Americares awards $500,000 in grants to Texas nonprofits

AmeriCares (WTNH/ Josh Scheinblum)

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Stamford-based foundation has awarded $500,000 in grants to nonprofits in Texas that are providing health services to survivors of Hurricane Harvey.

The organization says the grants ranged from $15,000 to $250,000. They say the grants were given to repair storm damage, support mental health services and provide medical care for those left homeless by the devastating storm.

“Our Hurricane Harvey Relief Program focuses on restoring access to care for the most vulnerable storm survivors,” said Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino. “We are working with nonprofit organizations with strong ties to their local communities to ensure families in need can receive critical medical and mental health services to support their recovery.”

Americares says their Hurricane Harvey Relief Program has provided $12 million in aid to survivors, including medicine and supplies, health programs and programmatic support in partnership with 55 nonprofit organizations.

The organization says priority was given to projects that benefited low-income residents, the uninsured, the disabled, the elderly and children.

Below are the list of grants and nonprofits that Americares has awarded:

  • $250,000 to Refugio County Memorial Hospital in Refugio, Texas, to offset the cost of repairing storm damage to the 20-bed hospital-the only medical center that provides emergency and primary care services in the county, serving a population of 7,000, including many low-income residents without health insurance.
  • $100,000 to Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc. to hire a licensed mental health professional to provide counseling services for children and adults with disabilities and their caregivers affected by the hurricane.
  • $92,985 to Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston to provide medical, dental, mental health and behavioral health services for low-income residents left homeless by the storm.
  • $87,632 to Spindletop Center in Beaumont, Texas, to repair or replace 11 vehicles damaged in the hurricane that transport staff working in storm-damaged communities and allow area residents with mental health needs and physical or intellectual disabilities to participate in programs.
  • And $15,000 to Smithville Community Clinic in Smithville, Texas, to hire a part-time case manager to link survivors in storm-damaged communities with medical care and mental health services, as well as assistance finding housing, employment and other services.


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