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St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County Supports Area Needs through Care for the Poor Community Grants

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Eureka, CA (January 26, 2016) - St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County has awarded $200,000 in grants to numerous local organizations to help meet the North Coast’s most pressing needs, including food insecurity and palliative care access to rural, underserved communities.

The grants are part of St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County’s annual Care for the Poor community grant program. Awardees are chosen by the Community Benefits Committee of St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals.

“Being able to provide this support to our non-profit partners - who tirelessly meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors - is the highlight of the year for the Community Benefits Committee. Our partners do such meaningful work; work that helps improve the overall health of our community. We are honored to support them,” said Martha Shanahan, area director of Community Benefits for St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County.

St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County awarded grants to 21 organizations. Larger community grants were given to:

Humboldt Senior Resource Center - Funding of the home delivered meal program for home-bound seniors.

Eureka Rescue Mission - The creation and continuance of a chaplaincy position for the Mission to meet the spiritual, mental and behavioral needs of clients.

Humboldt Network of Family Resource Centers - Funding to support food security activities at 14 Family Resource Centers.

Food for People - Funding to purchase produce through the state-run Farm to Family program.

St. Vincent de Paul - Funding to support general operations of the free dining facility.

Klamath Trinity Resource Conservation District - Funding to support the Kin-Ta-Te Community Garden, augment the existing Vegetable Club and plan a community kitchen.

Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation - Funding to prepare and deliver meals to the homeless from Scotia to Orick.

Redwood Teen Challenge - Funding to support the Streams of Living Water center which will house women during recovery.

Additional grants were awarded to Willow Creek Youth Partnership dba Dream Quest, Arcata House Partnership, 211 Humboldt, Westside Community Improvement Association, North Coast Growers’ Association, Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation, CASA of Humboldt, Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction, Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, ResolutionCare Fund/Community Initiatives, Healy Senior Center of Southern Humboldt, Inc., The Salvation Army and Southern Humboldt Community Park.

As a Catholic health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of people in the communities it serves. In addition to providing high-quality health care, all St. Joseph Health entities are committed to reinvesting 10 percent of their income back into the community. St. Joseph Health - Humboldt County is pleased to be able to reach beyond the walls of its facilities and work with the recipients of this year’s Care for the Poor grants.

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