St. Vincent Catholic Charities receives grant from Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) is pleased to announce it has received a $70,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. These funds will support their Refugee Health Access program, which provides access to medical assistance and advice to incoming refugees. STVCC has been providing refugees with access to health screenings, follow-up care, health system education, interpretation, transportation, childbirth and surgery for approximately eighteen years. Through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund grant, STVCC will continue providing a continuum of care for about 600 new refugee arrivals each year.
“This grant is invaluable in allowing us to carry out our mission of welcoming the stranger,” shared Andrea Seyka, CEO of St. Vincent Catholic Charities. “Providing refugees with basic medical needs is a cornerstone of our program, and we’re thankful to continue providing these services.”
In order to provide the best possible care for refugees, STVCC works closely with other health providers including the Ingham County Health Department, Michigan State University Extension, Sparrow Hospital and McLaren – Greater Lansing. This grant allows STVCC to carry out their mission of assisting refugees through the most urgent aspects of their resettlement as they strive to reach self-sufficiency.
Adds Judi Harris, director of STVCC Refugee Services, “Many refugees who come to Michigan cannot speak English and have no concept of how to navigate the medical world. We are happy to be able to continue assisting them through interpreters and advisors as we maintain this program in the years to come.”