(SJH-HC — Contributed)

St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County, announced on Monday that it recently awarded $300,000 to 25 local nonprofit organizations as part of its Care for the Poor Community Grant program. The funds, dispersed to agencies throughout the entire county, meet a variety of community needs such as hunger, housing, senior support, addiction, and health and wellness promotion.

“St. Joseph Health has a long tradition in Humboldt County of giving back to support the most vulnerable in our community,” said Martha Shanahan, manager of Community Health Investment. “We’ve been in this community for 100 years and every investment we make is part of the fabric that makes Humboldt a great place to live.”

SJH-HC, which operates St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, has long offered programs and services to the underserved in the county. Since 2012, SJH-HC has invested $1.4M in the local community through its Care for the Poor Community Grant program. Overall, the Community Benefit impact on community programs and services from SJH-HC was $14.4M for 2018.

“We recognize we can’t do this alone,” said Shanahan. “By supporting some of our wonderful nonprofit partners, we are saying, ‘You do great work, and we want you to do even more.’”

For nonprofits like the Humboldt Senior Resource Center, grants received from St. Joseph Health provide local seniors an opportunity to have access to resources that help them stay healthy and independent.

“Without the support of St. Joseph, many of our most at-risk seniors would face food insecurity,” said Barbara Walser, director of Nutrition and Activities. “This funding will directly support our ability to continue delivering meals to home-bound seniors. We are very thankful to St. Joseph for their support as we mobilize the community to close many of the health gaps in our senior population.”

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