REDDING, Calif. (January 16, 2024) - Dignity Health North State announced today the distribution of funding to local nonprofits. Dignity Health’s grant program helps to improve community health and health equity, and enhance local service systems, via restricted charitable contributions for defined projects. Dignity Health North State’s $464,783 funding for local nonprofits is part of Dignity Health California's statewide total of $5.2M that was provided via community grants to nearly 100 organizations.
“As stewards of well-being, the heart of our purpose lies in a mission to support and provide resources to amplify the impact of these organizations. Each contribution is to improve the collective health of our community - a building block in the foundation of a better tomorrow,” said Rodger Page, President, Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital.
“We are honored to provide resources to the vulnerable and underserved populations and cultivate a thriving community where access to essential resources becomes a catalyst for growth and resilience,” added G. Todd Smith, President, Mercy Medical Center Redding.
Every three years, Dignity Health and health system partners conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment in each county to determine the most pressing health priorities.
"Dignity Health's annual community grants program is a testament to our dedication to improving the health and well-being of Californians," shares Julie J. Sprengel, California Region President, CommonSpirit Health. "By awarding over five million dollars in grants to nearly 100 non-profit partners, together, we are addressing some of the more challenging public health issues, such as food and housing insecurities, domestic violence, and mental health."
Dignity Health recognized the following organizations with grants, as each leveraged the power of collaboration in their communities to offer comprehensive assistance to those in need.
Mercy Medical Center Redding (MMCR) granted $328,653 to six non-profit organizations that support Mercy’s vision and values:
- Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley received funds to provide evidence-based programs in violence prevention, leadership, and healthy behaviors (mental health, stress and depression, nutrition) to 120 at-risk teenage girls in Shasta County.
- Northern Valley Catholic Social Service received funds to pilot the "Healthy Eating, Helping Hands." This pilot will provide nutritious weekend meals to 240 high need students in the Enterprise Elementary School District addressing food insecurity.
- Pathways to Hope for Children received funds to support the Teen Center. Pathways to Hope for Children, Catalyst Mentoring, and Youth Options Shasta will provide mentoring services, vaping/harmful substance use prevention groups, and programs for healthy living, life skills, and social connections.
- Shasta Family YMCA received funds to support a comprehensive and secure health initiative for the Redding youth and is dedicated to instilling foundational values such as healthy nutrition, exercise, and positive social behaviors among the youth.
- ShiningCare received funds to promote health and safety by preventing injuries and illnesses, ensuring a seamless continuum of care for individuals, and building community capacity through enhanced collaboration among healthcare providers for disabled adults in Shasta County..
- United Way of Northern California received funds to support the Shasta Micro-Shelter Collaborative, a project addressing the housing and addiction support needs of Shasta's community. The goal is to transition individuals from temporary sites into a more stable living environment, offering comprehensive wrap-around services to facilitate recovery.
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital (SECH) granted $97,751 to three non-profit organizations:
- Family Counseling Center received funds to increase accessibility to professional counseling for Tehama County residents who are unable to afford counseling.
- Poor and the Homeless Tehama County (PATH) received funds for their transitional care program. PATH will provide short-term transitional housing and coordinated care to homeless adults who are recovering from a non-acute illness or injury, and whose condition would be exacerbated by living unsheltered or in a place not suitable for recovery.
- Vision y Compromiso received funds to increase access to care by building the skills of 20 community leaders using the Promotoras Transforming Families and Communities training.
Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta (MMCMS) granted $38,379 to three non-profit organizations:
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Shasta received funds for the Summer Food Program and Nutritional Education. Funds seek to improve Siskiyou County’s high child food insecurity rate by providing nutritious lunches daily for up to 100 at-risk K-8 children.
- Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative received funds for the Help Me Grow Siskiyou Parent Support. This project aims to provide parental support services and link families to supportive services to bolster their mental health.
- Siskiyou Domestic Violence & Crisis Center received funds to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and their children. The goal is to empower survivors by helping them transition to violence-free relationships and fostering their independence through the establishment of housing outside of the abusive relationship.
About Dignity Health North State
Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need. The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living. Visit www.mercy.org to learn more.