Sisters Health Foundation honors grant recipients

Photo by Wayne Towner Renee Steffen, executive director of the Sisters Health Foundation, welcomes attendees Friday at the foundation’s annual luncheon to recognize grantees who have completed their projects during the past year.

VIENNA — A variety of 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, who took over this year as executive director of the SHF following the retirement of Cynthia Drennan, said it has been wonderful.

“We have a great staff team,” she 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.

Photo by Wayne Towner Organizations, groups and programs were recognized Friday at Grand Pointe Conference Center during the annual Grantees Luncheon conducted by the Sisters Health Foundation.

“We have 91 grants representing $1.1 million. Today’s a day to celebrate the hard work of our grantees over the past year,” Steffen said.

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. Dominique Dye, treatment coordinator with the Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corp., spoke about helping people deal with addiction and mental health issues. Walt Newlon, director of Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance, talked about diabetes prevention and treatment programs among the member hospitals and organizations in the alliance.

Heather Warner, director of GoPacks, talked about the GoPacks program which is designed to offer food insecure students a source of nutrition when they are away from school on weekends and short school breaks. Backpacks filled with shelf stable food are sent home with students in need on Fridays.

The SHF has been active for about 18 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:

Responsive Grants Program — Oral Health Priority

* WV Health Right Inc., Charleston — Consumable dental supplies to uninsured and under-insured.

* MOV Health Department, Parkersburg — General operating support and equipment for a full dental treatment room.

Healthy Lifestyles Priority Area

* Athens City-County Health Department, Athens, Ohio — Home blood pressure monitors to be used for a lending program to promote chronic disease prevention.

* Athens Mental Health Inc., dba The Gathering Place, Athens, Ohio — Operating support to promote recovery, peer support, linkage services, advocacy, education, wellness activities, healthy food access, and community integration opportunities.

* Barlow Agricultural & Mechanical Society, Barlow — Repair of Barlow Walking Track.

* Catholic Cemeteries — St. Francis Xavier Church, Parkersburg — Meditation benches and prayer plaques in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery for peaceful and mindful reflection as well as encouragement of exercise.

* The Children’s Listening Place Inc., Parkersburg — Operating support to promote child advocacy and minimize trauma experienced by children who were victimized by abuse and neglect.

* Devola MultiUse Trail Committee (Marietta Rowing & Cycling Club), Marietta — Landscaping and beautification of the trail, specifically the addition of trees and plants and outdoor benches.

* Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Elizabeth — AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat incidents of heart failure.

* Healthy Bodies Healthy Spirits West Virginia, Charleston — 12 workshops focusing on healthy lifestyle habits to prevent and manage chronic disease.

* Lubeck Elementary School, Lubeck — Develop play area and replace age-appropriate play equipment.

* Meigs County Council on Aging Inc., Pomeroy — Renovations at the former Middleport High School for the future use as the home of the MCCOA Community Center.

* Meigs United Methodist Cooperative Parish, Pomeroy — Replacement of dishwasher to provide clean, healthy and nutritious food for their community of low to middle income individuals.

* O’Neill Senior Center, Marietta — AED to facilitate healthier lifestyle programming.

* Pleasants County Emergency Ambulance Authority, St. Marys — New monitor/defibrillator unit.

* Prevent Blindness, Columbus — Expansion of EyeWatch program in Southeast Ohio.

* Rural Action, Athens — Expansion of the Farm to Institution to School program.

* Two Runs Community Association, Palestine — Construction of walking trail for the community.

* United Campus Ministry, Athens, Ohio — Upgrade kitchen and dining room.

* Vienna Senior Citizens Center, Vienna — Expansion of senior center to be a center for exercise and physical activity.

* Walton Elementary Middle School, Walton, W.Va. — Upgrade of playground with exercise equipment.

* Washington-Morgan Community Action, Marietta — Enhancement of Summer Feeding Program in New Matamoras and Beverly.

* Wood County Schools, Parkersburg — Treadmills and exercise bicycles for the exercise room.

* WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Charleston — Mini-grant program giving multi-sector, community based teams to promote healthy lifestyle projects and train local leaders.

Health Equity Priority Area

* American Friends Service Committee, Milton, W.Va. — Public policy advocacy to preserve health care gains, child nutrition and anti-hunger advocacy, racial equity.

* American Heart Association, Charleston — Implementation of the curriculum-based CPR in schools and CPR Anytime Training Program.

* American Lung Association in WV, Charleston — Comprehensive Education Campaign for the Ohio Valley region, specifically support for COPD patients and their caregivers.

* American Red Cross of Northwest WV, Parkersburg — Citizen CPR training to high school students and CPR training certification to on-site personnel.

* CASA for Children, Moundsville — Tyler County program preserving kinship placements, advocating to keep siblings together, and assisting Fostering Futures initiative.

* Enroll America, Washington, D.C. — Facilitation of coalition of health care enrollment assisters for the Southeast Ohio region.

