VENICE, CA – Martin Luther King Community Hospital and Venice Family Clinic are among five local recipients of $ 1.3 million in COVID-19 Response Grants awarded Tuesday by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles were addressing urgent physical and mental health care needs due to the pandemic.
The grants will also help small businesses struggling to survive on interest-free loans. The payouts are part of a previously announced multi-stage initiative through which the foundation has committed more than $ 8 million in donations, the largest amount ever made available by the institution for a single cause.
The five new recipients are the Jewish Family Service LA, the Jewish Free Loan Association, the Los Angeles Jewish Home, the Martin Luther King Community Hospital, and the Venice Family Clinic. The total number of awards including these final grants is 46.
Previous COVID-19 relief funds were aimed at meeting immediate, vital needs across the local community and in Israel, as well as supporting local mission-critical Jewish nonprofits affected by the pandemic.
Through its ongoing contact with local nonprofits and other donors, the foundation has identified unmet needs, including many more people hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to Marvin I. Schotland, president and CEO of the foundation.
He said the ongoing pandemic has also increased the isolation of many seniors who lack the technology or knowledge to access basic care. It continues to have a devastating financial impact on small business owners due to the protracted crisis, Schotland said.
“This is a global health crisis of a magnitude never seen in our lifetime,” said Schotland. “There is still a huge need that requires support. Because the foundation is in regular contact with nonprofit organizations, we can respond quickly when critical needs are identified, including funding urgent health and mental inequalities, and businesses struggling to get grants to five organizations, our dollars serve thousands of those in need in the Jewish community and positively influence the larger community. “
The five scholarships are aimed at:
– LA Jewish Family Service for Older Adult Video Services: The grant will expand a successful pilot program with frail older adults connecting them to vital services and a supportive lifeline through technology. The funding will support staffing and provide Chromebooks and internet to enable older customers to access services.
– Jewish Free Loan Association for the Small Business Loan Fund: Due to the pandemic, JFLA has received a significantly higher number of interest-free loan applications averaging $ 20,000 for troubled businesses and for new business startups. This grant will help grow the loan fund and allow JFLA to continue making loans without reducing amounts or turning down applicants;
– Los Angeles Jewish Home, for: The Brandman Centers for Senior Care Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). PACE provides a full range of health, social and nutritional services for elderly people in need of care who want to live safely at home or with family members. Over 250 frail elderly seniors are enrolled with PACE. This grant will enable staff to provide resources to these seniors who are unable to come to the facility for services due to COVID. The Factor Building Skilled Nursing Facility: This grant will help meet staffing needs in the Factor Building, which now houses all residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility needs separate staff to provide these residents with the usual high quality, long-term medical and rehabilitation therapies and treat them for COVID;
– Martin Luther King Community Hospital for: Space Conversion. As the pandemic hits the black and Latin American communities served by MLKCH the hardest, the hospital is addressing new critical needs to ensure its COVID patients – whose positivity rate is twice the LA County’s average – receive adequate care . With capacity exhausted, the MLKCH converted an entire floor into an intensive care unit to meet the unexpected level of intensive care required for COVID patients. It also uses every other possible space to accommodate patients. COVID intensive care clinic after discharge: The facility supports patients who continue to have symptoms or need additional care. Given the increased need for intensive care, the post-COVID clinic has also seen an increase. MLKCH converted an existing room into a clinic where patients receive comprehensive services including lung appointments, respiratory therapy services, psychiatric services and ongoing support from their medical team in the intensive care unit; and
– Venice Family Clinic for: Telemedicine / Information Technology Infrastructure: To keep older adults busy and prevent social isolation, the grant will strengthen IT infrastructure to provide high quality virtual services. VFC will acquire an integrated telemedicine video tool that will enable patients to fill out paperwork prior to the visit, receive fully encrypted visits, and receive post-visit details via video. COVID Care Outreach Initiative: The program will help create a strong social support system for an estimated 2,000 elderly patients and 5,000 seniors in VFC’s extensive network of volunteers, as well as retired employees and community partners. Mobilize staff and volunteers to identify older adults at high risk of social isolation, conduct wellness calls and video chats, arrange grocery deliveries, and host small-group virtual activities.
“Access to quality health care is one of the ultimate acts of social justice,” said Dyan Sublett, president of the MLKCH. “With their generous support, the Jewish Community Foundation has lifted our community into the full continuum of care and healing. The foundation’s supportive partnership in our work during the pandemic has enabled MLKCH to expand our care to include all seriously ill COVID patients who need us in South Los Angeles – and we have supported our innovative post-discharge COVID clinic, to ensure that our patients continue to see the nurses and doctors who have looked after them while they continue their recovery at home. “
Established in 1954, the foundation manages more than $ 1.4 billion in charitable assets entrusted to it by over 1,300 families and is one of the 10 largest foundations in Los Angeles. It works with donors to develop meaningful philanthropic strategies, increase the impact of their donations, and build lasting charitable legacies. In 2020, the foundation and its donors distributed $ 127 million to 2,700 nonprofits with programs that span the spectrum of philanthropic giving. In the past 12 years, it has paid more than $ 1 billion to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.
– City news service