November 1, 2017

C-Mass firms awarded $700K in community health grants

Karole O'Leary of HMEA provides employment training to John Loughlin, who is on the autism spectrum. HMEA was awarded $65,000 to pilot an employment program.

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has awarded nearly $700,000 in grants to 11 local organizations to support health improvements in the region.

A total of 72 grant applications were received this year, the foundation said in a press release Wednesday.

The grants total $694,516, the second-largest amount ever awarded in a single year, the foundation said.

The grants awarded include:

  • GAAHMA, Inc. in Gardner - $98,275 for a women's housing program.
  • Heywood Hospital in Gardner - $92,976 for a community mental health center to treat substance abuse and behavioral health.
  • Abby's House in Worcester - $75,000 to renovate a thrift shop which subsidizes the Abby's House shelter, housing and advocacy.
  • The Barton Center for Diabetes Education in North Oxford - $67,000 for a technology update to implement electronic recording of data for people with Type 1 diabetes.
  • HMEA in Millbury - $65,000 to pilot a program to help adults with autism retain employment at Dell/EMC and other local companies.
  • Worcester Community Action Council - $62,000 for a banking program to address the financial needs of those living in poverty.
  • Advocates, Inc. in Framingham - $57,365 to launch a jail diversion program to divert Hudson and Sudbury residents with mental health and substance abuse disorders from jail to treatment.
  • Veterans, Inc. in Worcester - $55,800 to establish a billing and credentialing department at its clinical stabilization services facility to bill for third-party insurance reimbursement.
  • Arms with Ethics - $55,000 for a program in collaboration with the Worcester Police Department and Worcester medical community to help prevent someone with mental health and substance abuse from accessing a gun.
  • The Casa Project - $45,600 to renovate a training room for new volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in Worcester County Juvenile Court.
  • Montachusett Inferfaith Hospitality Network in Leominster - $20,000 for to replace a roof on a homeless shelter.

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