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Mercy House receives $75,000 grant for program continuation

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Mercy House of the Southern Tier has received a $75,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to continue an admissions-navigation program. (PHOTO CREDIT: MERCY HOUSE WEBSITE)

ENDICOTT, N.Y. —The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to Mercy House of the Southern Tier for the continuance of the Mercy House Admissions Navigator Program. 

The Admission Navigator Program allows Mercy House to continue to meet with palliative teams at hospitals, provide informational in-home visits, and help to raise awareness of Mercy House as a community care shelter for the terminally ill. This position also helps ensure that potential residents meet the guidelines to receive care at Mercy House, according to a press release announcing the award.

“We are grateful to the Mother Cabrini Foundation for awarding us this fourth grant,” Mercy House Executive Director Linda Cerra said. “Having RN admission navigators on staff allows us to increase the number of people with terminal illnesses receiving end-of-life care.”

This is the fourth year Mercy House received a grant from Mother Cabrini. The grant helps support program costs and salaries to expand Mercy House outreach efforts to a larger geographic region, increase screening of potential residents, and provides assistance with admissions.

“One of the foundation’s biggest strengths is that we’re community driven,” Kathryn Ruscitto, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation’s regional grants committee chair, said in a release. “By consistently engaging with our grantees and their communities and letting them take the lead in identifying their needs, our team is better able to pursue responsive grantmaking and understand the common challenges New York’s nonprofits face. In doing so, we can better empower our tireless grantees to overcome obstacles, deliver for the needs of their communities, and build a more equitable New York.”

Mercy House is a community care shelter for people with terminal illnesses who can no longer remain at home. 

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grants are targeted to specific needs. The foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable New Yorkers. 

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