Eureka, CA (January 29, 2014) – St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County awarded $135,500 to
several local organizations on January 22, 2014 as part of its annual
Care for the Poor community grants. The grants are chosen by the Community
Benefits Committee of St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals
and this year they address food security on the North Coast.
The ten organizations receiving grants this year include: Open Door Community
Health Center, Westside Community Improvement Association, Humboldt Senior
Resource Center, Redwood Community Action Agency, Redwood Region of the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Food for People, Community Alliance with
Family Farmers, Area 1 Agency on Aging, Arcata School District, and Humboldt
Network of Family Resource Centers. The money will go to a variety of
programs designed to help ensure fruits, vegetables and nutritious meals
are available to some of the most vulnerable in our community, including
children and seniors. Additionally, one grant will help provide mental
health resources for the local Latino community.
Martha Shanahan, area director of Community Benefits for St. Joseph Health
– Humboldt County, said awarding the grants is one of the highlights
of the year for the Community Benefits Committee. "Over time, St.
Joseph Hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital have developed strong partnerships
with local community organizations and we are thrilled to once again be
able to provide these grants to support the valuable work they do in our
community," Shanahan said.
As a Catholic health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange,
our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of people in
the communities we serve. In addition to providing high-quality health
care, all St. Joseph Health entities are committed to reinvesting 10 percent
of our income back into the community. St. Joseph Health – Humboldt
County is pleased to be able to reach beyond the walls of our facilities
and work with the 10 local recipients of this year's Care for the
From left: Joshua Allee, Vice President of Mission Integration for St.
Joseph Health – Humboldt County, Martha Shanahan, director of Community
Benefits for St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County (far right) and
Rodney Maples, a St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County Board of Trustees
member, present a Care for the Poor community grant to Janet Ruprecht
(left) and Barbara Walser from the Humboldt Senior Resource Center to
help continue prompt response to the need for home delivered meals.