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Community grants for 5 agencies

Roseville, Calif.- Five non-profit agencies in Roseville, Lincoln and Auburn that strive to improve the health and safety of some of the region’s most vulnerable residents have received nearly $70,000 in Community Benefit grants from Kaiser Permanente.

One program helps low-income residents pay for prescription drugs, another teaches parents how to properly install child safety seats in vehicles, and yet another seeks to prevent seniors from falling in their own homes.

The agencies are among 22 Sacramento-area organizations receiving a total of $460,000 in Kaiser Permanente’s latest round of Community Benefit funding to improve awareness, prevention and management of chronic diseases; promote access to health-care services; and encourage local residents to live healthier lives.

‘With the downturn in the economy, local programs are struggling more than ever to provide services to those in need,’ said Edward S. Glavis, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento and Roseville ‘We are pleased to extend Community Benefit grants to deserving organizations that, like Kaiser Permanente, are focused on improving the health and well-being of our community.’

The organizations selected to receive funding in Placer County are:

  • KidsFirst, a Roseville-based organization dedicated to preventing and healing child abuse, which received $25,000 to help families deal with low-to- moderate risks of suspected abuse.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Roseville and Gathering Inn, which received $10,000 for a prescription drug program for St. Vincent de Paul and the Gathering Inn community clinics.
  • Auburn-based Seniors First, which received $10,000 for home safety modifications or repairs to prevent falls for low-income seniors in Placer County.
  • The city of Roseville Fire Department, which received $5,000 for its Buckle Up Baby program, which assists parents in need of child passenger safety resources
  • Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center, which received $19,998 to provide earlier and more meaningful responses to emerging signs of abuse and other problems within the home and provide families in the Lincoln area the support they need to keep their children safely in their home.

‘The Lighthouse could not be more thrilled to receive the Kaiser Permanente grant because it will help us to meet the critical and increasing issues facing families during a challenging economic time,’ said Lighthouse Executive Director Angela Ponivas, whose agency has seen a 35 percent increase in requests for basic needs to make it through the end of each month.

‘This grant will be used to engage at-risk families, as identified by Placer County Children’s System of Care, in services such as resources that meet basic health and physical needs, parenting classes, and counseling,’ Ponivas added. ‘The goal is to keep children and families safe, in-tact and healthy, while avoiding the trauma and expense of placing children into foster care.’

Each year, Kaiser Permanente provides more than $2 million in community grants and sponsorships to local organizations that are working to improve the health of the communities it serves.

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