May 28, 2020 — Six local not-for-profits got some good news earlier this month: each were awarded grants from the West Orange Healthcare District to help meet the health and wellness needs of the residents they serve.

The grants, totaling $149,660, were awarded to:

  • Cornerstone Hospice, which received a $25,000 grant for its COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The Fund was created to help the organization cover unexpected costs for protective supplies, equipment and technology, and support its most vulnerable residents by helping them purchase groceries and pay utility bills.
  • Jack & Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center, which received a $25,000 grant to launch the Brain Fitness Academy program in west Orange County. The program will create a therapeutic environment to maximize the health and wellbeing of individuals as young as 45 living with mild cognitive impairment and early dementia.
  • Orlando Health Foundation, which received a $24,660 grant to provide heart-healthy, home-delivered meals to patients with congestive heart failure who’ve recently been discharged from Orlando Health-Health Central Hospital. The 30-day program is designed to promote health and wellness, and reduce hospital readmissions.
  • Camp Boggy Creek, which received a $25,000 grant to enable at least 12 families from west Orange County to attend one of eight Fall Family Retreat weekends. Each three-day weekend is specially designed for families managing chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, hemophilia, diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, and heart and respiratory ailments.
  • Finding the Lost Sheep, which received a $25,000 grant to fund a six-month parent mentoring program that provides hands-on coaching, education and support to at-risk parents. Interactive, small-group sessions focus on creating a healthy home environment, provide guidance on effective discipline and promote parent self-care.
  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, which received a $25,000 grant toward its “Controlling Our Risk Everyday,” or CORE, program specifically for African-American families and care partners. African Americans have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The grant will cover costs of instruction, nutritional counseling and educational workshops to help families become healthier and potentially stave off the onset of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.