April 2022 Newsletter
  • New Associated Churches program helping new mothers “get through difficult times”
  • PIC Luncheon - Destigmatizing Mental Health: Practical Considerations for Providers
  • Meet the Board: Tom Felts
  • Our HEALing Kitchen to expand thanks to state grant
  • Redemption House adds new Wellness Director
- Walking with moms for healthy lives -
Grantee spotlight:
New Associated Churches program helping new mothers “get through difficult times”
Since 1944, Associated Churches has offered services and programming to families in need, helping them with necessities, fostering healthy children and youth development, providing physical and emotional support, teaching about healthy relationships, and providing the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.
Throughout the years, the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation has supported the work of Associated Churches with over $140,000 in grant funding, primarily for The Landing and A Baby's Closet programs, but recently extended that support to the agency's newest endeavor, Journey Beside Mothers.

- Connecting professionals who care for moms and babies -
Education opportunity:
- Prenatal & Infant Care Luncheon -
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Destigmatizing Mental Health:
Practical Considerations for Providers

11:30AM-1:30PM – Lunch Provided
Allen County Public Library Downtown, Meeting Rooms A, B, C
900 Library Plaza 

Local Maternal Mental Health Data and Recommendations

Erin Norton, RN, BSN, MBA, Director of Community Outreach at Parkview Women’s & Children’s Service Line and facilitator for the Allen County Fetal Infant Mortality Review Committee (FIMR), will provide a brief overview of recent data and the FIMR Committee’s recommendations to address local maternal mental health challenges. Their research and data will reveal opportunities for all community partners to strengthen services.
Destigmatizing Mental Health:
Practical Considerations for Providers

Janell Lane, MA, LMHC, Co-founder, Courageous Healing, will be our keynote speaker for the luncheon, leading an interactive session for prenatal and maternal health care providers exploring:

  • the connection between mental health and fetal loss,
  • types of treatment and medical considerations,
  • tips for reducing associated stigma, and
  • cultural considerations.
A dynamic and powerful counselor, presenter, and speaker, Janell is a trainer with a unique way of relating relevant and applicable information. She has a Bachelor of Art in Psychological Science with minors in Criminal Justice & Criminology and Social Work and a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling, emphasizing providing community-based mental health services, from Ball State University. She is licensed as a mental health counselor and has experience and training working with diverse populations. Janell’s approach balances warmth and support with her honest, direct, and practical communication style.

- Continuing a history of compassion and excellence -
Foundation focus:
Meet the Board: Tom Felts
Q: What do you enjoy most about serving on the St. Joe Foundation Board?

A: I very much appreciate the opportunity to use my talents, knowledge and time to make a difference in people's lives through the Foundation’s grants. I also love the interaction, camaraderie and spiritual sharing gained by engaging with the Poor Handmaid Sisters, the wonderful Foundation staff and thoughtful and committed Board and Committee members.

- Supporting low-cost, nutritious eating -
Foundation focus:
Our HEALing Kitchen to expand
thanks to state grant
Local middle school students will be learning how to cook nutritious meals thanks to a grant awarded to the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation from the Indiana Department of Health.

The $22,500 grant from the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Indiana Department  
of Health will support the Our HEALing Kitchen program in all 12 Fort Wayne Community Schools middle schools.

Our HEALing Kitchen is a cooking curriculum developed by the St. Joe Foundation and registered dietitians from Parkview Health. The program focuses on preparing healthy and affordable meals and emphasizes increasing... 

- Caring for the whole person with professional support -
Grantee spotlight:
Redemption House adds new Wellness Director
The health and wellness programming at Redemption House is now more robust thanks to the recent hiring of a fulltime Wellness Director.

Registered nurse and certified nurse practitioner Linda Iseler is just getting started creating wellness plans for all of Redemption House’s residents, who are court ordered to the program. Redemption House is a transition home for women and serves as an alternative to incarceration. While in the program, women address substance abuse issues and gain the skills needed to live successfully on their own.

- Connecting everyone in the community to critical health resources -
Community resource:
Free Community Health
Resource Directories now available
The latest edition of the Community Health Resource Directory is now available for free to the general public and organizations that serve low-income and vulnerable residents.

Free, printed copies of the directory are available for pick up by filling out the request form at www.SJCHF.org/directories. A pdf copy of the directory is also available on that same web page.

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation updates and prints the directory every other year. It lists more than 100 free or low-cost healthcare services located in Allen County. Services are listed in twelve categories that include medical, dental, mental health, immunization, transportation, health screenings and more. Each service listed includes information such as: days and hours of operation, what payment forms are accepted, if a photo identification is needed, whether it is located on a bus line and if interpreters are available.

 A ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.