Sisters Health Foundation holds luncheon to honor community groups

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Dec. 8, 2018

Wayne Towner, Reporter

Photo by Wayne Towner Renee Steffen, executive director of the Sisters Health Foundation, speaks at Friday’s annual foundation Grantee Luncheon at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The grantees receiving recognition completed over $800,000 worth of projects involving grants from the foundation over the past year.

VIENNA — A total of 63 organizations, programs and agencies were recognized Friday by the Sisters Health Foundation for their work this past year to complete projects and programs for which they received funding from the SHF.

The annual Grantees Luncheon was held Friday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna by the SHF, formerly the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, with representatives from the grantees and from the fund’s board of directors, staff and area constituents and funding partners.

Renee Steffen, executive director of the SHF, said the main purpose of Friday’s event was to recognize groups, organizations and programs who received grant funding from the SHF who have completed those projects.

“That amounts to over $800,000 invested in the region,” Steffen said of the grantees participating in Friday’s luncheon.

“A lot has changed in our external environment over the last year with the addiction crisis and changes to health care access in the foster care system, to name a few,” she said. “Every organization in this room has in some way stepped up to the challenge to respond to these evolving times in their respective areas of health.”

Photo by Wayne Towner A total of 63 grantees were recognized Friday at the 19th annual Sisters Health Foundation Grantee Luncheon.

During the luncheon, representatives of three of the programs spoke about the work they do and the support provided by organizations like the SHF in providing services and assistance. This year’s speakers included Lisa Doyle-Parsons, executive director of the Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Jim McKay, Prevent Child Abuse WV State Coordinator for TEAM for WV Children, and Rebecca Burke speaking on behalf of the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home.

The SHF has been active for about 19 years in helping groups and organizations in eight West Virginia counties and three Ohio counties, the area once served by St. Joseph’s Hospital for over a century. The foundation serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wood, Wirt and Roane counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs and Washington counties in Ohio.

The grantees recognized this year included:

Oral Health

* Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Parkersburg, general operating support and equipment for a full dental treatment room.

* Pilot Club of Jackson County, Ripley, dental services for children and adults in Jackson County.

* West Virginia Health Right, Charleston, dental equipment for the on-site clinic in Charleston and mobile dental unit in Roane County.

* West Virginia Oral Health Coalition, Charleston, support for statewide environmental scan toward implementation of Community Water Fluoridation and fluoride varnish training in Jackson and Tyler-Wetzel Health Departments.

Healthy Lifestyles

* Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, operating support for Triple Play healthy lifestyle programs.

* City of Spencer, Spencer, new swings, a picnic shelter and basketball equipment for the Fifth Street Park.

* Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, expansion of case management to provide counseling services in the Marietta area and at the Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home.

* Ely Chapman Education Foundation, Marietta, child safety and booster seats for bus and purchase of age appropriate anatomy and nutrition models for their programs.

* EVE Incorporated, Marietta, upgrade of the security system.

* GoPacks, Marietta, general operating support.

* Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home, Charleston, utility assistance for their transitional home and after care apartments

* Marietta City Health Department, Marietta, AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and baby changing stations.

* Marietta Family YMCA, Marietta, bus for childcare and summer camp programs.

* Meigs County Council on Aging Inc., Pomeroy, equipment for an intergenerational, outdoor fitness playground in Middleport.

* O’Neill Senior Center, Marietta, commercial grade freezer for the adult day center.

* Roane County Board of Education, Spencer, renovation of the Roane County High School track that is used by school and community groups.

* Rural Action, Athens, expansion of local food networks that increase healthy food access to students and communities in Southeast Ohio.

* Voices for Children — CASA Program, Parkersburg, operating support to provide direct service to abused and neglected children.

* Washington-Morgan Community Action, Marietta, enhancement of summer feeding program in New Matamoras and Beverly.

* West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Charleston, mini-grant program for community based teams promoting healthy lifestyle projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

* West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, HAL, 5-year-old pediatric simulator to be used by Associate Degree in Nursing Program students.

* Wood County Alternative Transportation Council, Parkersburg, local safety awareness campaign to increase bicycle safety and motorist awareness.

* YMCA of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, security system for the center.

* Alzheimer’s Association — West Virginia Chapter, Parkersburg, support for caregivers and educational programming.

* American Red Cross of Northwest WV, Parkersburg, expansion of services to promote and maintain the well being of veterans.

* Women for Recovery, Athens, support healthy eating preparation and education for women in recovery.

Health Equity

* Echoing Hills Village, Athens, wheelchair accessible vehicle to transport people with developmental disabilities.

* Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg, general operating support to help families in Wood and Washington counties move out of generational poverty.

* Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation, Parkersburg, operating support for the Substance Abuse/Mental Health Treatment Coordinator.

* Future of Nursing WV Action Coalition, Charleston, support for faith community nursing network and summits addressing hospital and faculty/staff workforce shortages.

* Marietta College, Marietta, Nonprofits LEAD in support of capacity building for Mid-Ohio Valley nonprofits.

* Marshall University Research Corporation, Huntington, development of sustainable employment for clinically-based community health workers serving high-risk diabetes patients.

* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, Parkersburg, operating support to serve people in recovery.

* Community Food Initiatives, Athens, development of online food resource hub called Southeast Ohio Foodlink to inform community planning and assist people in locating food resources.

* Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Free Clinic, Athens, support for patient medication vouchers, diabetes and hypertension management supplies, vision screening supplies, and patient/lab diagnostic expenses

* Recovery Point of West Virginia, Parkersburg, operating support for the Parkersburg site serving men in recovery.

* SW Resources, Parkersburg, hydraulic paper cutter

* TEAM for WV Children, Huntington, operating support for the WV ACES Coalition.

* Washington County Free Clinic, Marietta, general operating support to meet healthcare needs of uninsured and underinsured adults.

* West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, Charleston, support for research and analysis to secure long-term funding for Medicaid.

* West Virginia Partnership for Elder Living Inc., South Charleston, operating support for study to identify congregate independent living facilities where elders can receive health care services at their places of residence.

Basic needs/direct service grants

* Adams House Ministries, Middlebourne, monthly vouchers for fresh produce.

* Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, Huntington, swaddlers for babies from the Mid-Ohio Valley affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome.

* Community Resources Inc., Parkersburg, blessing bags of food, water and hygiene items for senior citizens.

* First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, supplies for the community gardens and food for the pantry.

* Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer, support of Calhoun, Wirt and Roane county residents in times of emergency.

* Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, Worthington, Ohio, food for mobile pantries in Athens and Meigs counties.

* Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg, general support for volunteers in the Senior Companion Program.

* Wood County Schools, Parkersburg, oral health and emergency response equipment and supplies.

* West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Charleston, operating support to educate legislators and leaders on Medicaid, to perform outreach to local partners, and to share consumer health care stories.

* Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Mineral Wells, weekend meals for Mineral Wells Elementary students.

* Nelsonville Food Cupboard, Nelsonville, eggs for Athens County clients.

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church, Ripley, food for Jackson County children on weekends during the school year.

* Parents and Friends of the Hearing Impaired Inc., Marietta, hearing tests and assistive listening devices for eligible deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

* Parkersburg Urban Ministries Inc., Parkersburg, utility assistance to Wood County clients.

* River of Life Care Closet, Rutland, Ohio, equipment and supplies for the pantry.

* Roane County Long Term Recovery Group, Amma, W.Va., basic appliances for families affected by the flood.

* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown Inc., Morgantown, lodging support for families while their child is receiving care at the hospital.

* St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, formula for families who use the baby pantry.

* Stephenson United Methodist Church, Parkersburg, weekend brown bag lunches for Jefferson Elementary School students.

* The Salvation Army of Parkersburg, Parkersburg, food and trays for the Meals for One and Soupline programs.

* West Central Drug Court, Parkersburg, emergency housing, rental and basic needs assistance for participants.

* Women’s Care Center, Parkersburg, cribs and car seats for expectant and new mothers.

Athens County Foundation, Athens, collaborative grant among the Athens County Foundation, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital and the Sisters Health Foundation to support the Southeast Ohio Foodbank and member pantries through the food purchase program:

* 3C Food Pantry, Cutler

* Athens Catholic Community Food Pantry, Athens

* Athens County Food Pantry, Athens

* Basic Needs Ministry, Athens

* Belpre Church of Christ, Belpre

* Beverly Waterford Food Pantry, Beverly

* Chauncey Church of God, Chauncey, Ohio

* Feed My Sheep Food Pantry, New Marshfield, Ohio

* The First Baptist Church of Nelsonville, Nelsonville

* Golden Harvest, Long Bottom

* Lutheran Social Services Mobile Food Pantry, Lancaster, Ohio

* Marietta Church of God Food Pantry, Marietta

* Marietta Community Food Pantry, Marietta

* Nelsonville Food Cupboard, Nelsonville

* New Matamoras Food Pantry, New Matamoras

* Newport Community Food Pantry, Newport

* River of Life Care Closet, Middleport, Ohio

* The Salvation Army of Athens, Athens

* Silver Run Food Pantry, Cheshire, Ohio

* Torch United Methodist Church, Torch

* Tri County Food Pantry, Lower Salem