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Working together locally to help low income and vulnerable populations access healthcare Matthew 25’s Dental Director Dr. Valerie Lake. The Foundation’s support has enabled Matthew 25 to maintain a full-time Dental Director who both provides and/or oversees dental care for over 3,000 individual dental patients annually.The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, announces $488,257 in grants to local organizations to improve the health, wellness and health care access for the low-income and vulnerable in Allen County.

The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ have had active ministry programming in this community since 1868, and through this Foundation have invested $13,744,334 through 885 grants into 171 Allen County agencies since the sale of St. Joseph Medical Center in 1998. All grants are focused on helping to establish and maintain centers of excellence in mental, physical and spiritual health care delivery to the low income in our community and build programming to address gaps that prevent individuals from attaining health and wellness.

In addition to providing grants, the Foundation also provides programming in services including operating "Project Connect" which provides the Medical Interpretation & Healthcare Navigation Program for Burmese refugees and immigrants, and a Resource Directory of Allen County's low cost, quality healthcare resources. The Resource Directory is also available to the community on-line at www.sjchf.org.

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