San Diego Freedom Ranch operates as a drug and alcohol addiction recovery center for men in Campo. Image via Facebook

The Grossmont Healthcare District on Monday listed $1.3 million in grants and sponsorships distributed to East County nonprofits and health groups during fiscal 2020-21.

Among the highest awards went to the Grossmont Union High School District, granted over $200,000 to its “Health Career Pathway Initiative” program, and $250,000 to San Diego Freedom Ranch in Campo, a 50-bed rehab facility for men with drug and alcohol addiction .
Since 1996, the 750-square-mile district has supported a variety of local nonprofit health-related groups through its grant program, looking to address healthcare needs that might go unmet for its more than 500,000 residents.

The Grossmont high school district addresses the shortage of healthcare workers through providing more than 2,000 students with experience in related fields.

Designed to bring awareness to the possibility of a career in healthcare, the program complements nationwide public health efforts to build a workforce that meets current and future healthcare needs.

According to its application, San Diego Freedom Ranch is using its grant money to upgrade existing commercial modular buildings and ramps to meet Wildfire Urban Interface requirements, ADA compliance and accessibility, and add needed space to comply with the Drug Medi Cal Organized Delivery System requirements for service provisions.

“With this expansion in space, further services such as the addition of case management, more intensive 1-on-1 counseling, and additional groups and classes will have more space to provide better services to individuals and comply with the requirements of the funding source,” said the grant application.

“This will also allow the facility to raise its current census to provide these services to more clients. With these additional buildings, the facility will be able to provide treatment to an estimated 200+ clients per year with an estimated 150+ of them being from the GHD.”
Volunteers in Medicine also emerged as a top awardee, receiving $118,277 for its free clinic to continue serving over 50,000 uninsured residents who reside in the East region.
Grant and sponsorship applicants interested in the next round of awards can begin applying July 1, 2021. Applications are reviewed and approved through December 31, 2021.
The remaining 2020-21 grants and sponsorships were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Alzheimer’s SD – $27,500
  • Boys & Girls Club – $10,000
  • Burn Institute – $34,000
  • Caring Community Living With Cancer – $14,996
  • Center for Community Solutions – $25,000
  • Challenge Center – $25,000
  • Champions for Health – $25,000
  • Crisis House – $25,000
  • ElderHelp of San Diego – $44,000
  • Eric Paredes Save A Life – $10,000
  • Home of Guiding Hands – $69,000
  • Home Start, Inc. – $30,000
  • Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank – $14,000
  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego – $40,000
  • La Maestra Family Clinic, Inc. – $35,000
  • La Mesa City Hope – $15,000
  • Mama’s Kitchen – $25,000
  • Meals on Wheels – $39,377
  • Mountain Empire Union HSD – $25,000
  • Noah Homes – $40,000
  • San Diego Blood Bank – $30,000
  • Serving Seniors – $30,000
  • St. Madeline’s – $25,000
  • Survivors of Torture – $25,000
  • Trauma Intervention Programs of SD – $8,000
  • Vista Hill – $30,000
  • “American Heart Association (Event) SD Heart & Stroke Walk” – $5,000
  • “ElderHelp of San Diego (Event) Essence of Life Awards & Charity Auction” – $3,000
  • “Leukemia & Lymphoma (Event) Light the Night” – $10,000
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