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St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County Helps Area Needs Through Care for the Poor Community Grants

03/26/2015

Eureka, CA (March 26, 2015) – St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County has awarded $140,000 in grants to numerous local organizations to help meet the North Coast’s most pressing needs, including food security and care for victims of domestic violence.

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 Hospital Hospitals.

“Over time, St. Joseph Hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital have developed strong partnerships with local community organizations and we are honored to once again be able to provide these grants to support the valuable work they do in our community,” said Martha Shanahan, area director of community benefits for

St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County. St. Joseph Health – Humboldt County awarded grants to 14 organizations. Ten of those organizations are local. Larger community grants were given to:

Humbolt Senior Resource Center – Funding to continue the home delivered meal program for home-bound seniors.

McKinleyville Community Collaborative – Funds support food security activities at 12 family resource centers throughout the county.

Food for People – Continued funding to purchase produce through the state-run Farm to Family program.

Humboldt Domestic Violence Services – Funding to launch a service expansion program to the Latino community.

Redwood Community Action Agency, Family Services Division – Funds will support the agency’s Safe Haven Transitional Shelter program for families, providing proper nutrition, gardening and cooking classes, and mental and behavioral health counseling.

Area 1 Agency on Aging – Continued funding to expand its Volunteer Driver Program to assist with grocery delivery and shopping, food and safety assessments, assistance with medical appointments, and other program benefits.

Eureka Rescue Mission (ERM) – Funding for the purchase of healthy food to supplement donations and create nutritious meals for the homeless at ERM, as well as provide diapers and formula for homeless babies at the shelter.

Additional grants were awarded to Redwood Discovery Museum, Arcata House Partnership, Betty Kwan Chinn Homeless Foundation, Westside Community Improvement Association, Redwood Community Action Agency-Youth Services Bureau, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers.

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 its 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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