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Your Gifts at Work — Mission Grants 2018-2019

The Home Nursing Agency Foundation, a community benefit, non-profit organization, recently awarded 31 Mission Grants totaling $234,025 to Agency programs and services. The grants will directly impact patient care and services that are provided in the home and in the community for the latter part of 2018 and throughout 2019.

The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to create, improve, or enhance the Agency’s programs and services that ultimately results in a benefit to the individual, the family, and the community. The Foundation uses donations from individuals, community contributions, and proceeds from fundraising events, like Mercedes Moment, to annually award Mission Grants. Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded 353 grants totaling $1,881,878.

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and all dollars remain in the community—close to home within the cities, towns, and boroughs served by the Agency. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For more information about how you can make an impact, please visit contact Kim Helsel, Director of Development/Marketing Communications, 814.947.7024 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The following Agency programs and services were awarded Mission Grants for 2018-2019:

Hospice Emergency Fund – To help individuals who are facing a life-limiting illness with emergency one-time funding for utility or fuel costs, medications, air conditioners, and other emergencies to ease the emotional and physical challenges occurring at the end of life.

Hospice Volunteers – To provide funds to support the comfort and care of hospice patients who need bed sheets, neck pillows, hospital gowns, baby monitors, reading materials, and comfort bags comprised of lotions, portable CD players, portable projectors to provide images to bed bound patients. Additional purchase would be holiday gift item, such as fleece blankets.

Hospice Volunteers – To recognize hospice volunteers through appreciation luncheons and other efforts to demonstrate appreciation for volunteers' service to hospice patients and families.

Hospice Volunteers– To provide smocks for hospice volunteers serving the General Inpatient Unit at UPMC Altoona to identify them as hospice volunteers. Also to purchase comfort bags and contents.

Hospice Educational Resources – To purchase educational booklets to be used by the family as a resource for the signs and symptoms of what to expect during the various stages of dying and large-print Bibles. Education decreases fears of patients and their caregivers, allowing them to have more peace of mind about the future.

Hospice Bereavement – To purchase stationery items (cards, grief support literature) for the extended support mailings to bereaved families. Also to purchase books “Healing After Loss” and journals to be used for those bereaved.

Hospice Bereavement – To fund a day-long retreat for widows in Blair and surrounding counties facilitated by Donna Marie Todd, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

Hospice Quality of Life – To enhance the quality of life for our patients by providing funds for a meal at restaurant to celebrate an anniversary for a dying patient/spouse, for a television for a patient with no other means of entertainment, or for CDs for an anxious patient calmed by music.

Healing Patch - Children’s Grief Program –To supplement overhead costs, including staff time/facility costs, craft/activity supplies, and food. In addition, to cover expenses for staff to facilitate six-week in-school groups with children who would not otherwise have access to a center or grief resources.

Home Health Emergency Fund – To provide funds for HNA Home Health patients and their families who have need beyond normal circumstances and need assistance to purchase life’s basic necessities, i.e. nutritional supplements, bathing/safety aides, bedding, and emergency medications.

Pediatric Home Connection – To pay for additional shifts of nursing care, respite, and social services support for children who are technology-dependent and suffer from chronic, life-limiting disabilities.

Pediatric Home Connection – To purchase therapeutic items needed by children with chronic, life-limiting disabilities that will help to ensure/maintain the child’s comfort and provide education and stimulation.

AIDS Intervention Project – To assist individuals and families dealing with HIV/AIDS with personal care items, cleaning supplies, and air conditioner for client with significant breathing issues.

Center for Counseling – To assist in providing treatment to children and adults experiencing behavioral health issues who would otherwise not receive services due to having no insurance, high co-pays/deductibles or private insurances that will not pay for counseling services.

Adult Group Blair (Art Therapy) / Adult Partial Hospitalization – To support the art therapy program with supplies, i.e. paints, clay, paper products, and easels and for planning and implementation of art therapy sessions and art show activities.

ACEL – Adult Center for Exceptional Learning – To support the continuation of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art (SAMA) Artists-In-Residence program that provides ACEL individuals the opportunity to experience art, painting, dancing and storytelling, which can improve their quality of life.

Adult Day Services – New chairs for the Cambria County Center that are sturdy and have arms for members to safely enjoy center activities.

Behavioral Health-Children's – To cover costs of eradicating bedbugs and cockroaches in very limited, extremely critical situations.

Blended Case Management/Children and Adolescents – To purchase personal/hygiene products, cleaning products, food, seasonal clothing items and other daily living needs for children and adolescents in the Children’s Behavioral Health Program and to be used for start-up costs for community and school-based activities, i.e. intramural sports, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.

Blended Case Management/Resource Coordination – (Behavioral Health Care for adults diagnosed with a mental illness) - To be used for unexpected emergencies or when an individual has minimal income. Helps to fund household and personal hygiene products, clothes for employment/school and bus passes for those starting employment.

Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) (Provides therapeutic support to children with Bipolar Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders) - To assist with community activity fees for children receiving behavioral health services and to purchase therapeutic games that would encourage active participation by the individual and family to support and attain goals necessary to prevent more intensive services.

Children and Adolescents Partial Hospitalization (Blair & Centre counties) – To stock the “Rewards Store” (acute/individual outpatient program) and “group store” (Hearts and Strides – Centre County), a therapeutic incentive-based program that changes negative behaviors into positive ones with the use of a rewards system. Items to include basic school items and activity items to encourage family cohesiveness and participation. 

Children and Adolescents Partial Hospitalization (Blair County) – To fund the rental of a van for June-August to transport local school-aged youth to and from treatment at the center. The van will make multiple trips daily and is estimated to transport a total of 150 youth each week to ensure they have access to continue their therapeutic programming.

Children and Adolescents Partial Hospitalization (Blair County) – To provide a balanced and nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack for the youth in the program. Providing proper nutrition is not a regulation, and therefore not reimbursed by any payer. Meals through the program are often the only food the youth have, so food will also be provided to take home for the weekend.

Opportunity Club – The Club provides a stress-free, stigma-free atmosphere for people 18 years and older who are diagnosed with a mental illness or co-occurring disorder. Funds support hot meal once a month and four special events/holidays that approximately 150 individuals attend. Funds would be used to purchase decorations/prizes, food, DJ services and room rental. 

Drug & Alcohol – Help individuals who cannot afford co-pays related to private insurance and monthly liability costs.

Lexington Clubhouse (Pychiatric rehabilitation program) – To create two vegetable gardens on site to provide fresh produce for daily lunches. Funds will be used to purchase flowers, soil, and fertilizer for the garden, flower boxes and lumber to create to garden, and the tools and materials to engage members in all aspects of building/maintenance and preparation of the vegetables to eat.

Children’s Emergency Medical – Used for travel expenses, gas cards, required medical equipment, and lodging/food for families while the youth receives out of town treatment. 

Early Intervention - To provide feeding equipment, communication boards, and developmental/therapeutic materials, including more costly equipment such as an adapted walker and stander to accommodate clients with multiple disabilities.

Nurse-Family Partnership® - To support the operation of Nurse-Family Partnership in Cambria and Somerset Counties, as United Way of the Laurel Highlands funding to expand the program was significantly decreased for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Critical Need Funding – To cover any critical need for which no formal Grant request had been made or insufficient dollars had been approved. This allocation will be at the discretion of the Grants Committee.