St. Mary Medical Center Grants $120,000 to 6 Local Nonprofits

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Dignity Health Community Grants Program

Back row from left: Jim Hansen, U.S. Vets; Don Wrigley, Beacon House Association of San Pedro; Robert Davis, Beacon House Association of San Pedro; Alan Terwey, Westside Neighborhood Clinic; (2nd row from left) Chris Goldman, Jewish Family & Children Services; Kathryn Miles, Jewish Family & Children Services; Wendy Rubio, Lutheran Social Services; Maxine Abbott, Lutheran Social Services; and Vicki Freda, Alliance for Housing and Healing.

On January 9, 2014, St. Mary Medical Center awarded $120,000 in grant funds to six nonprofit agencies and held a luncheon in their honor at the John Parr Health Enhancement Center on the campus of St. Mary Medical Center. This is $2,000 more in contributions than last year.

“As the hospital embarks on its 91st year of healing ministry, which was started by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we are proud to assist our local partners in providing vital services to the people in our community,” said St. Mary Medical Center Vice President of Mission Integration Sister Gerard Earls, who oversees the Community Grants Program. 

The grants are part of the Dignity Health Community Grants Program, which began in 1990 as a means for Dignity Health hospitals to partner with their community service agencies to meet the needs of the underserved, especially women, children and the homeless, and has provided more than $44 million in 2,805 gifts since its inception.

Grant recipients and their outreach efforts include:

Lutheran Social Services – Funding will support Health California Families, an expanded program for ethnic minority adults and children, by covering the cost of program supplies, food, personnel, and transportation for 8,800 low-income participants of ethnic minority families. The program focuses on prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children, as well as related medical and social issues, such as prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and school dropout reduction.

Westside Neighborhood Clinic – Funding will support the Medical Provider Expansion Project, which will help fund a 0.5 FTE nurse practitioner to provide a full range of medical services. By increasing medical staff, Westside Neighborhood Clinic will strengthen one of its fundamental purposes, which is to help patients manage their chronic diseases, increase their overall health, and minimize their impact on hospital emergency rooms.

Alliance for Housing and Healing – Funding will support two group homes in Long Beach that promote mental health and wellness of indigent persons living with HIV/AIDS. The homes are Soldano House on Sunrise Boulevard and Casa De Corazon on Lime Avenue. Each facility provides assisted living, nursing, hospice care, medication supervision and HIV-specific nutrition in a warm, homelike environment.

Beacon House Association of San Pedro – Funding will support the Mental Health and Wellness Project by providing food, housing, and treatment in a safe environment for men struggling with substance abuse and addiction issues. Clients of the program will receive comprehensive services and support for up to one year.

Jewish Family & Children Services – Funding will support the Active Adult Community Connection Program (AACP), which includes partially covering the costs associated with case management, program staff, clinical supervision/project oversight, as well as participant transportation and program supplies to benefit at least 300 seniors in Greater Long Beach.

U.S. Vets, Inc. – Funding will support the provision of mental health treatment – specifically individual and group therapy for 29 disenfranchised and homeless veterans in Greater Long Beach. Funding will also cover the costs of weekly individual and/or group therapy sessions by a licensed clinical mental health professional.

Foundation President Drew Gagner said, “These funds will help these nonprofit agencies to continue to move forward with carrying out their worthy missions, which tie in closely with those of St. Mary Medical Center and the founding Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.”

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