The Welfare Foundation was proud to make grants to the following organizations, among many others, in its December 2020 grant cycle. For a full list of grantees from this and previous cycles, visit Areas of Giving.
Christina Cultural Arts Center to support technology upgrades to help them maintain their new virtual programs throughout the pandemic and to support the organization's success on-site once they are able to return to in-person programing.
Delaware Children's Museum to assist with upgrading the HVAC system, including a new filter and ionizer kit for each HVAC unit, to remove potential airborne pathogens and disinfect the air in the building as DCM prepares to reopen in 2021.
Habitat for Humanity Chester County to assist with building 40 new affordable townhomes in West Grove, PA.
Newark Charter School to support the expansion of their campus to serve an additional 650 students.
REACH Riverside Development Corporation to assist with their Pathways to Prosperity project, which is creating a pathway out of poverty, including self-sufficiency and mobility, for 141 households living in public housing in Riverside over the next three years - with another 450 households over the next eight to ten years.
TeenSHARP to assist with accelerating and expanding their response to the college advising crisis that has taken hold since the onset of the pandemic, and their virtual offerings to reach students learning remotely during COVID-19.
United Way of Delaware to assist with their 12-month initiative to expand the scope and scale of their $tand By Me program, with a deeper focus as a navigator to help hundreds of Delawareans regain financial footing, lost as a result of the financial crisis caused by the pandemic, and transition them to long-term stability.
Wesley College to assist with replacing the aging HVAC system at their College Center, the final building needing replacement as part of their campus-wide HVAC upgrade project to focus on improving the quality of life for students and employees.
Zoë Ministries to support the renovations of the already-purchased property that will become Hannah's House, Delaware's first safe home with wrap-around services for female youth victims of sex trafficking.
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Grant Recipient Spotlight
La Red Health Center (LRHC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary in February 2021. Started by a network of physicians who partnered with a local hospital, community center, faith-based organization and the government to help individuals in Sussex County facing significant barriers to healthcare, LRHC has become a Federally Qualified Health Center that operates three Family Practice Sites, the Wellness Center at Sussex Tech High School, and two satellite sites at the CHEER Longneck and Ocean View Activity Centers. LRHC now serves approximately 16,000 patients per year via 55,000 office visits by providing an array of services that include Pediatric & Adolescent Services, Adult & Senior Services, Women's Health Services, Screening Services for Chronic Diseases, Oral Health Services, and Behavioral Health Services for Children and Adults.
LRHC's medical services are available to all individuals regardless of gender, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, language, sexual orientation, or ability to pay. In 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic created an incredible amount of patient fear about contracting the virus that caused a significant loss of on-site patient visits from Sussex County’s most vulnerable populations that put them at an increased risk of not achieving healthy outcomes. Further complicating the situation, LRHC’s Family Practice Sites were in close proximity to COVID-19 hotspots. Re-establishing patient visits, assisted with funding from the Welfare Foundation, addressed patient fear via a four-pronged approach that included ensuring patient and staff safety when traveling to and from LRHC's Family Practice sites, ensuring patient and staff safety while at LRHC's Family Practice sites, ensuring dental patient and staff safety during procedures, and maintaining or increasing health center capacity and staffing levels.
As of February 2021, LRHC has re-established on-site patients to 85% of the pre-COVID-19 levels and is well on its way to fully re-establishing its on-site patient visits.