Respect Means to Essential Workers
SJCPF Board Member, Joe Lumarda, recounts the care, dignity, and respect that both of his parents experienced on a daily basis from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange as essential workers years ago.
His memories and account are a timely reminder that the purpose and the work of the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund (SJCPF) is more important now than ever before. His words reflect our legacy, our philosophy and our commitments.
St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, along with the Orange County Community Foundation, Charitable Ventures, and OC Grantmakers partnered in the Orange County Community Resilience Fund (OCCRF) to respond to the immediate and lasting impacts of COVID-19 in Orange County.
St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund
Partnering with others who share our mission and values is the essence of who we are – and the best way to bring about real and lasting change in our communities.
The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund is one of the most visible expressions of this philosophy.
We envision communities where all people live with optimum health and wellness. The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund is a bridge between our legacy as a Catholic health system and our future as a dynamic community health partner. We continue to seek proactive ways to support our communities, our caregivers, and our most vulnerable throughout our system towards the achievement of health equity.
The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, as an extension of Christ’s healing ministry, provides funding and assistance to improve the health and well-being of the economically poor, and utilizes the strengths and diversity of our neighbors to build vibrant communities. Through all our investments, SJCPF seeks to promote health equity – the idea that everyone has the same opportunity to live a long, healthy life.
In 1986, St. Joseph Health worked to further its commitment to the poor by creating a plan to transcend traditional efforts of providing care for those in need. The St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund was created as a result of that plan, designed to work in partnership with each hospital community benefit department to improve the health of low-income individuals residing in local communities.
The SJCPF is the strategic arm of Providence St. Joseph Health, a 51-hospital, $25 Billion health system. In this role, the SJCPF stretches beyond the traditional role of healthcare to explore innovative new ways to partner with others of goodwill while investing in transformational strategies in the communities we serve.