The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation (NPHCF) has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program (WWC) at Misericordia University. The grant supports the delivery of medical, nutritional, mental health and family services for all Bourger WWC families. The grant will also be used to support the Kids On Campus Program, a Misericordia University student volunteer-based program that provides weekly activities for the Bourger WWC program children throughout the year.
The Bourger WWC is one of 21 programs in the community selected for funding by the NPHCF. James Clemente, chairman, NPHCF Board of Directors, made the certificate presentation to Katherine Pohlidal, program director, Bourger WWC.
The NPHCF's mission is to function as a public foundation that supports the health care needs, including, but not limited to, health education, community wellness, payment for medical care of the uninsured and underinsured, and to improve the complete physical, mental and social well-being of the residents of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties.
Established in 2000, the Bourger WWC provides housing and support for academically qualified, single mothers at the poverty level and their children in two homes owned by Misericordia University. The program, one of only eight of its kind in the country, has seen baccalaureate degree graduates continuing in careers in nursing, education, communications, occupational therapy, social work, medical imaging, psychology, business administration and speech-language pathology.
The program currently has the capacity for 10 families: 10 single mothers with up to two children each, with program expansion slated by fall of 2016 to a total of 16 families. To date, 51 women have taken part in the WWC program. Although priority is given to women from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, students from as far away as Utah have participated.
For more information about the Bourger WWC program at Misericordia University, please call Katherine Pohlidal at (570) 674-6728 or log on to www.misericordia.edu/wwc.
The board of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation presented a grant of $50,000 to the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University. Participating in the announcement, front row from left, are Robert J. Knowles, vice chairman, NPHCF board; Henry Sallusti, member, NPHCF board; Katherine Pohlidal, director, Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University; James Clemente, chairman, NPHCF board, and the honorable Terrence Nealon, member, NPHCF board; second row, Kerry O'Grady, member, NPHCF board; Laura Ducceschi, president and CEO, Scranton Area Foundation, and administrator, NPHCF, and Natalie Gelb, member, NPHCF board; third row, Michele McGowan, and Christopher Dressel, M.D., members, NPHCF board, and Matthew E. Haggerty, Esq., secretary/treasurer, NPHCF board; fourth row, Jeremiah Eagen, M.D., James Mileski and Mark Mitchell, members, NPHCF board.