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The Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity

The Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity was established to allow Kindred to invest in a broad array of grassroots, community efforts that can affect real change, including causes related to healthcare disparities, gaps in the education system, and social services in the cities where our team members live and work. We know there are organizations in our communities that are in need of support, and we want to empower our team members to help us direct these funds to where they will help the most.

If your organization has been identified by a Kindred team member to apply for a grant from the Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity, please complete the online application found here.

Please note all not-for-profit organizations applying for a grant must be in full compliance with all requirements to maintain 501(c)(3) status.

A panel of Kindred team members designated by the Institute – including members of Kindred’s Inclusion and Equity Council – will convene regularly to award grants.

Recent Grant Recipients

 

Teens for Tomorrow – St. Louis, Missouri


Mission: Teens of Tomorrow is a St. Louis-area not-for-profit that provides mentorship and other services to youth in the community. The Institute grant will be used to provide necessary repairs and renovation to a safe house located in the heart of St. Louis.

Nominator: Kevin Shrake, CEO, Kindred Hospital St. Louis

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: "This money is very timely and the need is great," said Charles Shelton, Founder and Executive Director of Teens of Tomorrow. "It is so important to have a safe venue for our youth to receive mentoring and have a place to sleep. These are common privileges that we often take for granted. We will put this money to use in a very visible way through this renovation project. Thanks to Kindred Hospital St. Louis and the Kindred Foundation of Inclusion and Equity for making this happen!"

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Teens of Tomorrow founder and executive director Charles Shelton accepts the ceremonial check from the Kindred Institute for Inclusion and Equity, presented by Kindred Hospital St. Louis CEO Kevin Shrake, who nominated Teens of Tomorrow for the grant.

Louisville Youth Group – Louisville, Kentucky


Mission: The Louisville Youth Group empowers LGBTQIA+ youth to grow into healthy and resilient leaders through community connection, life skills, education and social advocacy.

Nominator: Margaret Giesel, program analyst consultant, Kindred Support Center

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: "Louisville Youth Group is honored to receive support from Kindred towards launching the Host Homes program,” said Elana Rosenberg, executive director of Louisville Youth Group. “LGBTQ+ youth experience houselessness and housing insecurity at an alarming rate, with an estimated 40% of all youth experiencing homelessness being LGBTQ+. Dedicated programs and services for LGBTQ+ youth are critical, to help assure that all our youth have the ability to thrive. Louisville Youth Group empowers youth with the tools to take ownership of their own lives. We create space for youth to heal and develop into the LGBTQ+ leaders of tomorrow."

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Elana Rosenberg of the Louisville Youth Group and Margaret Giesel of Kindred display the Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity ceremonial check after the Institute awarded LYG a $5,000 grant.

Phelps Connections for Seniors – Phelps County, Missouri


Mission: Phelps Connections for Seniors seeks to combine resources for seniors under one roof to improve access and well-being.

Nominator: Amy Robnett, PT, MBA, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services at Phelps Health and Board Member of Phelps Connections for Seniors

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: “We are so grateful for the Kindred Institute’s support of Phelps Connections for Seniors and our efforts to improve access to senior services in our community,” said Amy Robnett, PT, MBA, Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services at Phelps Health and Board Member of Phelps Connections for Seniors. “We truly appreciate Kindred’s commitment to help organizations across the country doing the kind of work that lifts those in the community most in need.”

Greg Stratman

Pictured from left to right at the Kindred Institute check presentation to Phelps Connections for Seniors (PCS) are: Shelley Stratman, Rolla Nutrition Center; Carolyn Huffman, PCS board member; Lisa Kean, PCS board member; Greg Stratman, PCS board president; Amy Robnett, PCS board secretary and executive director, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services at Phelps Health; Carol Green, PCS board member; and Joanne Zap, PCS board vice president.

Gateway Housing Service Project (GHSP) – St. Louis, Missouri


Mission: The Gateway Housing Service Project provides minor home repairs to those in need in the St. Louis area, including the building of residential ramps to allow accessibility and community integration for the disabled.

Nominator: Sarah Ball, Sr. Director of Quality Accreditation, Kindred Rehabilitation Services and Co-Founder and Treasurer of GHSP

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: “We are grateful for the Kindred Institute’s support of Gateway Housing Service Project and their recognition of our efforts to provide hope and resources to those in need in our community,” said Sarah Ball, Sr. Director of Quality Accreditation at Kindred and Co-Founder and Board Treasurer of Gateway Housing Service Project. “We are also grateful to the company for making a commitment to help organizations across the country doing the kind of work that lifts those in the community most in need.”

