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St. Joseph's Community Grants Award Luncheon
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St. Joseph's Community Grants Award Luncheon

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Grants program awarded over $220,000 to community groups

Community Grants Program

St. Joseph’s Community Grants Program supports community-based organizations that provide services in communities of concern. The program supports organizations attempting to address the underlying causes of illness such as lack of access to primary and preventive care, obesity/diabetes, substance use, youth growth & development, access to housing, mental health, as well as violence and injury. This year, the program donated over $220,000 granted to community groups. Steve Morales, chair of the Community Transitional Council, had the privilege of presenting recipients with their grants.

2018-19 Grant Recipients & Projects

Community Health Connectors

Asian Pacific Self-development & Residential Association (APSARA) in partnership with Catholic Charities & Community Partnership for Families

The presence of Community Health Connectors (CHC’s) will provide access to resources, increase opportunities for health education and provide case management for those with multiple chronic health conditions.  Data will be collected to measure the changes and improvement in personal health care behavior, as well as improved linkages to health care providers to deliver services.  The CHC’s will provide the one-on-one assistance to an individual through family, referral, outreach and linkage to community resources as needed.

Child Care Mobile Farmer’s Market 

Emergency Food Bank in partnership with Family Resource & Referral Center, First 5 of San Joaquin & University of California, Cal Fresh Nutrition Education

This project will deliver fresh produce (fruits & vegetables) free of charge to 15 child care facilities within Stockton to be used for meals and snacks.  Additionally, participating child care staff will be trained on how to incorporate the produce and age-appropriate nutrition education and activities to their preschoolers (ages 3, 4 & 5).  Participating parents/guardians will also be educated on healthy meal preparation and receive weekly fresh produce.

Early Infant Literacy Project

Read to Me, Stockton!  in partnership with Books for Babes, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton Unified School District & S. J. County Office of Education

Working with partners they will enroll 800 newborns and toddlers to age three in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Approximately 10,000 books will be purchased and sent to those 800 Stockton children for one year with the goal of introducing them and their parents to early literacy activities that will help prepare them for learning when they enter kindergarten.

Families Connect Project

Reinvent South Stockton California in partnership with Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, San Joaquin County Public Health, Trustbuilder Organization

Reinvent South Stockton will partner with community-based organizations to hire local residents who will connect with residents in South Stockton and Midtown Magnolia neighborhoods.  They will plan events, engage in community outreach, and refer families to case management services in order to reduce stresses and trauma, allow for attendance and success at work and school and to feel connected to their community and have a support system of care.  High risk families and neighborhoods will be prioritized through community partnerships with Stockton Police Department and Stockton Unified School District. 

ACEing Parenting

San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council in partnership with San Joaquin Public Health & San Joaquin General Hospital

The ACEing Parenting Project Program is intended to gauge the efficacy of a strategy where physicians engage the parents of their minor patients in a discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s).  The conversation is prompted by a questionnaire that identifies the ACE’s and Resiliency Score of the parent, and if warranted, links them to resources and services for unaddressed trauma, ultimately resulting in a trauma-informed parent, all with the goal of mitigating the circle of abuse.

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