Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals have awarded $223,000 in grant funding to 11 community-based organizations, according to a recent announcement.

As part of an ongoing commitment to the communities the hospitals serve, these grants will provide funding for local organizations in support of their shared mission to meet the community’s needs. Particular emphasis for the awards are programs and services identified as priorities in the 2022 Community Health Needs assessment: chronic/complex conditions, mental health and substance use, equitable access to care, and social determinants of health, with a focus on food and housing insecurity.

“We are proud to support organizations that give back to our communities,” said Tom Sands, president of Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals. “By partnering with and investing in these organizations, we are able to expand our reach to help our most at-need residents and provide them with access to key services.”

Grant recipients were selected by the Beverly and Addison Gilbert Community Benefits Committee, comprised of hospital board members, hospital leaders and community-based organizations from across the service area.

Awardees are:

Action Inc. Welcome Home Program: Provides permanent housing and support services to chronically homeless individuals and families, in accordance with the Housing First model. Services provided include intensive, one-on-one case management tailored to each participant’s individual needs, with the goal of helping them remain stable in their home.

Backyard Growers agriCulture on a Community Scale: A community-driven transformation of the garden in the Gloucester Housing Authority (GHA) Willowood neighborhood to provide a space where residents can grow and prepare healthy food, share knowledge and socialize.

Beverly Bootstraps Mobile Markets: A free farmers market that promotes better health and nutrition and addresses food insecurity by providing low-income residents with free fresh fruits and vegetables. To alleviate barriers such as transportation and mobility issues, the markets are brought directly to housing locations throughout Beverly. The markets incorporate nutrition education, healthy recipes and referrals to a Beverly Bootstraps case manager for further assistance.

Gloucester Police Department Teach to Reach Program: The Gloucester Police Department’s Community Impact Unit will continue its efforts in providing the “Teach to Reach” initiative. The project provides opportunities for members of local community organizations to become a certified recovery coach. These recovery coaches support to individuals’ efforts to stop or reduce their use of alcohol, opiates or other substances.

Greater Lynn Senior Services Food & Thought Program: This “Food is Medicine” collaboration of the City of Lynn’s Food Security Task Force aims to address issues leading to food insecurity. In addition to providing healthy food through the food pantry, the program incorporates nutrition counseling and education sessions, cooking classes and individual supports to identify and address behavioral health issues.

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless CASA Program: This homelessness prevention model embeds highly trained advocates inside community health centers and public schools to assist those facing a financial crisis to obtain or retain housing.

North Shore YMCA Enhance Fitness: An evidence-based group exercise program, offered for free to older adults, that’s designed to offset the effects of aging and chronic illness as well as minimizing the risk of falls, while fostering a supportive social community.

Pathways for Children Nurturing Fathers Program: A nationally registered, evidence-based, family education curriculum designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by increasing knowledge of parenting skills, child development, and community services and resources. The program will be offered to at-risk families with children in Beverly, and presented in English and Spanish.

SeniorCare Rendever Virtual Reality Program: Designed to reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and isolation among older adults through the use of virtual reality (VR). The VR program has a variety of applications, including reminiscence therapy, socialization, physical therapy and exercise, and applications addressing dementia.

The Open Door Medically Tailored Groceries Program: An innovative program to help adults with, or at risk for, chronic illness and struggling with food insecurity better manage their health with access to free, diet-specific, nutritious food. In addition, the Gloucester-based program provides nutrition counseling, educational workshops and help with meal planning and preparation.

Wellspring House Pathways to Jobs Program: The Gloucester-based program rovides intensive educational and job training readiness and career counseling to help individuals obtain employment or transition to a job with higher wages.

Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals are a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health.

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