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 Poor grants.
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.