Providence Saint John’s Health Center lives its mission of outreach to the poor and vulnerable

September 07, 2016

Providence Saint John’s Health Center will provide a total of $534,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations in Santa Monica and surrounding communities to serve those most in need.

The Santa Monica hospital will distribute checks at a 3 p.m. reception Sept. 7 as part of its ongoing Saint John’s Community Grants Program. The event reflects the 160-year-old Providence mission of outreach to the poor and vulnerable.

“Providence Saint John’s, and all our Providence ministries, are dedicated to our core strategy of Creating Healthier Communities, Together,” said Ron Sorensen, director of community health partnerships for the hospital. “By partnering 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.” 

Among the recipients are organizations that help the homeless, provide medical care to low-income individuals, serve at-risk youth, offer wellness programs, serve the needs of the elderly and care for those with memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease.

These are the organizations chosen to receive grants:

  • Venice Family Clinic for its homeless health care program
  • Westside Family Health Center’s Sweet Success diabetes management program
  • Saint Anne School to help fund school nursing, counseling services and tuition subsidies for low-income families
  • Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s school nursing services at under-served schools       
  • Boys and Girls Club’s Healthy Lifestyles Program
  • Safe Place for Youth to provide mental health services for homeless youth who use its drop-in center
  • St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café serving homeless and low-income clients
  • WISE and Healthy Aging’s Training and Education Center providing evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs
  • Upward Bound House’s Family Place Program that provides temporary transitional shelter to homeless families
  • Ocean Park Community Center’s Wellness Beds Program, which provides recuperative care to homeless clients who need a place to recover from illness
  • Meals on Wheels West, for its Delivering More Than a Meal Program
  • Pico Youth and Family Center’s wellness program that offers fitness, health education classes and mental wellness services
  • OPICA, which provides adult day and counseling services to those with memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.