by Mercy's Todd Nighswonger
More than 200,000 people in five states will get a lift from $600,000 in grants earmarked for the homeless, elderly, children and uninsured who have chronic illnesses.
The Mercy Caritas and Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need grant programs provide funds to health and human services programs that meet unique community needs.
“Caritas is a local, community-driven effort,” said Kevin Minder, executive director of mission and community health. “These grants assist organizations that help the most vulnerable members of our communities gain access to needed care and services.”
Now in its 29th year, Mercy Caritas (caritas means “charity” in Latin) is providing $500,000 in grants. The Catherine McAuley Area of Greatest Need fund is a $100,000 grant amount supported by Mercy co-workers as part of the annual Mercy Way campaign and administered through the Mercy Health Foundation.
The 29 recipient organizations include: