Donation will establish three Deaconess Health Check clinics
Deaconess Associations Foundation has awarded $400,000 to Homeless to Homes Collaborative to create three primary health care clinics for Cincinnati’s area homeless population.
Tony Woods, chairman of the board of Deaconess Associations, Inc. (DAI), presented a check August 14 to Anastasia Mileham, communications vice president of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) and Roger Howell, president of City Gospel Mission, at its groundbreaking ceremony for City Gospel Mission’s new facility on Dalton Street.
The funds will establish three Deaconess Health Check clinics in the city’s new shelters for the homeless and at-risk youth: City Gospel Mission, the DropInn Center for Men and DropInn Center for Women.
Homeless to Homes is a community plan to ensure the city’s homeless have access to shelter and services to facilitate movement to permanent housing. “This is consistent with Deaconess’ 125-year history in the health care community, said Woods. “We all recognize that our basic physiological and safety needs – like food, shelter, health care – must be satisfied before we can expect to gain self-respect and realize what we are capable of doing and being.”
The collaborative approach adopted by the Homeless to Homes initiative is another reason Deaconess chose to offer support, he added. “We believe that a united effort to prevent, assist, and solve a mutual problem is much more effective than any independent attempt,” said Woods. “Deaconess is pleased to join the impressive list of other partners and funders who are working together to answer this problem.”
3CDC leads re-development efforts in Cincinnati’s urban core, including the historic, Over-The-Rhine district. The organization helped orchestrate the health care initiative and construction of new facilities for Cincinnati’s underserved population.
DAI is a diverse healthcare organization that owns and operates four senior living communities in Ohio and Kansas and the Deaconess Health Campus in Cincinnati. It also independently manages in-home and educational programs, including Deaconess Medical Monitoring and Heimlich Heroes.
The Deaconess Associations Foundation supports a number of philanthropic initiatives, including the Deaconess Foundation Scholarship Program; Health Care Access Now; and several Deaconess Health Check clinics.