More than one year after New York City emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., communities across the five boroughs are still reeling from its impacts. The level of health-related needs across our city remains incredibly high; it is critical that we continue to support those health and social services providers filling in care gaps for under-resourced New Yorkers.
On July 13, the second event in our Community Healthcare Conversations series, Addressing Social Determinants of Health in the Midst of a Global Pandemic, coincides with our celebration of Mother Cabrini’s 171st birthday. Rarely has Mother Cabrini’s legacy of selfless care for those in need been a more urgently needed example for our city and state. That’s why we’re elevating the voices of those on the front lines supporting our communities.
These conversations will bring together Foundation grantees to foster discussion that clarifies the needs and improves the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers. This week, we will be joined by members of Foundation grantees Chinese-American Planning Council and Part of the Solution.
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) is an essential community resource for nearly 60,000 individuals across New York City. As the nation’s largest social services organization founded by Asian Americans, it provides critical services and resources, including meals-on-wheels, English language instruction, youth programming, legal services related to immigration, senior centers, career training, and community health services.
To aid their efforts, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation granted CPC $95,000 to enhance social, mental health, and well-being services for low-income, immigrant adults age 55 and older at its Brooklyn Community Center. The grant will help provide mental health screenings for 500 older immigrants and case management for 100 individuals.
Part of the Solution (POTS) is a critical one-stop-shop service provider for the Bronx community. Providing emergency food, legal representation, and social services to nearly 40,000 individuals, POTS creates a sense of stability and safety for low-income and non-English speaking Bronx residents.
In support of their mission, the Foundation awarded POTS two grants: $150,000 to continue providing legal assistance to individuals and families facing eviction and denial of benefits, and $150,000 to expand its family-focused mentoring/case management program, modeled on its comprehensive case management program for individuals.