Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, recently announced the distribution of two grants totaling $259,200 from its Community Grant Fund to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens to support our work with children and families in Brooklyn and Queens.
The grants will support the Catholic Charities Healthy Families Project – Brooklyn Community Outreach Expansion. This renewed effort will expand the Brownsville Healthy Families Project to the other central Brooklyn communities- Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, East Flatbush, Canarsie, Crown Heights, and Bushwick and concentrate its efforts on including the Catholic Charities Fatherhood Program for non-custodial young fathers as part of the Project’s services.
The grants will also support an initiative called Educating the Community Concerning All Health Care Options by working through our in-house lines of service, our Consortium of Health Care Providers, and other CBO partners, this project will grow from its current work to see that dependence on emergency rooms as first responders when medical care needs arise is vacated, that people are better informed by physicians regarding specific healthcare issues, and that individuals and families are enrolled with local general practitioners and/or clinics.
“We extend our thanks to Fidelis Care for their continued support and for their dedication to the work of Catholic Charities and for helping those in need,” said Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “The financial support from Fidelis Care has been of significant importance in helping us to respond quickly and correctly when the community residents’ needs arise. Now more than ever, funding is especially important.”
Pictured (from l. to r.) are: Maximo Luna, Outreach Specialist, Fidelis Care, New York; Humberto Trimino, Regional Manager of Marketing, Fidelis Care, New York; Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Thaddeus Taberski, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.