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Grants awarded to Wichita charities to fund health projects

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, June 16, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, June 16, 2014, at 7:07 p.m.

A number of Wichita-based organizations have been awarded thousands of dollars in Kansas Health Foundation grants for their projects.

The health foundation, a private, Wichita-based philanthropy, runs a yearly grant program to help charitable organizations accomplish projects to improve the health and wellness of Kansans. So far, the foundation has awarded about $1.2 million out of an annual $2 million in grants for 66 projects run by health-related organizations throughout the state. The program specifically targets projects that involve grassroots efforts and are community oriented.

“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” foundation president Steve Coen said in a news release. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

Inter-Faith Ministries received the largest grant, more than $24,500, and will use it to promote healthy behavior in the ministry’s homeless shelters. The “Street Safe-Health Wise” program brings health educators from Guadalupe Clinic to its winter shelters to provide information to homeless men and women about better health management and to administer tuberculosis skins tests and flu shots. Inter-Faith has been active in the Wichita community for more than 125 years and serves more than 15,000 people struggling with poverty. The ministry operates two year-round homeless shelters, one winter shelter and more than 100 low-cost apartment units.

“Our Recognition Grants program is an opportunity to provide funding to many projects throughout the state that directly help and serve our fellow Kansans,” Coen said in an e-mail. “Through the ‘Street Safe-Health Wise’ health education program, Inter-Faith Ministries is reaching out to a population that is all too often forgotten in today’s society but one that can greatly benefit from this type of initiative.”

The foundation also awarded:

• $20,000 to Partners for Wichita to provide access to healthy food options to disadvantaged children while school meals and federal summer meals are not available.

• $18,823 to the Wichita Indochinese Center to teach English and career skills to adult immigrants and refugees in Sedgwick County.

• $17,500 to Botanica Gardens to teach families and children about gardening, fresh food production and preparation.

• $15,000 to the Assistance League of Wichita to provide new clothing to children in need.

Reach Nassim Benchaabane at 316-268-6514 or nbenchaabane@wichitaeagle.com.

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