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St. Francis Foundation Awards More Than $1 Million in Local Grants During 2009 Fiscal Year

Funding provided assistance for programs serving Santa Barbara’s most vulnerable residents

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., August 18, 2010 – The St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara awarded grants totaling $1,156,563 to 26 local programs and organizations during its 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2010. These grants channel support to the 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.

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 and Liberty tattoo removal programs, operated by Cottage Health System, to funding nursing scholarships at Santa Barbara City College and supporting 24-hour healthcare for homeless individuals at Casa Esperanza, the St. Francis Foundation acts as a steward to identify and support local organizations committed to serving those most in need.

“In this devastating economy, the need for our programs and support is in the highest demand as those in poverty in our community face more dire choices, and more are falling into poverty every day,” said Andrew Ochsner, St. Francis Foundation Board President. “The number of people here who require assistance is at an all time high, and it is more important than ever that the St. Francis Foundation continue assisting local agencies that provide life-saving work. Only through the generosity of our supporters are we able to provide this support to so many worthy organizations in Santa Barbara.”

This past fiscal year, 26 local programs and organizations were awarded St. Francis Foundation grants in the categories of nursing, medical care, mental health and homeless services, senior care, end of life care and health education.

Parish Nursing and Liberty Programs

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 home and hospital visits, screenings and education programs. The Liberty Program, also 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, each participant must complete community service work in a non-profit agency.

Homeless outreach, health care assistants, urgent and non-emergency medical transportation

  • Casa Esperanza
  • Santa Barbara Street Medicine
  • Tri-County Transportation/Blue Dolphin Taxi
  • Willbridge

End of life care

  • Sarah House

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

  • Angels Bearing Gifts
  • Casa Serena
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center
  • Pacific Pride Foundation
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Villa Majella

Capital Contributions

  • Cottage Hospital
  • Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association

Medical (Dental, Vision)

  • St. Cecilia Society
  • SEE International

Memorial

  • Guide Dogs for the Blind

Senior Services Program

  • Friendship Center
  • Garden Court
  • Gatekeeper Program
  • Gildea Foundation
  • Villa Riviera

Mental Health

  • Mental Health Association in Santa Barbara County

Nursing Scholarships

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

  • Santa Barbara City College

Sponsorships

  • Partnership for Excellence

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 2009, 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 and community screenings and education programs.  Through June 2010, St. Francis Foundation Parish Nurses have already served 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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