Sister Phyllis Hughes Grant Awardees

In 2020, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $24,000 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.

Bakersfield Pregnancy Center
The 2020 Expansion Initiative program will provide expanded STI testing, treatment and risk education for all clients; provide resources to expand the services of our ICU Mobile Unit and provide funds for additional curriculum for our Parenting Classes (Earn While You Learn).

Casa Esperanza
The Open House/Welcome Home project will provide housing and a supportive learning environment for six to eight homeless families compromised of single women or women and their minor children. The Open House is a dedicated effort to furnish Casa Esperanza with the essential kitchen, living room, and bedroom furniture, appliances and small household items.

Catholic Charities
The Keep Kern County Clean program will provide hygiene items to low-income and homeless populations to help control the spread of bacteria, viruses and illnesses in Kern County.

In 2019, the Friends of Mercy Foundation distributed a total of $24,000 to the three following organizations:
Assistance League of Kern County
The Operation School bell (OSB) program provides either two new complete sets of school uniforms or $90 towards new school clothes through retail partners to over 3,000 children annually. The Operation Hugs program provides hospitals and emergency service providers with teddy bears to distribute to children in traumatic situations and 6,225 bears have been distributed between 2016/2019.

The Mission at Kern County
The Providing Meals and Care to Homeless Men, Women and Children program serves over 201,000 nutritious meals a year to more than 1,800 individuals. The program provides 3 meals a day 7 days a week in the dining hall for those in the community facing food insecurity and those residing in the shelter.

New Advances for People with Disabilities (NAPD)
The Mobility via Education (MOVE) program philosophy focuses on prevention and is not being utilized by any other care facility in Kern County. This program improved client’s mobility skills, addresses toileting needs, improves behavior and increases meaningful participation in life. This also creates a safer work environment for health care workers due to a reduction in lifting.