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Community organizations awarded millions in Capital Region

Community organizations awarded millions in Capital Region

Mother Cabrini Foundation funded by Catholic Church's sale of Fidelis Care

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation last week announced nearly $150 million worth of grants to assist more than 500 initiatives and programs designed to improve community health in poor and under-served communities.

It is the first round of awards by the foundation and it includes grants worth millions for over one dozen Capital Region grantees. The largest recipient in this area is the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany — its schools and its Catholic Charities ministry will get more than $3.8 million.

The largest single Capital Region recipient other than Catholic Charities was The Ellis Hospital Foundation, which was awarded $600,000 to ensure access to psychiatric care.

The money comes from a $3.2 billion endowment funded by the sale of Fidelis Care. Fidelis was created by the Catholic bishops of New York state as a nonprofit health insurer in 1993 and sold in 2018 to Centene, a for-profit managed care enterprise with over 64,000 members and 23 million members in 50 states.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation states that it serves people of every faith and no faith in all parts of New York state.

The organizations it is assisting with this first round of grants address the health needs of these people, whether through assisting with the social determinants of health (providing food and legal assistance) or the practicalities (transportation to clinics and improved telehealth technology) or outright care (mental health services and dental services).

Recipients of its grants must deliver their services in a manner consistent with the ethical principles, tenets and teachings of the Roman Catholic faith, though they need not be Catholic. Among the first round of recipients are Coptic, Episcopal, Jewish and Muslim organizations.

In the greater Capital Region, the following grants and grantees were announced:

  • Adirondack Foundation — Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance $150,000
  • Adirondack Health Foundation — Light at Mercy $150,000
  • Albany Diocesan School Board — Beacon of Hope Scholarship Fund $500,000
  • Albany Medical Center — Building Bridges for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders $72,905
  • Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools — Counseling Services and Family Connection $60,000
  • Dominican Retreat House — Spiritual Sanctuary for Seniors, Persons With Disabilities and 12-Step Program Members $142,004
  • HFM Prevention Council — Cookin’ It Up $183,000
  • Hudson Headwaters Health Network — Fresh Food Farmacy $175,000
  • Bassett Medical Center — Mobile Cancer-Screening Coach $10,000
  • Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties —Reducing tobacco use among a rural, low-income population $87,742
  • Mercy Care for the Adirondacks — Age Friendly Communities Initiative $340,000
  • Resource Center for Independent Living — Many Hearts Senior Care Center Transportation $56,684
  • Schenectady Inner City Ministry — SICM Community Resource Center and Campus $100,000
  • Teresian House Nursing Home — Cognitive Connections: Unlocking Memories and Enriching Lives $100,000
  • Whitney M. Young Jr. Health — Whitney on Wheels $300,000

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany:

  • Basic Needs and Community-Based Services $386,000
  • Maternal and Child Health Program Expansion $210,141
  • Aging Life Care Services $373,076
  • Mary's Haven Community Home for the Dying $123,329
  • Sunnyside Summer Day Camp $198,610
  • No Wrong Door $1,509,646
  • St. Charles Lwanga Homeless Shelter Enhancements $231,840
  • Supportive Apartment Transitional Living Program $153,265

Ellis Hospital Foundation:

  • Safeguarding Services for those Needing Psychiatric Care $600,000
  • Personalized Recovery Oriented Services Program for Adults with Mental Illness $10,000

St. Peter's Hospital Foundation:

  • Connecting Older, Vulnerable Individuals to Spiritual Resources $175,000
  • Mobile Dental Treatment to Our Neediest Children $84,800


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