January 24, 2019
 
MetroWest Health Foundation Awards $686K to 11 Nonprofits

December 13, 2018 — The MetroWest Health Foundation in Framingham this week announced it has awarded $686,761 to 11 area nonprofits to support projects that address health equity or seek collaborative solutions to health needs across the region.

Included in this round of funding is a grant to Advocates, Inc., a mental health provider, to develop a collaboration with William James College, a leading educator of mental health clinicians, and BRACE, the Brazilian Community Center in Framingham, to jointly develop solutions for meeting the behavioral health needs of Framingham’s immigrant community.

Martin Cohen, president of the MetroWest Health Foundation, said, “It is exactly these types of community collaboratives that hold the potential for real change and improvement in how we address community needs.”

He noted that the foundation’s new strategic plan calls for more funding of such community collaboratives.

Receiving funding were the following:
  • A Place to Turn: $15,000 to support the food pantry.

  • Advocates, Inc.: $140,000 to seek innovative solutions for addressing the mental health needs of immigrants in Framingham, and $55,015 to improve access to psychiatric services.

  • Daniel's Table: $19,992 to purchase equipment to increase food production.

  • Health Law Advocates, Inc.: $20,000 to help low-income immigrants maintain access to health care.

  • HESSCO Elder Services: $20,000 to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy program to help older adults achieve nutrition and health goals, and $10,292 to provide a monthly luncheon program for LGBT elders to decrease social isolation.

  • Lovin’ Spoonful, Inc.: $150,000 to address food insecurity as a basic health need.

  • Learning Center for the Deaf: $25,000 to purchase an electronic medical record and clinical documentation system.

  • MetroWest YMCA: $100,000 to support renovation of the MetroWest YMCA’s Old Connecticut Path facility.

  • Natick Service Council: $20,000 for a program to address food insecurity in Natick, and $15,000 to support the food pantry.

  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council: $46,472 to provide peer recovery coaching to address the opioid epidemic.

  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network: $29,990 to support staff training on diversity, equity and inclusion issues, and $20,000 to provide in-school counseling to help reduce the significant wait for services and provide expert consultation to school staff for children with mental health needs.

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