Providence St. John’s staff and 2016 grant recipients

Providence St. John’s staff and 2016 grant recipients

Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica gave $534,000 to 13 local nonprofits on Sept. 7 as part of its ongoing Community Grants Program, a continuation of Providence Health & Services’ 160-year mission of outreach to the poor and vulnerable.

“All our Providence ministries are dedicated to our core strategy of creating healthier communities together,” Community Health Partnerships Director Ron Sorensen said. “By collaborating with organizations that have special expertise in serving the less fortunate in our communities, we can help build better lives for our neighbors here on the Westside.”

The organizations that received grants will use the money for programs that help the homeless, provide medical care to low-income residents, serve at-risk youth, facilitate wellness programs, serve the needs of the elderly, and care for people dealing with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease.

They include the Venice Family Clinic, Westside Family Health Center, Saint Anne School, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, Boys and Girls Club, Safe Place for Youth, St. Joseph Center, WISE & Healthy Aging, Upward Bound House, Ocean Park Community Center, Meals On Wheels West, Pico Youth and Family Center, and OPICA Adult Day Care Services.

Representatives from these organizations gathered for a reception in the hospital’s cafeteria to receive their checks.

“This grant comes to us at a very critical time when public policy has moved the funding focus from transitional housing like ours to permanent housing,” Upward Bound House Executive Director Christine Mirasy-Glasco said. “However, homeless families still need a safe secure place to stay and services while they are waiting to transition into permanent housing.”

— Regan Kibbee