The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, recently awarded $992,307 in grants to local organizations in Allen County.
A Hope Center: $40,000 to support the limited medical model, providing clients with free nurse-administered pregnancy testing; education related to pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases; prenatal vitamins; and a first-trimester ultrasound.
AIDS Task Force: $16,000 to identify HIV-positive people within the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Allen County and link them to care coordination and medical services and initiate anti-retroviral therapy.
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana: $15,000 for support of Cancer Services’ Client Advocate Program in Allen County, which provides psychosocial support and financial assistance to help low-income cancer patients and their families.
Catholic Charities: $29,000 for a Hispanic health advocate to assist Spanish-speaking people, maximizing their access to health care services through interpretation, translation and coordination of health services; $10,000 to help fund the refugee health coordinator position to assist primary and secondary refugees with their health screenings and medical appointments.
Center for Nonviolence: $15,000 to continue providing health education, case management, medical interpretation and other related services to non-English-speaking populations who have significant barriers to health services.
Clinica Madre de Dios: $10,000 to help provide free health care visits to a predominately Spanish-speaking, poor, uninsured population.
Community Transportation Network: $30,000 for affordable, dependable, specialized medical transportation services for seniors, persons with disabilities, and low-income people.
Crime Victim Care of Allen County: $25,000 for the salary of a part-time addictions recovery manager to assist non-English speaking clients in CVC’s Alcoholic Anonymous support group and related services for families dealing with alcohol abuse.
Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health: $44,000 to continue interpretation, translation and navigation services for refugees seeking medical and environmental services.
Fort Wayne Clubhouse/Carriage House: $30,000 to assist adults with serious mental illness using the Clubhouse Model that creates hope, belief and opportunity, by providing practical strategies that help people get better.
Headwaters Counseling: $20,000 to supplement Headwaters’ program to provide mental health and substance abuse counseling to low-income families and individuals; $15,000 to continue mental health assessments and counseling for homeless shelters, providing centralized services to high-risk individuals.
Healthier Moms and Babies: $15,000 to be awarded as a $1 match for each $1 contributed from people or businesses/groups, up to $1,000 per donation.
HearCare Connection: $25,000 to help expand clinic hours from six clinic days monthly to three clinic days weekly and to add a monthly hearing clinic at Matthew 25, and to offer preschool assessments.
Hope Alive: $15,000 for comprehensive services for homeless women in the Transitional Housing Program.
Hope House: $12,500 to provide therapeutic family support to homeless, chemically dependent women and their families annually, and to provide recovery counseling groups on site.
Leadership Fort Wayne: $3,600 to underwrite the cost of scholarships for staff from Crime Victim Care of Allen County and Neighborhood Health Clinics.
Lutheran Agency for Missions to Burmese: $15,000 to provide medical advocacy, translation, transportation and home visits for follow-up, assistance and teaching for 400-plus Burmese people.
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana: $10,000 to help maintain intergenerational activities and staffing that enhances wellness for children at Children’s Village and residents of Lutheran Life Villages.
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic: $80,000 for the dental director’s salary, to oversee about 7,000-plus dental patients annually; $130,000 to help support the medical director’s position, providing professional oversight of service to 3,000-plus medical patients annually.
McMillen Center for Health Education: $25,000 to help underwrite at least 60 sessions for children in preschool through fourth grade, teaching nutrition, wellness, fitness and drug abuse prevention; $4,950 to increase school readiness of low-income children by designing a line of physicians oral health handouts to be distributed at well-baby visits at the Neighborhood Health Clinics WIC; and training medical and WIC personnel in use of the materials.
Mental Health America in Allen County: $20,000 to provide client advocacy and education for people with mental health issues, helping them access prevention, treatment and recovery programs.
Neighborhood Health Clinics: $50,000 to subsidize dental services for low income, uninsured patients who receive care on a sliding fee or through the school Dental Sealant Program.
SCAN: $15,000 to help fund medical transportation visits for low-income, at-risk families with children younger than age 3, in the Healthy Families program.
SoulMedic Media Group–RemedyLIVE: $25,148 to partly fund the SoulMedic Program, which provides biblical guidance to ages 13 to 25 visiting the online crisis center.
Super Shot: $55,000 for the community immunization clinic at Anthony Medical Center, which will serve an estimated 1,700 low-income community residents, including many minorities and refugees.
Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities: $10,000 to assist in providing therapy and wellness services to children and adults with disabilities to help them gain independence, dignity, wellness and a greater quality of life.
