RICHMOND, INDIANA — The Reid Health Community Benefit program recently awarded $164,661 in grants to programs aimed at improving access to care in the region served by the health system as part of the first grant cycle for 2016.
Grants, along with other specific outreach and requirements to meet the system’s not-for-profit status, have put more than $130 million back into the community in the last five years. A committee of Reid Health’s governing board meets three times a year to review grant requests, which are awarded as part of the health system’s efforts as a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization.
“Getting people connected to the care and assistance they need is vitally important to the health status of the communities we serve,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid president and CEO of Reid Health. “The agencies these grants support play a significant role in partnering with Reid Health as we fulfill our daily mission of wholeness in body, mind and spirit for the people we serve.”
The awards were given to 11 area agencies, and will support a wide variety of programs. One such program is Eaton’s Home Is The (HIT) Foundation.
Home is the Foundation was awarded $10,000.
Home is the Foundation provides safe, affordable housing options in Preble County. For some older clients, this can be as simple as making a few repairs to their existing home. “It’s amazing what people will live with in order to remain in their home,” said Heidi Bortel, senior repair home program manager at HIT Foundation. “In some cases, they will go without hot water or ignore a leaky roof if they don’t have money for a repair. The grant from Reid Health Community Benefit will help us pay for repairs to keep clients safe, warm and dry.”