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St. Joseph Health-Sonoma County Provides Grants to Area Nonprofit Agencies Serving the Most Vulnerable in the Community


(Santa Rosa, Calif. – July 12, 2016) St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County today announced that, as part of its new Community Grantmaking program, it awarded grants to nonprofit agencies serving needy residents across Sonoma County. “We have a tradition of giving back to support the most vulnerable,” says Terri Dente, Vice President of Mission Integration. “Our hospitals tithe 10% of net income every year and we set aside those funds for good work in the community.” Between the Community Grantmaking program and other grants, St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County awarded $877,500 to 21 nonprofit agencies in Sonoma County this fiscal year.

The integrated healthcare delivery system, which operates Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Petaluma Valley Hospital, as well as outpatient care facilities, has long offered programs and services to the underserved in the county, including mobile medical and dental clinics that park in neighborhoods and provide critical services to those most in need. The community benefit programs run by St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County last fiscal year served 11,681 persons, and offered a variety of interventions including clinics, school-based programs, and health education. Noted Ms. Dente, “We’ve done so much over the years in this community, and we also recognize that we can’t do it alone. By supporting some of our wonderful nonprofit partners in Sonoma County, we are saying, ‘you do great work, and we want you to do even more of it.’”

“At Committee on the Shelterless, we know that homelessness can have a devastating effect on a person’s health,” says Mike Johnson, CEO of the homeless services agency. “Many of our clients have an undiagnosed physical or mental illness and even more experience poor nutrition. That is why it is so meaningful to partner closely with St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County to address the needs of our homeless community members. Together we are rebuilding lives and restoring dignity for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

Says Todd Salnas, President of St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County, “We are really proud of our community partnerships. This grantmaking program is a notable development for all of us here and it represents our continued commitment to elevating the quality and impact of our community benefit programs and services.”

"The process of applying was very personal. It didn’t feel like we were just another organization applying for grant,” says Nubia Padilla, Community Engagement Manager at Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County. “It felt like we were receiving individualized attention."

The grants will support work focused on healthy aging, mental health, substance use, healthy eating and active living, and other health priorities. Elece Hempel, Executive Director of a Petaluma-based service provider, notes “Petaluma People Services Center is daily faced with the challenge of delivering even more services with the same or fewer resources. St. Joseph Health helps us provide nutrition programs to those in our community who are the most vulnerable, including families and seniors.” Alena Wall, Executive Director of the Center for Well-Being referred to St. Joseph Health’s understanding of the complex determinants of health. "The Center is thankful to have the philanthropic support of St. Joseph Health as we mobilize the community to close the health equity gap. To us, health access includes living in a place that is safe for physical activity, where nutrient rich foods are accessible and policies are in place that protect the health of our most vulnerable residents."

St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County grantees in fiscal year 2016 include the following agencies:

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • Burbank Housing
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Well-Being
  • Child Parent Institute
  • Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
  • Community Action Partnership Sonoma County
  • Community Foundation of Sonoma County
  • Council on Aging
  • Family Justice Center
  • Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless
  • Humanidad
  • Latino Service Providers
  • LifeWorks of Sonoma County
  • Mentor Me
  • Operation Access
  • Petaluma People Services Center
  • Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
  • Social Advocates for Youth
  • Sonoma County Bike Coalition
  • West County Community Services Agency

For more information about the St. Joseph Health Community Grantmaking program, please contact Dan Schurman, Community Partnership Manager at St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County at

For general information about St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County Community Benefit please visit this link:

For an informational video about St. Joseph Health—Sonoma County Community Benefit please visit this link:

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