Sister Phyllis Hughes Grant Awardees

In 2023, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $24,000 to the four following organizations:

Kern Dance Alliance

An adaptive dance program for individuals and families who have disabilities and cannot participate in mainstream programing.  The program culminates in a recital at the Historic Fox Theater.

League of Dreams
Offers a variety of adaptive sports programming for children and teens with various disabilities.  This specific program is focused on a comprehensive fitness, strength and balance/coordination curriculum with A3.  

Smile for a Lifetime
Provides orthodontic and advance oral/facial care for those who can’t afford it.  The funds go to expenses associated with the OR facility, time, etc.  Ortho services are all donated.

In 2022, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $27,000 to the four following organizations:

Alpha House

The Medical Assistance program will provide medical and transportation needs to help clients of Alpha House and their surrounding community and areas to have a healthier and more improved life.

Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County (ADAKC)
The ADAKC Managed Transportation Program will ensure ADAKC enrolled participants gain access to specialized care through the Adult Day Program while reducing barriers of transportation.

American Heart Association
The Next Generation of Lifesavers CPR program will fund CPR school kits that will contain the curriculum, manikins (life sized anatomical human models used in education) that include audible feedback for skills testing, video led practice while watching resources, AED training simulators and other materials needed.

Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK)
The Oasis Family Resource Center Extending Hand program fund the purchase of school supplies for youth in Ridgecrest and transportation passed for the elder members in Ridgecrest to support health related appointments.