2012-13 Considered Ongoing/Established Programs
Our Lady of Fatima After School Care Enhancement Program
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Birmingham, Ala.
Contact: Velda Gilyot, Principal
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School (OLF) is the first Catholic school to open its doors to the unserved/underserved population. OLF admits students regardless of color, race, religion, sex, and national or ethnic origin and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project, Los Angeles, Calif.
Contact: Nancee Lee-Allen, Executive Director
Project WISH offers free programs to help Latina immigrant mothers improve their literacy and parenting skills. The programs are designed to help them overcome the challenges of living in an isolated community with high rates of violent crime, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and alcohol/substance abuse — to better prepare their children for school and success in life.
Making a Healthy Transition
Family Advancement Ministries/St. Peter Claver Hispanic Ministry, Macon, Ga.
Contact: Sr. Mary Fran Hildenberger, DC, Executive Director
The project focuses resources to serve pregnant women and families with children 6 years old and under. In 2011 over 1000 low-income families received emergency financial assistance to prevent eviction and utility cut off and to provide car seats, cribs, layettes and clothes. An education program also teaches parents key practical skills like personal finance, CPR, and nutrition.
School-Based Mental Health Partnership Project
Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health, Arlington Heights, Il.
Contact: Scott Burgess, Executive Director
The program provides psychosocial rehabilitation, case management, psychiatry, supportive living, vocational assistance, outpatient therapy, community outreach and school-based mental health services. Over eighty percent of the program’s clients live at or below the federal poverty level.
School and Tutors on Wheels
School and Tutors on Wheels, LaGrange Park, Il.
Contact: Theresa Hutchison Denton, Executive Director
School and Tutors on Wheels is a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. The program is designed to help people live their lives at their potential, break the poverty cycle, improve their overall life situations and more fully participate in community life. Also provides assistance preparing for U.S. Citizenship and G.E.D. exams.
St.Vincent Perinatal Loss Evaluation Program
St.Vincent Hospital Foundation, Indianapolis, Ind.
Contact: Andy Zirkle, Grants/Research Manager
The program serves the specific population of parents who have experienced and unexpected stillbirth or newborn death. Specifically, it provides medical evaluations that can provide answers to the questions of both the parents and physicians regarding the unexpected death. Bereavement literature is also provided to families.
4Community Neighborhood Impact
4Community Partners, Kokomo, Ind.
Contact: Lori Tate, President
4Community Neighborhood Impact provides programs to strengthen fragile families by mobilizing neighborhood assets and providing new resources through community alliances. One program, the Food To You (mobile food pantry) provided 2,940 meals between January and April 2012. Another program provides parent education including special classes for teenage parents.
Gerard House, Inc.
Via Christi Health, Wichita, Kan.
Contact: Jim Barber, President, Via Christi Foundation
Gerard House is one of three licensed Residential Maternity Homes in Kansas. Young women enrolled in the program receive care during their pregnancy and for the first four months after delivery. Gerard House provides a safe, caring and pro-life environment for soon-to-be mothers and does not limit services and benefits based on race, religion or disability.
People Program, Baton Rouge, La.
Contact: LaVerne Kappel, Executive Director
People program creates a community of learning, growth, health, and wellness. Ongoing learning and activities are offered at each site, including fitness, computer, arts and crafts, nutrition and first aid classes. Theology and Bible study are also available.
Parent-Infant Partner Program
Infant Mortality Program — St. John Providence Community Health, Highland Park, Mich.
Contact: Mary Ann McCourt, Development Officer
The Parent-Infant Partner (PIP) is a distinct outreach service that provides regular in-home visits and one-on-one mentoring with high-risk pregnant women. It assists women from pregnancy, to birth and until the baby is one year of age.
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Chesterfield, Mo.
Contact: Chris Martinez, Director of Development
The program teaches children with hearing loss to listen, speak and read without the use of sign language through innovative curriculum and a highly trained staff of certified deaf educators, speech therapists and audiologists. The ihear program reaches beyond the boundaries of St. Joseph’s campus through HIPAA compliant therapy over the internet.
Healthier Life/Healthier You
St. John’s Family Health Center, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, Perth Amboy, N.J.
Contact: Amber Zinsky, Grant Writer
The program would provide assistance to residents who have diabetes, obesity and other comorbidities. A registered dietician will meet with individuals/families and create individual food treatment plans that are culturally sensitive and follow curriculum that addresses recommended lifestyle changes.
Counseling, Mental Health, and Family Preservation
The DePaul Catholic School, Philadelphia, Pa.
Contact: Michael Clark, Development Director
The program serves the children of The DePaul Catholic School and families by providing counseling services, family preservation and parent involvement, and physical well-being awareness. It further addresses the physical and mental health need of students .
San Juan Diego Catholic Regional High School, Mission, Texas
Contact: Vic Garza, Program Coordinator
The proposed Nurses Station for the 2012-2013 school year includes a nurse’s office and health area which would enable the school nurse to provide necessary health services to students and staff.