Legacy Health Systems helping kids
Legacy Health Systems has awarded a $150,000 grant - or $50,000 over three years - to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington to provide therapists at three of its clubhouses.
“We’re seeing kids who’ve experienced terrible things in their life,” said Elise Menashe, executive director. Most club members taking part in after-school or summer programs live in poverty and many come from single-parent families. “We were finding that our kids needed additional support.” Children's Center, a non profit mental health agency in Vancouver will provide the therapists and partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Legacy’s Community Health Fund has given out 48 grants totaling $8 million since 1998, said Brian Willoughby, director of community benefit at Legacy. This year, besides the grant to the Boys & Girls Club, Legacy is giving money to Portland-based free clinic Southwest Community Health Center to support a nurse practitioner. The grants are meant as incubator money to launch a new program.
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