelessness and psychiatric hospitalization.
Yolo Family Service Agency – Provides low income counseling for uninsured children and families.
Yolo Wayfarer Center – Provides intermediary housing, case management and parenting/life skills classes to homeless families.
Dignity Health has distributed over $6 million to 275 organizations in the Sacramento area and $42.4 million to deserving projects throughout the Dignity Health system. Grant recipients are required to complete a detailed grant proposal outlining the purpose and scope of the project to be funded, as well as the population to be served, the project’s outcomes, plans for its long-term operation and measurement of success. Projects must be in the area of healthcare, and related social services.