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    St. Thomas More Health Foundation Awards $81,000 In Community Grants

    February 27,2017

    Benedictine Grant Recipients 2017 -3

    (CANON CITY, COLO) The St. Thomas More Health Foundation (STMHF) hosted a reception today to honor recipients of this year’s Yankton Benedictine Sisters Fund grant.The STMHF will provide more than $81,000 in community support of enhancing the health, safety and wellness of our community.

    “We are so appreciative of the Benedictine Sisters who continue to serve our community years after they returned home to Yankton, South Dakota,” said Sheri Trahern, chief executive officer of St. Thomas More Hospital. “Through their generosity, we’re able to award these wonderful organizations with funds so they can continue making a difference in our community.”

    The endowment funds are specifically designated to improve the health and wellness of our community. Organizations in Fremont County were encouraged to apply for program or equipment funding. Applications were reviewed by the Yankton Benedictine Sisters Fund review committee.

    STMHF director of stewardship, Debby Fowler, spoke about the importance of the ongoing partnership between the STMHF and today’s grant recipients, who provide vital services throughout our community.

    “We are tremendously grateful that we are able to partner with such exceptional community organizations through the Yankton Benedictine Sisters Fund grant,” Fowler said. “The impact that these groups have on the community is significant, and we’re so pleased that we’re able to help them make a difference on the health and wellness of our friends and neighbors in Fremont County.

    This year’s recipients include:

    11th Judicial District Attorney Victim/Witness Services
    Personal items for the Pantry of Well-Being to meet the immediate needs of victims of domestic violence

    Boys and Girls Club of Fremont County
    Staffing and equipment for the SPARK (Sport Play and Active Recreation for Kids) Program

    Cañon City Pregnancy Center
    Earn While You Learn Program providing parents an opportunity to earn cribs, high chairs, etc. through education, parenting workshops and ‘Just for Men’ educational programs

    Cañon Literacy Center
    Operation expenses for free tutoring and refreshments for students

    ECHO & Family Center Early Childhood Council
    Child Health Passport folders and health books

    Family Crisis Services, Inc.
    Operation expenses for their 24-hour hotline

    Fremont Community Foundation
    Fremont’s Exceptional Women (FEW) educational programming and professional clothing collection

    Fremont County Sheriff's Office
    Automated External Defibrillators and replacement KAT tourniquets for patrol deputies

    Fremont RE-1 School District
    Senior Fun Fest equipment

    Fremont Search and Rescue
    Re-certification of two automated external defibrillators, Wilderness Medical Institute Protocols materials and disposable items

    Heart of Colorado CASA
    Recruit and train 10 new advocates

    Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Fremont County
    Support for Chayah House, the emergency shelter, and Restoring Hope and New Creations Inn, two transitional housing programs

    Meals on Wheels Cañon City
    To offset the cost of meals for homebound individuals

    Orchard of Hope Foundation
    Program support to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors and their families

    Penrose Park & Recreation District
    Sport and general fitness equipment

    Senior Services Solutions
    Stipends to drivers who provide safe and reliable transportation for seniors to medical and dental appointments locally and out-of-town

    Stich N’ Give
    Yarn for knitting projects distributed to various community organizations

    Tallahassee Fire and Rescue
    EMR and EMT training and medical equipment, ECG monitor, oxygen tanks, vital sign monitor for the volunteers in northwest Fremont County

    UAAOG/Fremont County Head Start
    Bus restraints



    About the St. Thomas More Health Foundation
    St. Thomas More Health Foundation solicits gifts, grants and bequests that are appropriate to the needs of St. Thomas More Hospital. Assets are managed to maximize our financial resources within reasonable risk tolerance. Distributions of funds are in a manner that is consistent with the needs of the healthcare system and in compliance with donor restrictions. All expenses incurred by St. Thomas More Health Foundation are reimbursed by our sponsor, Catholic Health Initiatives. This means that 100% of all money raised is used toward the donors designated project. For more information, please visit www.stmfnd.org.

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