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Stockton Record and Local Grants Awarded

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Stockton Record and Local Grants Awarded

So many great things are possible because of organizations and grants like these.  Take a look at what The Record just reported:

So many great things are possible because of organizations and grants like these.  Take a look at what The Record just reported:

STOCKTON — Health care giant Kaiser Permanente Central Valley recently awarded $878,132 in community benefit grants to 20 nonprofit organizations in San Joaquin County.

The grants are among 40 totaling $1.4 million that Kaiser has awarded in 2015 to community-based organizations, schools and government entities in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The groups operate programs that are committed to increasing the number of children and adults who have access to health and preventive services, and are working to reduce obesity and diabetes among at-risk populations.

The largest award — $90,000 — went to the Family Resource & Referral Center to help it operate San Joaquin County’s 211 program that makes it easier for people to find the essential health and human services they need. That help is available 24 hours a day by dialing 211 or online.

“The grant is really critical for the operation, and I think Kaiser really understands the impact on health. Stabilizing a family really goes a long way in maintaining their family’s well-being; Kaiser gets props for really being about preventative care,” said Kay Ruhstaller, executive director of the Family Resource & Referral Center.

Since the 211 service became active in San Joaquin County on April 1, it has received more than 5,000 calls from seniors to young people seeking assistance. Housing, according to Ruhstaller, has been the No. 1 need, followed by food insecurity and issues surrounding domestic violence.
The website at maintains up-to-date resources for 16 categories of need from financial help to employment to children’s services. It has been averaging 1,500 visits per month.

“We do have a partnership with First 5 locally to run the Help Me Grow call center. For a mother with young children, we can do a phone screening to make sure their child is meeting developmental milestones. For example, if we can get a child under 5 into speech and language therapy or some other preventative program, it is going to benefit that child throughout their lifespan,” Ruhstaller said.

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