Sister Phyllis Hughes Grant Awardees

In 2018, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $26,000 to the four following organizations:

American Lung Association
The Open Airways for Schools and Asthma Basics Program will offer much needed education for asthmatic children, their parents/caregivers and other community members impacted by asthma in the Bakersfield area. 

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kern County (CASA)
The Short-Term Mental Health Advocacy Program will help leverage CASA volunteers to increase the knowledge base of clinicians, mental health professionals and the Kern County Juvenile Court serving foster children.

Dress for Success
The Career Center Expansion grant will provide additional staffing, equipment and access to services which will allow serving more women in a safe, supportive and respectful environment. 

Girl Scouts of Central California
Girl Scouts Connect - Bakersfield Program will provide an 8 week after school classroom workshop where girls learn life skills, values, goal setting, working with others, honesty, reliability and water science. 

Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley
The Story Book Program will allow patients to record a reading of a treasured classic story for their loved ones. 

In 2017, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $22,000 to the four following organizations:

Alpha House
A Place for New Beginnings Program. A grant 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.

Bakersfield Police Activities League
Safe Haven Program.  A grant will provide a Sports and Recreational Program to help children become successful, healthy, active and caring individuals.

Bakersfield Pregnancy Center
Early Pregnancy Verification and Ultrasound Outreach Program will provide early pregnancy verification to women who believe they may be pregnancy with services available at the main downtown facility and through the Mobile Medical Clinic.

Catholic Charities
Feeding Kern County Homeless and Low-Income Families Program. A grant will provide families who are experiencing difficult economic times ease for the burden of feeding their families.

Community Action Partnership of Kern
East Kern Family Resource Center Emergency Supplies Closet Program. A grant will provide low-income families in Mojave and Eastern Kern County with basic necessity items that cannot be met through other sources.

In 2016, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $22,000 to the two following organizations:

Global Family Care Network
A grant will support the “Kern County Daughter Project.” This project is aimed to provide crisis and intervention care for female youth who are homeless, runaway, or otherwise in need of short-term shelter and care. The Daughter Project targets youth who are at-risk to or victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or trafficking, coordinating both prevention-based programs to provide services for youth and to empower youth. 

The Mission at Kern County
A grant will support the “Feeding & Care of the Homeless Project.” This project will provided the purchase of basic staples that will be used in the preparation of meals for the homeless. The Mission at Kern County, on average, provides 15,000 meals a month to the homeless and needy and always seeks to provide healthy, nutritious meals and a safe environment.