In 2019, a total of 88 local organizations received more than $1 million total in funding through the Sisters Health Foundation to support a variety of programs.

On Friday, the SHF, formerly the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, held its 20th annual Grantee Luncheon at Grand Pointe Conference Center to recognize and celebrate the efforts and successes of those organizations.

Attendees included representatives from grantee organizations, the SHF staff and board of directors, area constituents, and funding partners.

The SHF has been active for 23 years in helping organizations in eight West Virginia counties and three Ohio counties, the area once served by St. Joseph’s Hospital for over a century. The foundation serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wood, Wirt and Roane counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs and Washington counties in Ohio.

Regional organizations acknowledged for their completed grants included:

* WV Health Right, Inc., Charleston, to assist in providing oral health and harm reduction services for low-income uninsured and underinsured adults in Roane County.

* Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Grantsville, to resurface the school’s track which is used by the school and community for education and exercise.

* Roane County Board of Education, Spencer, to support the installation of early learning playground equipment at Geary Elementary for children ages 3 to 5 years old.

* Wirt County Committee on Aging, Elizabeth, to purchase recumbent fitness bikes to be used by Wirt County residents.

* Roane General Hospital, Spencer, to purchase additional exercise equipment to reduce patient wait times for machines and aid in availability to grow the pulmonary rehabilitation department in Roane County.

* Wirt County Schools, Elizabeth, to support the on-site mental health professional at Wirt County School to address students’ behavioral and mental health needs.

. * Calhoun County Committee on Aging Inc., Grantsville, for food and nutrition expenses for seniors and veterans.

* Grantsville First Baptist Church, Grantsville, to purchase food for individuals and families in Calhoun County.

* Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer, for direct assistance to primarily Roane County residents with immediate utility, lodging, medical, and transportation expenses.

* Roane County Helping Hand Inc., Spencer, to purchase food for its pantry serving Roane County residents.

* St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Mobile Outreach, Elizabeth, to provide hygiene and cleaning supplies to Calhoun, Roane, Wirt, and Ritchie county residents in need.

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