Four local programs will benefit this year from “Caritas” grants provided by Mercy Health Systems.

 


Four local programs will benefit this year from “Caritas” grants provided by Mercy Health Systems.

 

Local organizations slated to receive funds are:

 

C/SARA Foundation —$30,000 for education, collaboration and victim advocacy for children and adults experiencing crisis around trauma or abuse Good Shepherd Community Clinic — $20,000 for diabetes supplies for clinic and patients Wheel Chair Ramps — $19,000 for the purchase of 10 permanent and 20 portable wheelchair ramps Medication Assistance and Transportation programs— $74,400 has been awarded for prescription medication and transportation assistance for under served patients in Ardmore, as well as  Oklahoma City;  Washington, Mo.; Lebanon, Mo.; and Berryville, Ark.

The local funding is part of $600,000 Mercy will donate in 2012 to two dozen vital community projects in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas. Since 1988, Mercy has gifted a total of $9 million to communities across the Midwest.

 

“When our Founder Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827, the needs were great,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy System president and CEO. “The needs today in the communities we serve across the Midwest continue to grow, and we continue to find ways to serve those needs. It’s in our DNA to serve those who are economically poor and to work for change on their behalf.”