Darryl Stanfield

Pictured from left to right are Sarah Ball, GHSP Board Treasurer and Institute grant nominator; Darryl Stanfield, GHSP Board President; Beth Daniels, GHSP Board Secretary; and Max Scott, GHSP Board Member.

Sudanese American Society of South Florida – Sunrise, Florida


Mission: The Sudanese American Society of South Florida mission is to improve the quality of life of our member’s families and their communities through education, culture, housing and support during hardships and difficulties.

Nominator: Ahmed Talaat, Pharmacist, Kindred Hospital South Florida - Ft. Lauderdale

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: “We at the Sudanese American Society of South Florida are both very thankful and grateful for the support and commitment of Kindred institute of inclusion and equity to organizations like us to continue to give back and help our communities,” said Hind Ibrahim, Director of Family and Cultural affairs, Sudanese American Society of South Florida. “Thank you!”

Robin Honomichl

Pictured from left to right for this Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check presentation to the Sudanese American Society of South Florida are Kindred Hospital South Florida - Ft. Lauderdale team members: Justin Wagner, Rph (Executive Fellow); Cathy Waltz, Rph (Director of Pharmacy); Michael Pizzano (CEO); Ahmed Talaat, Rph (Clinical Pharmacist and nominator of the recipient organization); Melanie Evans, (CCO), Mariana Strohm, (Pharmacy Tech); Michelle Brailly, Rph (Pharmacist); and Elizabeth Gomez (Pharmacy Tech).

Cherish Our Children, Inc. (COCI) – Houston, Texas


Mission: Cherish Our Children, Inc. is a not-for-profit based in Houston, Texas, that helps children of incarcerated parents overcome the many challenges they face.

Nominator: Kim Koehler, Medicare Bill Collector, Houston Central Business Office

Amount: $7,500

Reaction: “We are grateful for the Kindred Institute’s support of COCI's GEMS program, which works with middle school students who have had a parent in prison. Through this support, Kindred is recognizing that middle school is an especially challenging time for at-risk students like ours," said Ken Wells, COCI President. "The pandemic cost our students up to a year of their education and this grant allows us to expand GEMS programs into more schools at a time when students really need it.”

Catherine McAuley Center – Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Mission: Catherine McAuley Center is a not-for-profit based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that provides support and services to refugees, immigrants, and women experiencing homelessness or other crises.

Nominator: Robin Honomichl, PT, MPT, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Program Director, Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Amount: $3,000

Reaction: “We thank the Kindred Institute's support of the Catherine McAuley Center and appreciate their mission of aiding organizations working to better the many communities in which Kindred operates,” said Peggy Rubero, Director of Community Partnerships & Grants at the Catherine McAuley Center. “This grant will help us continue to pursue our mission of offering hope and opportunity through educational and supportive services that promote stability, skill-building and connection among adult learners, refugees and immigrants, and women experiencing crisis.”

Robin Honomichl

Robin Honomichl, PT, MPT, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Program Director, Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids, presents a Kindred Institute of Inclusion & Equity check to Kelsey Steines, Director of Development & Communications, Catherine McAuley Center, and Sean Donaldson, Resource Development Manager, Catherine McAuley Center.

A Steady Hand – Dallas, Texas


Mission: A Steady Hand is a not-for-profit based in Dallas that is committed to restoring hope in the lives of young people and helping them succeed, especially when they feel as if they lack the confidence, skill or support to do so.

Nominator: Kine Brembry, MA CCC/SLP, Speech Language Pathologist at Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: “We are so appreciative that A Steady Hand is able to receive these much needed funds from Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity,” said Donald Parish, CEO and President of A Steady Hand. “Our ability to do the real work on one-on-one mentoring, and exposing our young people to career paths and educational opportunities, takes a commitment from great forward-thinking entities such as Kindred. I look forward many years of collaboration.”

Donald Parish

Donald Parish of A Steady Hand receives a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity grant from Theresa Huffman, CEO of Texas Rehabilitation Hospital Arlington.

The Lord is My Help – Ocean Springs, Mississippi


Mission: The Lord is My Help is a not-for-profit based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi that provides food assistance to families in need in the area. Their services include hot meals served daily, a food pantry and grocery assistance for families in need, and meal deliveries to the ill, home-bound, and veterans in the community.

