St. Joseph Health’s (SJH) Community Partnership Fund (CPF) will provide
$50,000 in funding to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) working to help our
Dear Neighbors in Syria who have been embattled by war. Their support
will specifically fund youth education and mental health programs for
refugee children. This funding is in addition to the $80,000 donated to
CRS for Syrian aid since 2014. CRS notes that funding can be difficult
to obtain by relief organizations for ongoing crises like the Syrian war.
Now in its sixth year with no sign of ending, Syria’s internal armed
conflict has taken an alarming toll. The crisis has resulted in the displacement
of 11 million people, making it the worst refugee crisis since World War
II. Nearly 5 million refugees—mostly women, children and the elderly—are
seeking refuge in neighboring countries. Lebanon and Jordan have each
welcomed more than 1 million people.
“Our Catholic social teachings call us to respect the Dignity of
the Person and advocate for social justice,” said Rosie Perez, senior
vice president, mission integration, St. Joseph Health. “That is
why St. Joseph Health’s Community Partnership Fund board of directors
has approved funding to care for our brothers and sisters who have been
uprooted because of ongoing turmoil. CRS has been providing essential
support to this vulnerable population since the conflict began. They have
welcomed our gift in hopes it will help them expand their efforts into
neighboring countries that have been impacted by the heavy burden of incoming
CRS looks to broaden its focus to include Lebanon and Jordan where Syrian
refugees have limited livelihood opportunities, living conditions are
steadily deteriorating and access to education is poor. Many children
have been out of school for months or years. This, compounded with stress,
anxiety and trauma, interferes with an entire generation of Syrian students’
learning and makes it difficult for them to integrate into schools. Instead,
they are at risk for falling victim to child labor, begging and child
marriage to help families pay for expenses.
Funding from SJH will help CRS provide more than 20,000 Syrian child refugees
with kindergarten, tutoring, school supplies and catch-up classes as well
as extensive healing mental health care to help students cope with anxiety
and trauma. CRS will also aid their parents with information and support
to promote their children’s learning.
“CRS is among the world’s most respected humanitarian organizations.
Working with CRS has allowed St. Joseph Health to extend our healing ministry
beyond the reach of our regions and our nation,” said Alisa Barrios,
SJH Community Partnership Fund grants manager. “Over the past 12
years of working with CRS, we’ve been able to provide continuing
support to help our neighbors in areas such as the Middle East, Haiti,
the Philippines and Central and South America. We thank them for their
tireless commitment and compassion for the poor, vulnerable and children
all over the globe.”
About the SJH Community Partnership Fund
Since 1986, the Community Partnership Fund has awarded grants to organizations
working to improve access to quality health care, food, shelter, and other
aspects of social well-being for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Each of our ministries contributes
10 percent of net income to the Community Partnership Fund. Current grant-funding priorities include
emergency food and shelter, and
disaster relief to the poor and vulnerable in our communities and
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