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

* Harmony Mental Health Inc., Parkersburg — Operating support for outreach coordinator who provides trauma education and awareness focused on developing a trauma sensitive culture.

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

* Marietta Memorial Health Foundation, Marietta — Full Body X-ray training tool to provide students with opportunities to practice with real X-ray images.

* Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Grantsville — Capacity support for health care providers to identify at-risk diabetic patients and for community health workers to educate patients on diabetes management.

* National Church Residences, Columbus — Support cost of vehicle for project start-up that serves elderly and disabled residents of Washington County.

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

* Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Pennsboro — Upgrade of medical equipment to increase rapid response capabilities.

* Pleasants County Office of Emergency Services, St. Marys — AEDs to provide greater access to life saving equipment in the community’s public buildings.

* Rural Emergency Trauma Institute, Wheeling — Provide service area hospitals with infrascanners, non-invasive portable devices that use near-infrared technology to detect brain hematomas.

* Washington County Career Center, Marietta — Apollo Patient Simulator for medical professionals.

* West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, Charleston — Operating support to educate legislators and leaders on Medicaid, to perform outreach to local partners, and to engage consumers in solving problems in health financing and system changes.

* Wood County Handle With Care, Parkersburg — Therapy rooms for six Wood County schools, therapy aides, and a laptop computer and projector for training and education.

* WV Center on Budget and Policy, Charleston — Support for research and analysis to secure long-term funding for Medicaid.

* WV Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, Williamson, W.Va. — Operating support for a Recovery Coordinator, emotional and spiritual care teams, and unmet needs of families in Roane and Jackson counties.

* WVU Foundation Inc., Morgantown — Development of WV FOODLINK in researching food security and fostering a more resilient food network in West Virginia.

* YMCA of Parkersburg, Parkersburg — Upgrade of software to better track participants’ utilization and promotion of programs and services.

Basic Needs/Direct Service Grant Program

* Adams House Ministries — Monthly vouchers for fresh produce as well as hygiene and cleaning supplies.

* First Lutheran Church — A weed-eater and its accessories for the two community gardens.

* Good Samaritan Center — Refrigerator for storage of perishable items for clients.

* Good Shepherd Episcopal Church — Basic personal items such as gloves, winter hats, underwear, socks and toiletries.

* GoPacks — Healthy foods for student GoPacks, family meals at events and monthly enhancement items like school supplies and personal items.

* Hocking.Athens.Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) — Car seats and booster seats for children who meet the WIC income guidelines in Athens County.

* Kanawha Valley Fellowship Home — Assistance with basic needs in transitional homes.

* KVC Health Systems — Basic necessities for foster families in Jackson and Roane counties.

* Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio — Food for new mobile food pantry in Athens County.

* Marietta Community Food Pantry — A dozen fresh eggs per household visit to pantry.

* Nelsonville Food Cupboard — A dozen fresh eggs in the regular monthly distribution for families in Athens County.

* Old Man Rivers — Nutritious foods and canned meats.

* OSU Extension of Washington County — Nutritional education for low income families through Cooking Matters program.

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church — Food for children on weekends during the school year.

* Parkersburg Academy Greenhouse project — High tunnel for vegetable gardening in an extended growing season.

* Salvation Army of Athens and Meigs County — Direct assistance to low-income utility customers who experience financial hardship and face disconnection.

* South Parkersburg United Methodist Church — Backpack Food Ministry WV Healthy food bags for children to have a healthy start in making healthy choices.

* The Salvation Army of Marietta — Overnight stays at a local hotel in Washington County for one evening per individual or family deemed to be without proper housing.

* The Salvation Army, Parkersburg — Food for feeding program and food pantry.

* Tri County Food Pantry — Food for the economically disadvantaged.

* Voices of the Streets Inc. Essentially Yours — Bed linens of all sizes for the once-homeless and those transiting from long term substance use into housing.

* Washington County RSVP — Mileage reimbursement for medical transportation conducted by volunteers.

* West Central Regional Drug Court — Emergency housing and rental assistance, clothing, toiletries, and perishable foods.

* Bounty on the Bricks — In collaboration with the Athens County Foundation, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation of Nelsonville, and SHF to support the Southeast Ohio Foodbank, these are the member pantries:

* 3C Food Pantry, Cutler, Ohio

* Athens Catholic Community Food Pantry, Athens, Ohio

* Athens County Food Pantry, Athens, Ohio

* Basic Needs Ministry, Athens, Ohio

* Silver Run Food Pantry, Belpre

* Beverly Waterford Food Pantry, Beverly

* Feed My Sheep Food Pantry, New Marshfield, Ohio

* Golden Harvest, Long Bottom, Ohio

* 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

* Silver Run Food Pantry, Cheshire, Ohio

* The First Baptist Church of Nelsonville, Nelsonville, Ohio

* The Plains United Methodist Church — Helping Hands Food Pantry, The Plains, Ohio

* Torch UMC (Feed My Sheep), Torch, Ohio

* Tri County Food Pantry, Lower Salem.