Three nonprofit groups have received grants as part of the Oak Valley Hospital District/Catholic Healthcare West Grants Program. Grants were awarded to organizations that provide needed health and human services and improve the quality of life within the OVHD service area.
The Children's Crisis Center Guardian Home will use its grant for its Nutrition Education and Therapeutic Play Program, which serves the emotional, developmental and nutritional needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children from infant to age 17. The Guardian Home is in Oakdale.
Funds awarded to the Oakdale Community Aquatic Therapy Foundation will be applied toward its efforts to build an indoor aquatic therapy pool for children, adults and seniors.
The third recipient was the Senior Outreach Program of the Oakdale Police Department. The mission of the program is to support, monitor and protect the senior citizens of the community. A portion of the grant will help with the purchase and maintenance of 20 Project Lifesaver bracelets. These bracelets help police find seniors who may wander because of Alzheimer's, dementia and other related diseases.
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The grants program is part of the hospital district and CHW's community benefits initiative. More than $3.6 million was awarded through grant program for the 2009 grants cycle. Of that amount, $201,027 was awarded within the San Joaquin/Sierra region, which includes Oak Valley Hospital District. CHW hospitals are in California, Nevada and Arizona.