West Bend, Wis. — The Healthy Community Fund has awarded $241,100 in grants to nine area non-profit organizations. The agencies selected to receive funding this year include Albrecht Free Clinic, Casa Guadalupe Education Center, Elevate Inc., Family Promise of Washington County, Friends Inc., Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, Kettle Moraine YMCA, NAMI Washington County, and Youth and Family Project.
The Healthy Community Fund was created in 2008 through St. Joseph’s Community Foundation to support community programs and projects throughout Washington County that will positively affect the health and wellness of those living and working within this area. The goal of the fund is to bring together non-profit organizations and resources that will support healthy lifestyle choices as well as provide support for programs committed to the promotion of health and wellness.
Oversight of the Healthy Community Fund is provided by a committee of individuals from local communities as well as Joseph’s Hospital and Froedtert &MCW Community Physicians. The fund is administered through the St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Engagement Department.
For more information about the Healthy Community Fund, eligible organizations or how to apply for funding, go to healthycommunityfund.com.
Summaries of Recipient Organization Projects
Albrecht Free Clinic, “Smiles for a Lifetime” — $76,500
Healthy oral hygiene and dental care have been identified by the Albrecht Free Clinic as an emerging community health need. Funds will support emergency care, basic restorative and oral hygiene, and education for the uninsured and underinsured.
Casa Guadalupe Education Center, “Healthy Latinos, Healthy Futures” — $17,600
Funds will support health seminars and programs, outreach initiatives and transportation needs to promote education about health screenings, diabetes prevention, active lifestyles and nutrition for Latinos living in Washington County.
Elevate, Inc. “Elevate U” -- $20,000
Funds will be used to implement support Elevate “U,” targeting youth ages 12 – 17 early in their trajectory of substance abuse, truancy or delinquency and gets them back on track toward reaching their full potential. Elevate’s professional staff will provide evidence-based early individual and group intervention.
Family Promise of Washington County, “Health Services & Housing for the Homeless” — $32,000
Family Promise opened a new Singles Shelter in February 2018, tripling the client base. The funds will be used to identify unaddressed behavioral health and physical health needs of individuals who are homeless, connect them to quality health care services, encourage follow-through with recommended treatment, and ensure safe and stable housing while seeking services.
Friends Inc., “Supporting Mental Wellness” — $16,000
The funds will be used to create a pilot project in partnership with Kettle Moraine Counseling to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault improve their mental well-being and live a drug-free life. Services will include mental health/substance abuse assessments, transportation costs, childcare and rent assistance.
Interfaith Caregivers of Washington County, “Senior Transition Program” — $22,500
Funding will help seniors live and thrive in their homes and community by providing transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores/food pantries and exercise and wellness programs. When transportation barriers for seniors are removed, a senior’s access to health care and other vital services such as nutrition and wellness improves.
Kettle Moraine YMCA, “Wellness Programs” — $14,500
Funds will be used for the Diabetes Prevention Program through classes, screenings and community programs. This year-long program engages adults who are overweight or pre-diabetic in a group lifestyle intervention to live a healthier life through long-lasting behavioral changes.
NAMI Washington County, “Recovery Center Programs” — $21,000
Funds will support programs and services in the Recovery Center through supported relationships so that individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. NAMI’s programs focus on creating a stigma-free community through illness experience recovery, resiliency and overall well-being.
Youth and Family Project, “Childhood Trauma Collaboration” — $21,000
Youth and Family Project is partnering with the Family Center of Washington County to offer Childhood Trauma Collaboration to address issues associated with childhood trauma and provide a continuum of services to children facing difficult life events.
Attending the awards ceremony were: (seated L-R) Noelle Braun, Casa Guadalupe Education Center; Alissa Mosal, Albrecht Free Clinic; Janean Brudvig, Interfaith Caregivers; Ruth Henkle, Albrecht Free Clinic; Amanda Wisth, HCF committee member; (standing, L-R): Jim Strachota, Interfaith Caregivers; Julie Wolf, Elevate; Andy Dresang, director of Community Outreach, Community Hospital Division; Lisa Krenke, NAMI; Kate Nickel, Friends Inc.; Christian Tscheschlok, chair of St. Joseph’s Hospital Board of Directors; Emily Greene, The Youth and Family Project; Dr. Jeffrey Smale, HCF committee member; Allen Ericson, president of St. Joseph’s Hospital; Chad Feltz, HCF committee member; Bonnie Debroux, The Youth and Family Projects; Mary Beth Emmer, Kettle Moraine YMCA; Jim Curler, Kettle Moraine YMCA; Jacci Gambucci, HCF committee member; Lori Prescott, Family Promise; David Ertmer, Family Promise; Ann Johnson, director of St. Joseph’s Community Foundation.