Nominator: Wendie Hawkins, DPT, Program Director at the Singing River Comprehensive Rehab ARU.

Amount: $2,000

Reaction: “The support from the Kindred Institute is much appreciated and we think it’s wonderful that they are making similar contributions to worthy organizations across the country,” said Susannah Snyder, Board President for The Lord is My Help. “This funding will aid in the volume of community members served and will allow us to expand our reach to more children and families in need of basic necessities.”

Heroes Camp, Inc. – Mishawaka, Indiana


Mission: Heroes Camp, Inc, a not-for-profit based in Mishawaka, Indiana that provides educational and life-skill programs to help young males develop to their full potential as productive adults.

Nominator: David Kowalski, Market CEO at Kindred Hospitals La Mirada-Triad in California, who worked at Heroes Camp while growing up in northern Indiana.

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: “We are grateful for the kindness shown by Kindred Institute’s partnering with Heroes Camp to give a platform for fatherless youth to excel.” said Pat Magley, founder of Heroes Camp. “This grant will help alleviate the pressures that the single parent/single income families are faced with daily including basic necessities of food and clothing.”

David Kowalski

David Kowalski, Market CEO for Kindred Hospital La Mirada-Triad in California, presents a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity grant to Pat and BJ Magley, founders of The Heroes Camp in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue (GPSAR) –  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Mission: Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue (GPSAR) is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding lost loved ones.

Nominator: Boris Gankin, Pharmacist, Kindred Hospital Philadelphia - Havertown

Amount: $1,000

Reaction: “We are grateful for the Kindred Institute’s support of Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue and appreciate the company’s commitment to help organizations across the country doing the kind of work that gives hope and opportunity to those who need it most,” said Jessica Colletti, Fundraising Coordinator, GPSAR.

Boris Gankin

Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown's Boris Gankin, Pharmacist, and Madelyn (Maddi) Etzl, CCO, present a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check to members of Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue.

AMPED – Louisville, Kentucky


Mission: AMPED is a not-for-profit based in Louisville that uses music and technology as a catalyst to empower youth and their families to work as a team, learn how to express themselves effectively, and develop into healthy, productive members of the community.

Nominator: Lucas Jean-Marie, Manager of Corporate Development, Kindred Support Center

Amount: $2,000

Reaction: “We appreciate the support of community partners like Kindred,” said Emory Williamson, Development and Marketing Manager at AMPED. “We are committed to providing excellent resources for youth and ensuring equitable change within our community. This funding speaks volumes of Kindred and will help as we continue to connect with youth through mentorship and with music and technology instruction.”

Dave Christopher

Dave Christopher, Sr., Founder and Executive Director of AMPED, shows his Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check presented to him by Lucas Jean-Marie, Manager of Corporate Development at Kindred and an AMPED board member.

Overcoming Church – Indianapolis, Indiana


Mission: Overcoming Church provides a number of community services in the Indianapolis area through its array of ministries, including its “Bread of Life” food pantry that operates three days each week.

Nominator: Nakia Tremble, MHA, RCP – CEO of Kindred Hospital Indianapolis North

Amount: $2,000

Reaction: “We certainly appreciate the Kindred Institute’s support of Overcoming Church to aid us in our efforts to make an impact in our community,” said Loretta Farr, Executive Pastor of Overcoming Church. “This grant will help us better care for individuals and families who are in need of food, services and programming to enhance their overall well-being.”

Nakia Tremble

Nakia Tremble, CEO of Kindred Hospital Indianapolis North, presents a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check to Loretta Farr, Executive Pastor of Overcoming Church. The $2,000 grant will support the church’s “Bread of Life” food pantry.

The Help Out Center – Fort Worth, Texas


Mission: The Help Out Center provides basic needs and resources – such as a food pantry, relief services, continuing education and after-school care – to help lift up the disadvantaged in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and give them the advantages they need to fulfill their purpose.

Nominator: Bailey Bartholomew, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services

Amount: $7,500

Reaction: “On behalf of the Help Out Center staff, we will celebrate this exciting moment with Kindred to secure and distribute 75,000 meals over the next month,” said Abby Gallardo, Outreach Director at The Help Out Center.

B.E. Tolliver's Books for Book Nerds – Kentucky


Mission: B.E. Tolliver's Books for Book Nerds provides Kentucky students with money for textbooks, ensuring they have access to educational materials they need to obtain their degrees.

