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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Health and wellness are essential to community vitality. funding opportunities include access to health care, medical research, mental health and preventative care.

The Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter is dedicated to increasing safety and well being for persons with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers through awareness, education, training, and related support interventions including caregiver support groups. Caregiving for someone with dementia is never easy. Due to the “stay at home” order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, caregivers have been stripped of their resources. Respite, adult day-care, and in-home services in many cases are no longer an option. Caregivers are increasingly suffering from severe stress and anxiety and are additionally challenged by current economic uncertainties. The goal is to reduce caregiver’s feelings of isolation and enhance their ability to care for their loved one with dementia by providing 24-hour support through support groups, phone calls, and internet.

Amount Requested: $500 – $15,000 to provide digital support services to caregivers, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, for 3 months April – July

As part of the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center is at the heart of the state’s fight against COVID in Fort Worth. To prepare, they are ramping up staffing, purchasing extra equipment and supplies and adding measures for testing and treading COVID-19 patients. These costs are unbudgeted. The current COVID-19 pandemic is placing incredible and unanticipated financial pressure on hospitals and their health care workers. The requested amount will help up to 40 essential workers and their families with payments of $500 up to twice annually for emergency expenses related to the crisis.

Amount Requested: $500 – $40,000

COVID-19 reveals the critical role Community Healthcare of Texas, the state’s largest nonprofit hospice provider, plays in maintaining the stability of the healthcare system. While its mission is to provide compassionate end-of-life care services, the agency also helps health systems manage pressure on the limited supply of hospital beds and resources by offering a home-based option for care of terminally ill patients. Without it, these vulnerable patients would have no alternative to hospital care when faced with a crisis. In this way, Community Healthcare of Texas helps ensure the strength of the healthcare system with services that prepare, care for and comfort nearly 4,000 patients a year in 25 North and Central Texas counties.

  • Nurses and certified nurse assistants (CNAs) are offered a $50 per person scrub allowance to help with laundry demands created by COVID 19. Cost is $5,000.
  • Enhanced PPE to protect patients, their family caregivers, and patient care teams is estimated at $150,000.
  • Stipends of $250 per week for RNs and LVNs maintaining a full-time schedule during this crisis. Cost is $50,000/month.

Amount Requested: $5,000 – $50,000+

Helping Restore Ability began in 1977 and envisions a future in which no Texan with a disability lacks the resources to live a full and independent life. HRA provides attendant care services allowing clients to remain independent in their homes and avoid hospitalization. Due to COVID-19, medical supply costs have increased outside of their original 2020 budget. Additionally, contracts with the state of Texas provide attendant care, and attendant salaries paid by HRA are reimbursed by Medicaid funds. However, certain activities that HRA performs when enrolling a client is not reimbursable (visiting the clients’ home to assess the needs, hiring and training attendants) and HRA must raise those funds. The requested funds will insure no interruption of services and allow clients to remain in their homes, avoiding hospitalization as well as remain as safe as possible from any further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • $1,000 per client to enroll into HRA services. These costs must be raised as they are not reimbursed by Medicare/Medicaid to HRA (only the attendant’s salary is reimbursed).
  • $500 – $10,000 to help restock face masks, gloves and handsanitizer not included or anticipated in the 2020 budget.

Amount Requested: $500 – $10,000

James L. West Center is a faith-inspired organization serving persons impacted by dementia. A number of their residents and staff have contracted COVID-19.  Long-term care facilities have been hard hit due to the age and frailty of residents and the complexity of caring for those with dementia that do not understand social distancing. The crisis has compelled the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and the importance of taking care of staff who are tired, scared and stressed. In addition, they had to close their Senior Adult Day Program to transition that area into a quarantine unit, resulting in a loss of revenue of $25,000 a month. James L. West is requesting a total of $225,000 for the following needs, but a gift of any size would be most appreciated:

Amount Requested: $500 – $225,000 

  • $175,000 for “Hero’s Pay” which is $2 per hour pay increase for clinical and frontline workers. The goal is to retain staff and show appreciation for their dedication through hardship pay.
  • $50,000 for the increased need of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Ruth’s Place serves vulnerable populations in Hood County by providing free medical care and access to basic human needs. During the COVID-19 crisis, their outreach center is coordinating with the school district and local agencies to feed students without consistent access to meals during school closures. The elderly also need food bank services.

The clinic is contacting each high-risk patient to do a welfare check and provide resource information as needed, providing Telehealth appointments, and working to provide two to three months of prescriptions for needed medications. The population served by Ruth’s Place is vulnerable to COVID-19 due to high-risk co-morbidities and poverty, and they are uninsured. There are not enough COVID-19 testing sites in the county, so obtaining and administering COVID-19 testing is a high priority.

Amount: $5,000 – $10,000

Texas Health Resources Foundation is the fundraising arm of Texas Health Resources, a faith-based, non-profit healthcare system serving 16 counties in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.  In each hospital across North Texas, caregivers are on the frontline taking care of patients with COVID-19.  Texas Health has established a response fund that helps frontline workers with basic needs such as shelter, food and childcare as they respond to the pandemic with selfless courage and professionalism.  When frontline workers go home, they carry the fear of exposing their loved ones and have little time to cook, buy groceries or sort out daycare. They are requesting the following to support their frontline workers:

Amount Requested: $500-$250,000

  • $500 can provide a hotel stay for frontline workers to protect their family
  • $1,000 can provide a month of daycare for a frontline worker
  • $2,500 can provide one meal for an entire front line shift
  • $15,000 is the daily cost of PPE across Texas Health hospitals ($250 for one ER unit)

The UNT Health Science Center (HSC) exists to create solutions for a healthier community. The HSC is working with Tarrant County Public Health to staff two new COVID-19 testing sites in underserved areas, testing approximately 10,000 people. Early in the pandemic, the HSC provided off-campus COVID-19 testing for Tarrant County area first responders who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus but were not experiencing symptoms, providing results within 72 hours, but typically 24-48 hours. Additionally, a patient’s test swab must be stabilized in a vial with the CDC recipe of salt, antibiotics, and protein for transport to the lab for testing. High demand and low supply of Viral Transport Medium (VTM) led Tarrant County Public Health to turn to the UNT System School of Pharmacy to make the essential vials for COVID-19 tests. Due to the growing need for COVID testing and medical vials, the HSC requests support to meet the following needs:

Amount Requested: $500 – $40,000:

  • $4,400 to provide quality materials for COVID-19 testing vials
  • $14,130 to provide PPE for HSC students and staff assisting at COVID-19 testing sites
  • $20,000 to provide meals for HSC students and staff providing COVID-19 testing at site locations

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If you have any questions about funding a nonprofit project, please contact Vicki Andrews at vandrews@northtexascf.org or call 817.877.0702.

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