Wellspring Interfaith Social Services: $7,500 for health initiatives of the Older Adult Program, promoting physical, mental, emotional and social health.
Women’s Care Center: $38,000 or operations and a platinum sponsorship of the Tippmann McArdle golf outing to help more women choose life for their babies and have access to quality health care and health education.
Women’s Health Link: $7,500 for technical assistance to help with strategic planning for Women’s Health Link.
YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne: $23,080 for the Obesity Wellness Network and the Diabetes Prevention Program, to combat obesity and diabetes, by providing health and fitness services to 30 low-income obese and pre-diabetic individuals and their families.
Allen County Education Partnership: $1,500 to provide healthy and nutritious snacks to students participating in weekly literacy tutoring.
Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County: $1,500 for A Baby’s Closet to buy safety car seats, baby cribs, diapers and other items not donated so low-income families can adequately and safely care for their infants.
Blue Jacket: $1,500 for the Blue Jacket Career Academy, to help low-income and difficult-to-employ individuals gain employment skills.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne: $1,500 for Triple Play program support.
Broadway Christian Church: $1,500 to help sustain Inasmuch Ministry’s ability to provide needed Citilink bus transportation to clients.
Cedars HOPE: $1,500 for supportive services for women living at Cedars HOPE and/or transitioning to their own apartment.
Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne: $1,500 for the Layettes program, which provides newborn essentials, clothing and diapers at no charge to needy families through local hospitals and social service agencies.
The Franciscan Center: $1,500 for the Medicine Cabinet program, ensuring that residents on the south side of Fort Wayne have access to needed over-the-counter health-related items.
International House: $1,500 for the Women’s Club program, which serves refugee and international women who are new to our area.
Miss Virginia’s Mission House: $1,500 to enable Miss Virginia’s to advance their mission of providing healthy and nutritious food for the poor and needy who seek assistance.
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic: $1,500 to support the Fort Wayne program, which provides pro bono legal advice, education, and representation for low-income residents of Allen County.
Peanut Butter Ministries: $1,500 to assist Peanut Butter Ministries in providing meals to local low-income children during breaks from school.
The Reclamation Project: $1,500 for outreach to assist the refugee and immigrant community through programming, including: Translation Services, English acquisition, 911 Training, Circle of Friends and Reclamation Products.
The Rose Home: $1,500 for the general operating expenses of this facility serving women in recovery from addictions.
Society of St. Vincent DePaul: $1,500 to enable the organization to continue to transport people to their medical and therapy appointments in the Care Van.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church: $1,500 to support the clients of Ave Maria House through the Emergency Assistance Fund.
Three Rivers Right to Life Educational Trust Fund: $1,500 to fund the Diaper Giveaway Project for low-income families.
YWCA Northeast Indiana: $1,500 for the YWCA’s Circle of Women event, to raise awareness about and benefit individuals hurt by domestic violence.
East Allen County Schools: $5,000 to improve the amount and quality of sensory activities for at-risk students through the purchase and installation of equipment in a sensory room at Heritage Elementary.
Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana: $19,500 for a Hoyer lift and two adjustable exam tables so people with disabilities can receive quality medical exams on-site at Easter Seals.
Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center: $4,550 to upgrade the examination rooms with new medical and storage equipment.
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic: $9,369 for an electrocardiogram machine, defibrillators and dental equipment.
National Kidney Foundation of Indiana: $3,700 to purchase a Nova Stat Sensor blood analyzer and linearity kit for NKFI’s Indiana Kidney Check screening program.
Women’s Care Center: $7,000 for ultrasound printers and fetal models to help educate new parents to choose life for their babies.
Hope House: $720 to contract with Kathy Curtis to provide Hope House residents with her Invisible Ink program.
Whitington Homes & Services for Children and Families: $2,500 to implement a play therapy training curriculum for Whitington’s staff.
GATE – Growth in Agriculture Through Education: $15,785 to provide operating support for an urban gardening program for individual adults, teens and families living in or near the McCormick Place Apartments at the Slataper Street Farm.
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service: $7,250 for monthly cooking classes for adults, teens and families living in McCormick Place Neighborhood and residents of Redemption House. Also for providing food demonstrations and tastings offered at the McCormick Place Farmers Market.
Redemption House: $2,475 for an on-site urban gardening program for residents of the Redemption House at 2720 Fairfield Ave.