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Camillus House awarded $100,000 grant

Funds to help the homeless with addiction and mental health issues

Members of Camillus House and the Simply Healthcare Foundation gather Oct. 4 for presentation of a $ 100,000 grant to fight opioid addiction and mental health problems among the homeless.

Photographer: Christine Perez

Members of Camillus House and the Simply Healthcare Foundation gather Oct. 4 for presentation of a $ 100,000 grant to fight opioid addiction and mental health problems among the homeless.

MIAMI | Camillus House has received a $100,000 grant from the Simply Healthcare Foundation to support its Institute of Success and Personal Achievement (ISPA) Program.

Hilda M. Fernandez, CEO of Camillus House, said the grant would serve twin goals of combating mental illnesses and opioid addiction among the homeless.

“Camillus is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Simply Healthcare Foundation to help our brothers and sisters in need,” Fernandez said.

To celebrate the gift, leaders of the Simply Healthcare Foundation joined Camillus House on Oct. 4 for a formal check presentation. The two groups also joined in serving lunch to homeless guests at Camillus.

The goal of ISPA services is to improve the lives of persons who are homeless and suffering from mental health, substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders while guiding them toward living stable and self-sufficient lives.

ISPA incorporates self-help philosophies with clinical expertise, combining individual and group therapy, work training, and activities that build social skills. Throughout treatment, participants are taught to develop a network of support systems including therapy groups, a structured living environment, referrals to external services providers, and restored family connections.

Clients are provided with a full array of case management, counseling and psychiatric services. They are encouraged to obtain employment, laying the foundation for a structured lifestyle.

Camillus House has provided humanitarian services to the poor and homeless in Miami-Dade County since 1960. As a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Camillus House was originally established to serve Cuban exiles.

From its humble beginning as a small soup kitchen, Camillus has grown into a full-service organization offering a comprehensive system of care including food, clothing, emergency, transitional and permanent housing, physical and mental health care, and substance abuse treatment.

Simply Healthcare Plans Inc. is a Florida-licensed HMO with health plans for people in Medicaid and/or Medicare programs. Simply Healthcare Plans and its affiliates, Better Health and Clear Health Alliance, serve more than 700,000 Medicare and Medicaid members in 60 Florida counties.

Simply Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc. Together with local, regional and national organizations, Simply Healthcare Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem and its affiliated health plans serve.

Comments from readers

George Powers - 10/10/2018 11:51 AM
In the article related to Camillus House it stated " As a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, camillus House was established to serve Cuban exiles". Camillus House was founded by Brother Mathias,Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd. It was founded to serve the poor. A good resource book on Brother Mathias is: Brother Mathias founder of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd by Carol N Lovoto. Sincerely Yours, George L Powers ( former Little Brother of the Good Shepherd}

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