Nominator: Stephanie Cassady, Programmer Analyst Consultant, Kindred Support Center

Amount: $1,000

Reaction: “We are honored and thrilled for the Kindred Institute’s support of B. E. Tolliver’s Books for Book Nerds! Programs like the Kindred Institute make a world of difference to organizations across the country that are putting in the work to uplift their communities,” said Sarah Lockhart, President, B.E. Tolliver's Books for Book Nerds.

Sarah Lockhart

Stephanie Cassady (left), Programmer Analyst Consultant, Kindred Support Center, presents a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity grant to Sarah Lockhart, President of B.E. Tolliver’s Books for Book Nerds.

Valley Haven School – Valley, Alabama


Mission: Valley Haven School provides education, training, special instruction, and other services to individuals who are intellectually disabled and/or developmentally delayed.

Nominator: Amy Hayes, PT, DPT, MBA, Clinical Coordinator, EAMC Lanier Acute Rehab Unit

Amount: $1,000

Reaction: “It is because of support received by great people and organizations like the Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity that Valley Haven has been able to operate for more than 60 years,” said Craig Brown, Director of Valley Haven School.

Craig Brown

Craig Brown, Director of Valley Haven School in Valley, AL, accepts a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check from Amy Hayes, Clinical Coordinator, EAMC Lanier Acute Rehab Unit, who nominated Valley Haven School for the grant.

The Vineyard Transitional Center – Green Cove Springs, Florida


Mission: The Vineyard Transitional Center provides shelter, food, supplies and re-entry programs to the homeless of Clay County, Florida.

Nominator: Antesia Kelly, Unit Secretary at the Kindred Hospital North Florida ARU

Amount: $2,500

Reaction: “On behalf of The Vineyard Transitional Center, we would like to say thank you, and we feel honored to be awarded this grant from the Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity,” said John Sanders, Founder of The Vineyard Transitional Center. “This gracious act will have an everlasting effect in our community and Clay County at-large. Organizations that get involved in their local communities have a tremendous impact on lives for generations to come. Kindred embodies the very tenets of our organization and their efforts supporting grassroots change are undeniably community-driven and people-focused.”

Sanders

Pictured at a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check presentation are (left to right): The Vineyard Transitional Center’s Rebecca Vandewater (CFO), Pastor John Sanders (Founder), Joseph Smith (Executive Secretary) and Pastor David Jackson (Pastor). At the center is Antesia Kelly, Unit Secretary at Kindred Hospital North Florida ARU, who nominated The Vineyard for the grant.

Carter Girls – Houston, Texas


Mission: Carter Girls educates, empowers and encourages girls through STEM and Fine Arts programs that focus on closing the opportunity gaps that exist for girls in these areas of interests, especially those from homes with economic limitations.

Nominator: James Poullard, SVP for Supplier Services and Health Equity & Experience

Amount: $5,000

Reaction: “We are overjoyed and appreciative for the Kindred Institute’s support of Carter Girls. Carter Girls is a small, but growing organization with big goals to address the inequities and opportunity gaps that exist for girls in the Fine Arts and STEM fields,” said Ashleigh Carter, Founder and President of Carter Girls. “We are excited to receive support from an organization like Kindred. This support will help us meet our goals and positively impact the lives of girls in the greater Houston area.”



James Poullard, SVP for Supplier Services and Health Equity & Experience, presents a Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity check to Ashleigh Carter, founder of Carter Girls.

Oath to Country Foundation – Los Angeles, California


Mission: Oath to Country Foundation (OTCF) seeks to foster a community of connectivity and collaboration with partnerships and volunteers in Southern California to educate and advocate for veterans’ and first responders’ mental health needs, and to provide resources to better serve those that have become homeless or low-income. OTCF’s support ranges from food to basic care supplies to clothing to mental health resources.

Nominator: Justin Gracieux, Clinical Liaison, Kindred Hospital Brea SAU (also founder of OTCF)

Amount: $2,500

Reaction: “We are grateful for the Kindred Institute’s support of OTCF and appreciate the company’s commitment to help organizations across the country doing the kind of work that gives hope and opportunity where it’s not always readily available,” said Justin Gracieux, Founder of Oath to Country Foundation. “This funding will extend our outreach on behalf of veterans and first responders in need.”

 

 

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Justin Gracieux, founder of Oath to Country Foundation and Clinical Liaison at Kindred Hospital Brea SAU, shows his Kindred Institute check at his not-for-profit’s fundraising run over Memorial Day weekend.