Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation is able to impact the lives of our patients, staff, and community through good stewardship by recently awarding more than $29,000 through Community Health Initiative Grants.
The following are some of the impacts made through the St. Joseph’s Foundation. These accomplishments would not have occurred without the generosity of those in our community and staff who support the Foundation, impacting not only individuals but the health of our entire community.
Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND Chapter received $3,000 to help provide education to patients, caregivers and the community regarding the stages of Alzheimer’s.
“This is an issue that touches so many lives. Alzheimer’s diagnosis affects the entire family and it is so important that education is available to support not only the patients facing the disease, but also the support network around that person,” said Jana Shogren, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation Board Member.
Horizon Heath – Faith in Action of Morrison County was awarded $6,000 to help keep elderly citizens in their homes. The program primarily works to find volunteers to provide rides to elderly to and from medical appointments, pharmacies, and social services. In addition, they install ramps and grab bars on elderly low-income individual’s homes.
Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter Let’s Go Fishing received $4,750 for repairs and updates to a pontoon used for group outings for Seniors. The goal of the organization is to bring social and mental welfare to our aging population.
Crow Wing County Brainerd Lakes Toward Zero Deaths was awarded $1,200 to purchase child car seats. This group currently facilitates 1-2 car seat safety checkup events per year. They find over 85% of the children are not restrained properly and have a non-compliant car seat.
“It’s a pleasure for St. Joseph’s Foundation to approve a grant that will decrease or prevent roadway injuries and fatalities to children”, said Ann Bergin, Board Member.
Mounted Eagles received $10,000 to provide scholarships for riders for therapeutic equine activities. Mounted Eagles serves persons of all ages with physical, mental, social and emotional challenges in an environment that offers participants an opportunity to accomplish learning the skills of horsemanship. While teaching students these skills they are also building self-esteem, increasing physical strength, enhancing their mental capabilities, making friends and having fun.
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank was awarded $5,000 to help increase the number of food shelves in Crow Wing County that distribute fresh produce on a regular basis. All of the grant funding will be used to purchase produce.
“Second Harvest is an agency that provides ongoing needed services and continues to find ways to improve the quality of goods and services it offers by focusing on getting fresh protein, fruits, and vegetables to individuals and families who experience food insecurity,” said Donn Beaubien, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation Board Member.
The following organizations received an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which is the equivalent of a $1,300 grant, to provide immediate, on the spot, emergency aid:
- Hazelton Township in Aitkin
- Holy Family Church, Retreat & Activities Center in Hillman
- Nisswa Police Department
St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors reviews grant applications six times annually. Applications must focus on community needs in the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics service area, be submitted by nonprofits or governmental agencies, and meet outlined criteria. If you would like to apply for a grant from Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation, more information and a grant application can be found at EssentiaHealth.org/Foundation or by calling 218.828.7362. The next deadline for applications for Community Health Initiative Grants is June 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified within 60 days.
A gift to the St. Joseph’s Foundation supports local healthcare needs and the Lakes Area community today, tomorrow and into the future. For more information contact David Jeremiason, Foundation Director at 218.828.7362 or David.Jeremiason@EssentiaHealth.org.