HOPE FOR TOMORROW

St. Catherine’s Center for Children awarded $360,000 from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for Homeless Outreach Services

St. Catherine’s Center for Children awarded $360,000 from  Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for Homeless Outreach Services

St. Catherine’s Center for Children has been awarded $360,000 from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support outreach services for the homeless, and those at-risk of becoming homeless, in the Capital Region.

The grant supports St. Catherine’s Pathways to Health program, which will engage individuals and families of all ages, races, and genders living in poor, under-served communities in Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties. Pathways to Health’s goal is to sign up at least 95 individuals in program services in 2020, according to Frank Pindiak, St. Catherine’s Executive Director.

Many people who are homeless—or who face unstable housing conditions and are at-risk of becoming homeless—are not enrolled in a healthcare program and are often unaware of public health options for which they may be qualified. St. Catherine’s has a long history of working with such populations. Its  Pathways to Health will conduct extensive street outreach efforts to identify and engage these individuals and families in under-served communities.

Partnering with other service providers and community partners—including hospitals and emergency services—St. Catherine’s will engage struggling populations with an eye to improving their overall health and well-being, according to Pindiak. Case management services may include counseling, enrolling clients in Medicaid, engaging them in primary and behavioral health services, providing transportation to medical appointments, and even employment assistance.

Pathways to Health case managers will not only help clients manage health care issues, but will also address a clients’ Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), which include housing, economic stability, education, and other social conditions that influence the health status of an individual or family.

Among the other tools St. Catherine’s will use in its Pathways to Health program: a mobile Care-A-Van, a specially outfitted van that will visit neighborhoods targeted for services. The Care-A-Van is not only a vehicle for street outreach to promote health services and information,  but it will also carry food, diapers and baby formula, toiletries, and other essentials to meet the urgent needs of vulnerable populations.

To learn more, contact Brian Bell at 518-453-6716 (bbell@st-cath.org) or Nick Francella at 518-453-6702 (nfrancella@st-cath.org)

 

About Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of the vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. The Foundation – which is named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor – provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit www.cabrinihealth.org.