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St. Francis Foundation Announces Second Cycle of 2010-2011 Fiscal Year Grants, Focus on Local Access to Healthcare and Safety Net Services

Semi-annual grants awarded to programs serving Santa Barbara’s most vulnerable residents

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 25, 2011 – The St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara has awarded grants totaling $709,594 to 14 local programs and organizations during the second of two fiscal year granting cycles. The Foundation announced its first round of grants in February 2011. During the Foundation’s 2010-11 fiscal year, which ended June 30, a total of $1,187,104 in grants were awarded to 26 local programs and organizations. These grants direct support to organizations that form a ‘safety net’ of nursing, healthcare, senior and end of life care services in the Santa Barbara South Coast community area, with special emphasis on those most in need. Many of the programs that St. Francis Foundation supports also directly save the community the high costs of emergency and crisis healthcare.

“Access to affordable healthcare is a struggle for people all over our country, and right here at home,” said Debbie Cloud, Executive Director of the St. Francis Foundation. “We saw a significant increase in the number of grant applications this year. More than ever, we are grateful to our donors who are entrusting the Foundation to direct their support to caring for our most vulnerable, and to the education and prevention that result in the opportunities that come with better health.”

The St. Francis Foundation has a longstanding tradition of supporting and promoting healthcare for the community’s most vulnerable residents. From the Parish Nursing Community Outreach program, operated by Cottage Health System, to funding nursing scholarships at Santa Barbara City College and supporting physical and mental health care, the St. Francis Foundation acts as a steward to identify and support local organizations committed to serving those most in need.
“Because of the generosity of our donors, The St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara continues to carry out our vital work in the community,” said Andrew Ochsner, St. Francis Foundation Board President. “The clarity of our mission guides our granting decisions, so these worthy organizations can provide clinical and compassionate care to so many who would otherwise have to face frailty, illness, homelessness or the end-of-life alone.”

St. Francis Foundation June 2011 grantees:

Parish Nursing Community Outreach Program

The Parish Nursing Community Outreach Program was established to bring healthcare directly to people most in need and to ensure people learn to incorporate good health habits into their daily lives. Through major funding by the St. Francis Foundation, Parish Nursing, operated by Cottage Health System, reaches thousands of people in need each year through faith communities, home and hospital visits, screenings and educational programs.

Liberty Program

The Liberty Program, sponsored by the St. Francis Foundation and managed through Cottage Health System, offers qualified individuals free laser treatments to remove visible anti-social, gang or prison tattoos in exchange for the successful completion of community service at a nonprofit organization. The Liberty Program will continue through the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health, beginning in August 2011.

Capital Contributions

  • Cottage Hospital

Homeless Outreach and Healthcare Assistance

  • Casa Esperanza: support for 24-hour on-site nursing care with parish nurses, CNAs and a medical outreach coordinator, as well as transportation expenses from the shelter to Cottage Hospital emergency room
  • Willbridge: on-site nursing care for people transitioning from chronic homelessness

End of Life Care

  • Alliance for Living and Dying Well: a Countywide collaboration of end-of-life services for individuals and families – scanning equipment for Five Wishes events and outreach coordinator

General Support: Organizations providing medical, mental health and/or homeless services

  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics: support of Care for Every Child Program

Medical, Mental Health and/or Homeless Services

  • Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County: health care for people living with mental illness
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center: Homeless outreach programs

Medical (Dental, Vision)

  • SEE International: Santa Barbara Vision Care Program for low-income local adults and children, including screenings and surgery

Memorial

  • St. Anthony’s  Dining Room: In memory of Argentina Pearson
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart: In memory of Sister Sylvianne Mattern

Nursing Scholarships

  • Santa Barbara City College

The St. Francis Foundation funds annual scholarships at Santa Barbara City College for nursing, sonography and ultrasound degrees. The St. Francis Hospital Guild Associate Degree in Nursing Scholarship is awarded to promising students who demonstrate a strong commitment to a life and career in nursing.

Senior Services Program

  • Friendship Center: On-site nurse for senior day care center
  • Gatekeepers: Education program support for isolated and vulnerable seniors

About the St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara

The St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara promotes and supports health and healing in the Santa Barbara South Coast community, with particular attention to those most in need. In 2010, through major funding by the St. Francis Foundation, the Cottage Parish Nursing Community Outreach Program brought caring and healing to almost 14,000 adults, seniors, youth and families in need through health care, community screenings, and education programs. From January through June 2011, the Parish Nurses have already served over 9,000 people in need in Santa Barbara. The Foundation also supports nursing scholarships through Santa Barbara City College and provides grants for local services including healthcare, senior services and end of life care.

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