• Implicit Bias Training to Address Pregnancy-Related and Infant Mortality in Area
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic offers "Talk to an Immigration Attorney" via Facebook
  • Five Our HEALing Kitchen Programs Piloting COVID-Safe Cooking Classes
  • Fall Grant Application Deadline: September 1
  • Seven New Board Members Announced
  • There is Still Time to Complete the 2020 Census
Promoting the Dignity of All People
Foundation Initiative:
Foundation Announces Implicit Bias Training to Address Infant and Pregnancy-Related Mortality
Beginning in August, the St. Joe Foundation will offer specialized training through the Prenatal & Infant Care Network to help local professionals and caregivers identify "implicit bias" patterns that research indicates is a significant cause in the death of many Black and Hispanic infants and mothers. In 2018, Black infants in northeast Indiana were 2.2 times more likely to die before their first birthday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Furthermore, ISDH also reported that Black mothers had the highest rate of pregnancy-related mortality at 37.0 deaths per 100,000 live births in Indiana for 2012-2016, compared to the national rate of 16.9.
The training events include local professionals, and Courageous Living co-founders, Janell and Aaron Lane, facilitating a workshop on "Race and Cultural Learning for Care Providers". The Lanes will explore how to best address critical conversations and challenging experiences regarding implicit bias on race. Participation will be limited, with one workshop online and one workshop in-person at a COVID-safe location.
Aaron and Janell Lane, Courageous Living
Scholarships to participate in the March of Dimes's Breaking Through Bias in Maternity Care,“ self-paced, online training will also be provided by the St. Joe Foundation. This training includes statistics and studies, history and stereotypes, strategies, and tool kits to address biases in organizations. Online learning includes learning checks and exercises to educate and inform learners of the two known Maternal and Infant Health stats; deaths are preventable, and everyone has implicit biases.
A preview of these training opportunities will be offered through a webinar on Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 AM. Arianne Graham, Senior Director, Business Production and Development, for March of Dimes, and Janell Lane, co-Founder of Courageous Living, will each provide an overview of their training events to assist individuals in identifying appropriate training.

Join the PIC Network Newsletter list or check the website for more details on these training events.
Arianne Graham, March of Dimes
Supporting Immigrants and Refugees
Talk to an Attorney Tuesdays
Join us on Facebook Live every Tuesday, 5:00 PM EDT.

Hable con un abogado los martes
Únase con nosotros en Facebook Live cada martes, 5:00 PM EDT
Talk to an Immigration Attorney
Have questions? Join us on Facebook Live every Thursday, 5:00 PM EDT.

Hable con un abogado de inmigración
Ùnase con nosotros en Facebook Live cada martes, 5:00 PM EDT
Grantee Spotlight:
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic offers "Talk to an Immigration Attorney" via Facebook
The St. Joe Foundation is proud to partner with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC). The St. Joe Foundation recommends these great educational opportunities hosted by NCLC on Tuesdays and Thursdays for people who have questions for an attorney. NCLC is Live on Facebook every Tuesday and Thursday, at 5:00 PM EDT. Like their Facebook page to receive notifications when they go live!

Usted tiene preguntas? Únase con nosotros en Facebook live cada martes y jueves, 5:00 PM EDT.

Please be advised this bilingual presentation is an opportunity to ask an attorney general questions related to the topic of the week. To seek representation for your specific issue, please call the NCLC intake line at 877-236-0730.
Improving Access to Food & Nutrition
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne piloted new strategies to offer safe cooking and nutrition lessons.
Foundation Update:
Five Our HEALing Kitchen Grantees
Test COVID-Safe Teaching Strategies
The Our HEALing Kitchen cooking and nutrition classes will be continued at five sites this summer, after they creatively identified COVID-safe strategies to offer the programs. These sites are:

  1. A Mother’s Hope Homeless Shelter for Pregnant Women
  2. Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne - Fairfield Location
  3. Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministry Center
  4. Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA
  5. Trinity United Methodist Church

Laura Dwire, Community Programs Manager of the St. Joe Foundation, advised the program will be offered in a variety of delivery methods to determine what are most effective, what safety precautions are needed, and how the HEAL Coalition can assist and improve the classes for Fall grantees. Classes can be taught by video, live, or remotely. If classes are live, 6' spacing is required, as well as individual work stations. 
Valerie Magana, Director of Grant Administration and Implementation at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne shared, “The kids still love the class even though it is a little different. The members all wear masks and gloves. They are socially distanced during the class, and only a couple of members are in the kitchen at a time, and then they rotate." 
HEAL Markets are open through September and double the value of WIC and Senior Produce Vouchers and SNAP purchases. Wear a mask and follow social distancing instructions.
McCormick Place
3005 McCormick Ave.
Parkview Greenhouse and Learning Kitchen
1716 Beacon St.
South Side Farmers Market
3300 Warsaw St.
Responding to Community Needs with Grants
Two of St. Joe Foundation's 2019 grantees included Women's Care Center (left) and Super Shot (right).
Foundation Update:
Fall Grants Deadline: September 1
The St. Joe Foundation is again seeking proposals to improve the health and wellness of low-income, vulnerable populations in Allen County. Grant applications must advance the vision of the St. Joe Foundation in one of the four key impact areas: pregnant women and infants; refugees and immigrants; those struggling with access to affordable, nutritious food; and access to quality, affordable healthcare for unresourced populations in Allen County. Grant applicants are encouraged to become acquainted with the impact areas by visiting the website or clicking below on "What We Fund". Ideas can also be discussed with Foundation staff to affirm compatibility. The fall application deadline is September 1, 2020.
Strengthening the Board of Directors' Expertise
New board members:
(Top, Left to Right) Dr. Thomas Kintanar, Dr. Deborah McMahan, Dr. Lora Overton, Mary Hess
(Bottom, Left to Right) Sr. Loretta Schleper, Kevin Noll, Desiree Koger-Gustafson
Foundation Update:
Seven New Board Members Announced
The St. Joe Foundation welcomes four new Board Members and three returning Emeritus Members who will start in September. These individuals bring valuable knowledge and expertise to our Board of Directors, steering the Foundation to collaborate with its community partners in serving vulnerable populations with dignity. This is an opportunity to continue and expand current working relationships, and begin new ones as well. We look forward to many years together!

  • Mary Hess, RN – Director of Health and Wellness at Fort Wayne Community Schools Health Services; St. Joe Foundation Emeritus Board Member (Returning)
  • Tom Kintanar, MD – Family Medicine at Lutheran Health Physicians; headed the Medical team at St. Joseph Hospital
  • Desiree Koger-Gustafson, Attorney Law – Chief Deputy Clerk at Allen County Circuit and Superior Courts; Immigration Attorney; former Director/Attorney of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic Fort Wayne Office
  • Deborah McMahan, MD – Former Allen County Health Commissioner; St. Joe Foundation Emeritus Board Member (Returning)
  • Kevin Noll, AIF, C(K)P – Senior Vice President, Retirement Plan Services Manager at Old National Bank; St. Joe Foundation Emeritus Board Member (Returning)
  • Lora Overton, MD – Professor at Ivy Tech Community College; Medical Advisor for St. Joe Foundation’s Prenatal & Infant Care Network
  • Sr. Loretta Schleper, PHJC – Director of Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Social Justice Ministry
Investing in our Community
There is still time to complete the 2020 Census

As of July 14th, 2020 Fort Wayne’s Response Rate was 67.6%.
Your help is needed to reach 100%!

Complete your Census form at: 2020census.gov
 A ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.