First published in the Nov. 19 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
In its continuing outreach to those in need of health care, housing, after-school activities and other services, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center recently awarded financial grants totaling $2.7 million to eight nonprofit partners serving Burbank and surrounding communities.
During a gathering at the hospital this week, checks were presented to:
• All Inclusive Community Health Center, committed to increasing access to health care and other social services for underserved populations
• Armenian Homenetmen: Burbank Sipan chapter, instilling in Scouts the values of teamwork and leadership to help develop character, citizenship, knowledge of Armenian culture and acquire scouting knowledge
• BCR: A Place to Grow, offering a community-based program to educate students with mild cognitive delays and challenges with social communication and/or language development
• Burbank Community YMCA’s new Social Impact Center, the city’s first LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
• Comprehensive Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center that offers quality, comprehensive affordable health care services for all ages
• Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, working to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty, hunger and homelessness by offering immediate assistance and long-term solutions
• L.A. Family Housing, providing housing and critical, life-saving services to end homelessness
• Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, dedicated to connecting family caregivers with each other and providing information and support
The grants come from funding for community investment, a tradition that dates back more than 160 years when the Sisters of Providence arrived in the West and began partnering with like-minded people to build hospitals, schools, orphanages for the poor and vulnerable.
“We are pleased to offer our support to these organizations and the great work they do in our community,” said hospital Chief Executive Karl Keeler. “And we are humbled to be continuing the legacy of our founding Sisters of Providence.”