Sandra Pérez of Catholic Charities speaks with a mother to assess needs after major fires in Southern Oregon. Providence has given $175,000 from its System Equity Funds to local Latino advocacy groups to improve COVID-19 education, testing, and vaccination efforts. (Courtesy Catholic Charities).
Sandra Pérez of Catholic Charities speaks with a mother to assess needs after major fires in Southern Oregon. Providence has given $175,000 from its System Equity Funds to local Latino advocacy groups to improve COVID-19 education, testing, and vaccination efforts. (Courtesy Catholic Charities).
Providence Health and Services has awarded grant money to provide better access to COVID-19 resources for Oregon’s Latino community and to help those facing homelessness due to last year’s wildfires.

Providence has given $175,000 from its System Equity Funds to local Latino advocacy groups to improve COVID-19 education, testing, and vaccination efforts. Recipients include La Clinica in Medford and Virginia Garcia in the Portland area.

Providence has also given $120,000 to Project Turnkey, a statewide initiative to help people experiencing homelessness. In Medford, Providence has partnered with Rogue Retreat, a homeless assistance organization, to renovate and repurpose the Redwood Inn. Organizers are prioritizing southern Oregon residents who lost their homes in the Almeda Fire. Residents will begin moving into the 47-room motel this summer.

“Providence believes health is a human right, and good health starts with a safe, and stable place to call home,” said Dr. Joe Ichter, director of community health investment for Providence in Oregon. “Both grants support programs that make our communities safer and healthier.”