Fidelis Care, the New York state Catholic bishops’ health-care plan, has donated $30,500 from its Community Grant Fund to organizations in the Diocese of Rochester.
A grant of $20,500 will go to La Casa, a transitional housing program in Sodus for migrant farmworkers and their families that also offers support services. The funding will be used to maintain quality, dedicated staff to provide ongoing mentoring and to teach independent-living skills. A grant of $10,000 will support diocesan Parish Support Ministries’ pastoral services to the migrant-worker community within the diocese’s 12 counties.
Bishop Matthew H. Clark approved and selected the organizations to receive the grant funding to provide services and assistance to members of society who are most in need, according to Fidelis officials.
“Each of the organizations that received grant monies is deserving and will benefit greatly from the assistance, as will the individuals they serve,” Bishop Clark said in a statement.
Fidelis Care serves more than 420,000 members in 41 counties across New York state. In the Diocese of Rochester, it provides Monroe County residents access to the government health-insurance programs Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid, and it operates a satellite office in Perinton.
“Fidelis Care is proud to support organizations that share our mission and have embraced the community, bringing hope and healing to the underserved,” Mark L. Lane, president and CEO of Fidelis Care, said in a statement. “The organizations selected by Bishop Clark have helped to improve the lives of many residents of the diocese, and we are pleased to support such worthwhile programs and services.”