The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation awards more than $700,000 to local nonprofit and grassroots organizations. The Fort Wayne-based nonprofit says the investment will support organizations that work with low-income and vulnerable residents.
The foundation says the majority of grants, totaling more than $650,000, are part of its spring grant cycle and address needs in four impact areas: prenatal and child care, nutrition and food insecurity, access to affordable and quality health care, and refugees and immigrants. .
The remaining funds are allocated to nonprofits, churches, and local organizations that will provide cooking and nutrition classes.
“We continue to see too many low income families in our community struggling with basic needs. We are seeing an increased demand for nutritious, low-cost foods, affordable, culturally-focused mental health services in our community, and a growing need for humanitarian legal services to support immigrants and refugees,” said Meg. Distler, executive director of the St. Joe’s Foundation. . “Our staff, grants committee and board of directors have spent a great deal of time learning about these and other important community issues and we believe the grants will offer both short and long term solutions for solve.”
The Spring 2022 Fellows are listed below:
- Living Community Outreach: $5,000 for work to cultivate a community of nonviolence.
- Amani Family Services: $100,000 for the Multicultural Family Justice Centre.
- Bienestar Sin Fronteras: $25,000 to address and minimize mental health access disparities for the uninsured and underserved Latin American population.
- Place Catherine Kasper: $30,000 to create a collaborative and sustainable system to provide affordable immigration legal resources in the community.
- Catholic charities: $50,760 for a full-time paralegal/immigration specialist to help Afghan evacuees apply for asylum, special immigration visas, or apply for permanent residence registration or adjustment of status.
- Courageous Healing: $35,000 to help offset the cost of providing culturally-based counseling services for low-income individuals and families.
- Arc Easterseals of Northeast Indiana: $30,000 to reopen and operate Easterseals Arc’s on-site health clinic.
- Fort Wayne Clubhouse / The Shed: $50,000 to help people recover from mental illness.
- GiveListen: $40,000 to support hearing care clinics for the underserved in the Fort Wayne area.
- Upstream advice: $50,000 to provide mental health services to the poor and underserved.
- HealthVisions Midwest Fort Wayne: $54,000 to operate HEAL Farmers Markets that serve residents in low-income, low-access areas of Fort Wayne.
- Living Hope: $20,000 for mental health counseling services to help clients recover from mental illness.
- Lutheran Agency for Burma Missions: $10,000 for medical defense and health promotion for Burmese residents.
- New Ministries of Mercy: $25,000 to support the Family Coach Manager position.
- Positive Connection to Northeast Indiana Resources: $25,000 to support free HIV and hepatitis C testing, access to pre-exposure prophylaxis for high-risk HIV-negative people, and linking to care and case management services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Coming out of a jam: $15,000 for at-risk young adults to learn job skills and reuse food waste through the Feeding Fort Wayne initiative.
- River of Life Christian Community: $10,400 for equipment to support HEAL markets.
- Safe Families for Children Alliance: $10,000 to prevent child abuse and provide basic needs assistance, shelter, family coaching and mentoring to low-income children and families.
- Society of Saint Vincent DePaul: $15,000 for the food pantry program at multiple locations in Allen County.
- St. Joseph Missions: $20,000 to help provide emergency shelter for homeless women.
- Wellspring Interfaith Social Services: $20,000 for the on-site food pantry and the Wellspring on Wheels mobile food pantry.
- Youth for Christ: $20,000 to support City Life, which serves urban teens living in South Fort Wayne.
The foundation says it has awarded more than 50 grants this year. In total, the foundation has awarded more than $24 million to nonprofit organizations.