Continuing Care for Critical Needs

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By 106.3 WORD

Many organizations have stepped up to do what they can amidst the COVID-19 crisis to provide the needs for those who are experiencing the worst of it.

Prisma Health Upstate is committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves and by way of providing the Greenville Health Authority $4 million in grant assistance each year, Prisma Health continues to strengthen this place we call home.

In a unanimous decision amongst the Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees, Healthy Greenville grant funds have been provided to 3 non profit organizations to assist in the critical needs that “exist now within the homeless, homebound and food-insecure communities,”  said President of GHA, John Mansure.

Miracle Hill Ministries received up to a $100,000 grant to help cover operation costs, including providing shelters for homeless men and woman who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Monies could also be used for personal protective equipment and nursing assistance.

Meals on Wheels of Greenville received up to a $25,000 grant to support COVID-19 work-around access to healthy food.  Service to the elderly and homebound has ramped up during the crisis.

And Food-Share of Greenville, who provides food boxes to needy families in Greenville county, received up to a $25,000 grant from Healthy Greenville, who will “help fund the cost of the food boxes to those impacted by COVID-19 furloughs, layoffs or sickness.

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Official Press release below:
GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville Health Authority, by way of the Healthy Greenville Grant initiative, pledged $150,000 to three organizations in Greenville County in order to make an immediate impact on organizations that are seeking to provide health assistance for the county’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees Chair Phillip Liston, said, “The COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted the world and communities in which we live and serve. The mission of Healthy Greenville is to help the citizens of Greenville County get healthcare when they need it – especially the underprivileged or underserved. We are just carrying out our mission.”
 
The funds released today do not impact the pending grant applications to Healthy Greenville for the FY20 grant cycle (major or micro grants). Those grants will still be considered and, if selected, funded in late July.
 
John Mansure, president of Greenville Health Authority, said, “These are unusual times, and critical needs exist now within the homeless, homebound and food-insecure communities. Time is of the essence, and that’s why the Board of Trustees chose to act now to help.”
 
At a special called meeting on Thursday, April 9, the GHA Board of Trustees voted unanimously to provide grant funds to the following:
 
Miracle Hill – COVID-19 Shelters for Homeless:  Up to $100,000 to help with the operating expenses of shelters (for men and women) being set up for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 (those expenses may include personal protection equipment; nursing assistance, extra staffing, etc.).
 
According to Ryan Duerk, Miracle Hill CEO, “For over 80 years Miracle Hill has been a friend to the homeless and hurting of the Upstate. In the midst of this crisis, it is our privilege and calling to continue that tradition by serving the COVID-19 positive homeless residents in Greenville County. We are grateful that Greenville Health Authority/Healthy Greenville has stepped up to support us during this time. Our strength as a community in crisis is in our willingness to work together for the common good of all citizens.”
 
Meals on Wheels of Greenville: Up to $25,000 to support COVID-19 work around access to healthy food. In the current climate, Meals on Wheels has ramped up their service to homebound and elderly residents. They rely 100% on community support for funding. According to their website, each meal costs $6-7 to prepare and deliver. The Healthy Greenville grant will supplement the work of Meals on Wheels during the crisis.
 
Catriona Carlisle, executive director of Meals on Wheels Greenville, said, “This is a time that none of us planned for or wanted. We are just getting through, helping those in need, and also planning for the future. We are very grateful for the help Healthy Greenville is providing.”
 
FoodShare of Greenville: Up to $25,000 to support COVID-19 work-around access to healthy food. FoodShare reaches a different underserved population than Meals on Wheels and provides food boxes to needy families in Greenville County.  Healthy Greenville will help fund the cost of the food boxes to those impacted by COVID-19 furloughs, layoffs or sickness during the crisis. Dan Wiedenbenner of FoodShare (Mill Village Farms) said the organization has already seen and substantial rise in the need for food.
 
About Healthy Greenville
Prisma Health-Upstate has a longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of the communities it serves. Part of that commitment is providing to Greenville Health Authority (GHA) $4 million each year with which GHA administers grant programs to support health-related care, health research and health education initiatives benefiting the residents of Greenville County. The Healthy Greenville program, which was launched two years ago, will invest more than $136 million in the health of Greenville County’s residents. GHA also administers a micro-grants program called “Healthy Greenville, Too!” in which up to $100,000 per year is awarded to qualified, not-for-profit organizations which are not traditional health services delivery organizations but which provide a valuable charitable purpose that improves the well-being of the people of Greenville. For more information, visit www.greenvillehealthauthority.org.
 
 
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