Neighbor to Neighbor receives $5,800 grant from Kansas Health Foundation

June 4, 2014 by


The grant announced this week will help provide supplies for painting classes, as well as for other arts and cooking programs.

Neighbor to Neighbor has received more than $5,800 to help pay for crafts and cooking for use in three of the center’s most popular activities.

The Recognition Grant awarded to the downtown day center operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia was one of 66 announced today (June 4) by the Kansas Health Foundation. Those grants totals about $1.2 million.

The grant to Neighbor to Neighbor includes $2,550 for art supplies, used in classes offered by Sister Ramona Medina twice a week; plus $2,400 for food used in the Thursday afternoon cooking and baking classes; and $900 for jewelry-making supplies.

Neighbor to Neighbor, which celebrated its fourth anniversary in May, offers a variety of programs for women and their pre-school children, while also giving them a place to find friendship and informally learn from each other. All program and services are free to the center’s guests, with funding provided by the Sisters of St. Joseph, individual donations of money and materials and a few grants.

“Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality.”

Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.

For information about the Neighbor to Neighbor programs that will be funded with this grant, or to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer, please visit or the center’s Facebook page at Visitors are always welcome at the center at 103 E. Sixth St., which is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday.




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