Submitted by Fidelis Care

SYRACUSE — Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, announces the distribution of $399,700 from its Community Grant Fund to non-profit organizations in the Diocese of Syracuse.

The grants support a variety of programs and services that reach local residents with the care and services they need.

Grant recipients within the Diocese of Syracuse are:

   • Franciscan Northside Ministries / Franciscan Church of the Assumption is the recipient of a $35,000 grant. The funding will support dental health promotion, prescription assistance programs, and the annual “peace camp” for inner city kids.

   • Amaus Health Services at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception received a grant of $28,000 to support a new satellite clinic including dental and medical equipment, immunizations for primary care and prevention services, and supplies for patient self care and management.

   • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Syracuse received a $321,700 grant. The funding will provide emergency prescription assistance, prenatal and parenting education, mental health counseling, plus other health related services for low-income and marginalized populations within seven counties.

   • Cortland Chenango Rural Services received a grant of $15,000 to help local residents with medical services with a focus on formal counseling, transportation to appointments, help with dental needs, eye examinations, help attaining prescription medication, and assistance with office visits.

“The work and dedication of these organizations provide much-needed assistance to so many children and adults,” added Rev. Patrick J. Frawley, Fidelis Care President and CEO. “We are grateful to be able to support their work as they improve the lives of others and enable us to further our mission.”

This is the 12th consecutive year that Fidelis Care has awarded grants to non-profit organizations that share similar missions and values of service to care for the poorest and most vulnerable populations. The grants are made in coordination with the bishops in New York State’s eight Roman Catholic Dioceses. The local grants are part of the $4 million being awarded statewide by Fidelis Care through the Fund this year.

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