The Kendrick Foundation Announces New Grantees To Address County's top health needs

Awards Additional $449,380 to Non-profit Organizations Serving Morgan County Residents

The Kendrick Foundation is pleased to announce its new 2021-22 grantees. Following a competitive application process, the foundation chose eight additional non-profit organizations to address its priority areas of mental health, substance abuse, and physical activity/nutrition.

“These priority areas are still in direct alignment with the top health needs identified in the Franciscan Health Morgan County Community Health Needs Assessment Report 2019-2021,” said Eric Wymer, M.D., Kendrick Foundation President. “Additionally, according to the CDC, COVID-19 has been associated with increased mental health challenges including elevated levels of adverse mental health conditions, substance use, and suicidal ideation. As such, we’re investing even more heavily this year in efforts to support the mental health and well-being of Morgan County residents.”

Between March 16, 2020 and November 8, 2021, calls to Indiana 2-1-1 reflected housing; health care; utility assistance; individual, family, and community support; and food/meals as the top five needs categories for Morgan County. These areas align with the social determinants of health, which have a major impact on people’s health, well-being, and quality of life.

As part of the 2021-22 competitive grant cycle, the non-profit organizations partnering with the Kendrick Foundation to address the top health needs of Morgan County residents include:

  • Youth First, Inc. – $61,476 to provide social workers and prevention programming at Bell Intermediate Academy and Paul Hadley Middle School
  • Desert Rose Foundation, Inc. – $72,000 to provide crisis intervention and counseling services to survivors of domestic abuse and their children in partnership with Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Inc. – $75,000 to support additional mental health specialists and case management services at IU Health Morgan
  • WellSpring – $38,904 to help address homelessness and poverty in Morgan County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Morgan County – $100,000 to offer youth healthy lifestyles programming focused on physical activity, nutrition, and mental health in partnership with Adult & Child Health
  • Barbara B. Jordan YMCA – $42,000 to provide nutrition and exercise programming to adults in partnership with IU Health Morgan and to support participants’ emotional health in collaboration with Centerstone Indiana
  • Morgan County Substance Abuse Council – $30,000 to provide free programming and training to people of all ages in an effort to reduce the prevalence of substance misuse
  • Martinsville Youth Development Center – $30,000 to help local youth build self-esteem, adopt healthy lifestyles, and value education

“These non-profit organizations have demonstrated time again their ability to meet the needs of Morgan County communities,” said Keylee Wright, M.A., Kendrick Foundation Executive Director. “Each of these organizations adapted service delivery models through the pandemic and continued to serve Morgan County residents. We are truly grateful for their ingenuity, perseverance, and leadership.”