Funds support homeless healthcare and behavioral services outreach program for a third year.
On Thursday, January twentieth, The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation announced St. Catherine’s Center for Children’s inclusion in its 2022 list of awardees. This is the third year St.
Catherine’s has been a Mother Cabrini grant recipient. The grant supports the continuation and expansion of St. Catherine’s homeless outreach Pathways to Health program. With the $350,000 award, the combined Cabrini funds to St. Catherine’s Pathways to Health totals nearly $1 million in support, connecting vulnerable populations to primary and behavioral healthcare services in the Capital Region.
“After nearly two years of recovery from a pandemic that has hit vulnerable populations the
hardest, we must continue to address the challenges communities across New York State are facing: food and housing insecurity, lack of access to basic healthcare including vaccines, lack of equity within the healthcare professions, and racial and economic healthcare disparities made worse during COVID-19. We must continue to support the full range of services that make for healthy people and communities,” said Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.
While still navigating the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2021, Pathways to Health linked nearly 200 individuals of all ages, races, and genders in the socioeconomically disadvantaged and under-served communities in Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia counties to critical healthcare services through street outreach. Now entering its third year of operation, Pathways to Health had expanded to include Ulster County, and enhanced wrap-around services addressing food insecurities, providing telehealth through a mobile Care-A-Van unit, transporting people to appointments, and making on-the-spot assessments for emergency hotel stays to overcome a sudden loss of shelter.
“Our program team is dedicated, not only to meeting our clients where they are, but also providing the food, hygiene kits, and cleaning products; anything an individual requested we meet that need,” said Pathways to Health’s Supervisor Dave Healy. “The Cabrini funds will allow us to further enhance our services and expand our reach. We’ve already made tremendous strides under the strain of a global pandemic and it’s wonderful news that we’ll be able to keep serving those who rely on us.”
Pathways to Health identifies and serves at-risk people in who typically do not seek primary and behavioral healthcare services. The services are designed to not only to mitigate client’s immediate circumstances, but help improve their overall quality of life.
“We are so grateful to once again have the backing of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation support our Pathways to Health program, said Frank Pindiak, Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Center for Children. “Pathways connect society’s most vulnerable to vital services they greatly need and might, otherwise, not have access to.”
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 vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. Named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit www.cabrinihealth.org.
About St. Catherine’s Center for Children
St. Catherine’s Center for Children was founded by the Daughters of Charity in Albany in 1886 as a home for sick orphans. Today, the agency is a haven for hope, offering a comprehensive range of human services for Capital Region children and families coping with issues of abuse, neglect, mental illness, homelessness, and trauma. In addition to offering extensive services to the homeless and those who are at-risk of becoming homeless, St. Catherine’s offers residential services for children ages 5 to 13, a therapeutic foster care services, an elementary school for children with special educational needs, and community-based prevention services and programs designed to strengthen vulnerable families. Last year, St. Catherine’s services reached nearly 2,000 children and families in the Capital Region. For more information, visit www.st-cath.org.
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