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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Grants Made in 2019

Grants Made in 2019$2,058,883
Community Partnerships Project$75,012
Creation of Sober Housing in Fitchburg$84,000
Financial Fitness Club$28,000
Immigration Legal Assistance Program$81,600
Oral Health Career Pathway $45,809
Our Neighbors Count! - Strengthening the New Majority's Civic Engagement Capacity, 2020 U.S. Census $100,800
PBS Clinician$43,288
Refrigerated Food Van$34,160
ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 4$388,401
Saving Housing Opportunities in Worcester$86,482
Sustainable Farming: Activating Health through Skill Building, Education, & Community Partnerships$109,903
Telehealth Implementation$104,648
Worcester HEARS - Implementation, Year 4$397,282
Worcester Regional Food Hub - Implementation, Year 3$469,498
Title:Community Partnerships ProjectAmount:$75,012
Recipient:Abby's House
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Abby’s House will identify unmet advocacy and health needs of their clients and expand access to services through collaborations.

Project Director: Ms. Stephanie Page
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Title:Creation of Sober Housing in FitchburgAmount:$84,000
Recipient:South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
Grant Type: Activation Fund
This grant is for the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system and handicap accessible features in a building in Fitchburg that SMOC is renovating. The renovation will create new single room occupancy units for 14 low-income homeless or formerly homeless single unaccompanied adults in recovery.

Project Director: Mr. Matthew Lane
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Title:Financial Fitness ClubAmount:$28,000
Recipient:Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC)
Grant Type: Activation Fund
With this grant, QVCDC will train three staff members in order to provide first-time homebuyer assistance to expand its offerings related to financial skills building.

Project Director: Ms. Sheila Cuddy
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Title:Immigration Legal Assistance ProgramAmount:$81,600
Recipient:Ascentria Community Services
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Ascentria will expand its low-cost Immigration Legal Assistance Program from limited to full representation in immigration matters.

Project Director: Ms. Dayanna Moreno
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Title:Oral Health Career Pathway Amount:$45,809
Recipient:Quinsigamond Community College (QCC)
Grant Type: Activation Fund
QCC will develop and implement an Oral Health Career Pathway for students in Dental Assisting Programs at three local secondary and post-secondary schools into the Dental Hygiene Program at QCC.

Project Director: Mr. Patrick Schmohl
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Title:Our Neighbors Count! - Strengthening the New Majority's Civic Engagement Capacity, 2020 U.S. Census Amount:$100,800
Recipient:Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
Grant Type: Activation Fund
With this grant, Neighbor to Neighbor will ramp up their door-to-door grassroots organizing to assist in complete counts for the 2020 Census and to reengage the Worcester community.

Project Director: Mr. Elvis Mendez
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Title:PBS ClinicianAmount:$43,288
Recipient:GAAMHA, Inc.
Grant Type: Activation Fund
GAAMHA will hire a part-time Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) clinician for its community-based day programs located in Gardner and Orange.

Project Director: Ms. Tracy Hutchinson
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Title:Refrigerated Food VanAmount:$34,160
Recipient:Friendly House
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Friendly House will purchase of a refrigerated van to transport meals for its After School and Summer Meals Program for low-income children. This project is in partnership with the City of Worcester.

Project Director: Ms. Darlene Layton
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Title:ReImagine North of Main - Implementation, Year 4Amount:$388,401
Recipient:Fitchburg State University
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - ReImagine North of Main
ReImagine North of Main (RNOM) is taking a comprehensive, Collective Impact approach towards transforming the NOM area into the "Gateway to Arts and Culture."

RNOM will continue to concentrate its efforts in three areas: Community Engagement to increase the collective impact of the RNOM team with community building efforts, building a network of engaged residents and stakeholders, and supporting youth programs; Neighborhood Development to increase the quality of neighborhood life by stabilizing the housing market and influencing neighborhood perceptions through the implementation of a marketing plan, and supporting the Fitchburg Arts Community; and Economic Development to increase the number of viable main street businesses by incentivizing business development, increasing activity on Main Street, and improving the business climate.

Project partners include the City of Fitchburg, the Fitchburg Art Museum, Montachusett Opportunity Council, NewVue Communities, and Three Pyramids.

Project Director: Mr. Joseph Ferguson
Fiscal Agent: Fitchburg State University
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Title:Saving Housing Opportunities in WorcesterAmount:$86,482
Recipient:Community Legal Aid
Grant Type: Activation Fund
This grant allows Community Legal Aid to hire a housing attorney who will raise funds by representing low income tenants in eviction and conditions cases where attorney's fees can be collected from the landlord.

Project Director: Ms. Faye Rachlin
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Title:Sustainable Farming: Activating Health through Skill Building, Education, & Community PartnershipsAmount:$109,903
Recipient:Seven Hills Foundation
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Seven Hills ASPiRE! Is creating a new workforce training program with sustainable farming as a potential career path for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project Director: Mr. Timothy Johnson
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Title:Telehealth ImplementationAmount:$104,648
Recipient:LUK, Inc.
Grant Type: Activation Fund
By implementing telehealth, LUK will increase access to behavioral health services and family visitations in the North Central area.

Project Director: Dr. David Hamolsky
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Title:Worcester HEARS - Implementation, Year 4Amount:$397,282
Recipient:Worcester Public Schools
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Worcester HEARS

Worcester HEARS is creating school environments that support children's health, social and emotional development, and academic success in five Worcester schools: Rice Square Elementary, Grafton Street Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, City View Elementary, and Worcester East Middle School.

Year 4 will focus on the introduction of a pilot to bring community-based behavioral health providers into the after-school setting to increase students’ access to behavioral health services. In addition, the project will provide medical and behavioral health services for all students at the school-based health center at Worcester East Middle School with Family Health Center of Worcester; ensure the completion of HEARS action plans by principals from all five schools; provide expanded services to the five HEARS schools through the HEARS Support Team; continue to utilize the MindUP, Second Step and Open Circle curricula in the five schools; and plan to expand the MindUP curriculum.

The project’s main partners are the Worcester Education Collaborative, Clark University, and Family Health Center of Worcester.

Project Director: Ms. Maura Mahoney
Fiscal Agent: Worcester Public Schools
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Title:Worcester Regional Food Hub - Implementation, Year 3Amount:$469,498
Recipient:TSNE MissionWorks
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Worcester Regional Food Hub
The Worcester Regional Food Hub (Food Hub) aims to increase access to fresh local food by providing aggregation and distribution services to farms and institutions and to incubate local food entrepreneurs through a commercial kitchen and business consulting services. Beginning in 2019, the Food Hub kitchen will be more centrally located at the Greendale People’s Church in Worcester.

The Food Hub is an approved Sodexo vendor, which allows for distributing produce to institutions such as AbbVie, UMass Medical School, and UMass Memorial. In addition, the Food Hub also distributes produce to public school systems including the Worcester Public Schools and farmers markets and mobile markets in Worcester, Fitchburg, and Leominster.

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has been an important partner since the project began in 2015.

Project Director: Mr. Shon Rainford
Fiscal Agent: TSNE MissionWorks
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