Quality Child Care
A long-term initiative to improve early education and child care has helped to increase the number of nationally accredited child care centers from one to more than 50 in Stark County. The county was later chosen as one of eight U.S. sites to receive a $5 million SPARK Initiative grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton planning and overseeing efforts to prepare three- to six-year-olds for school.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Learn more at scfcanton.org.
Since 2001, the Stark Prescription Assistance Network of funders, social service agencies and health care providers has helped the uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid/Medicare population in Stark County obtain needed medications. This program has achieved more than $3 million in savings by identifying free or discounted drugs for people in need.
The Bethlehem Project improves access to dental care services for low-income children and their families via home visitations and case management to at-risk children up to three years of age. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton also worked with Mercy Medical Center to launch the hospital’s General Practice Residency in Dentistry and Dental Clinic that opened in 2007.
Based upon Gospel values, Catholic social teaching and the congregation's mission and beliefs as they are related to major societal challenges, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has directed their foundations to confront key issues that impact the poor and underserved.
Therefore, the three Sisters of Charity Foundations remain committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.
Recent Blog Posts
October 19, 2021
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 140,000 children lost a caregiver or parent due to pandemic-related causes. So where do those children go? Some of them could end up in the foster care system. But that system is already strained and facing new challenges because of COVID-19. What has the pandemic meant for the state of foster care? Kai Cotton, youth navigator at A Place 4 Me, spoke to WAMU's "1A" about her experience working with young people who have aged out of the foster care system and the many barriers to their growth and well-being. The Sisters
October 1, 2021
Catholic Health World features Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland in cover story about gathering community input to inform creation of a health campus
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland in June announced plans to create a health campus in the city’s Central neighborhood, aiming to build up medical and social services around St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. In its October 1 issue, Catholic Health World features the foundation in a cover story about its work to invest in the neighborhood and gather input and ideas to create the health campus to advance health and healing.
September 23, 2021
When the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton started operating the SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) kindergarten readiness program in 2003, it was serving 140 children living in one urban and one rural community in Stark County. Today, the children that were part of that first SPARK program are no longer children at all—in fact, they’re turning 21 and 22 this year. To date, more than 16,000 children from 22 school districts within nine Ohio counties have been impacted by the program.
September 14, 2021
Generative Spirits podcast from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland discusses commitment to El Salvador
The Diocese of Cleveland has had a connection to El Salvador since it sent priests, nuns and lay volunteers to the country in 1964 to assist dioceses and support parish life in countries where there was a need for more ministers. COAR, the Community of St. Oscar A. Romero, was founded in 1980 as an orphanage by a Cleveland Diocese Mission Team priest during El Salvador’s civil war. Today, COAR Children’s Village continues its mission to serve vulnerable children and the community with foster care for 50-100 children; schooling for 1,000 children; and, a clinic, pharmacy and other services for
September 7, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland introduces second class of Generative Spirit's Ministry Leadership Program
The pursuit of spirituality, purpose and a commitment to mission-based work are common among today’s young professionals. Catholic sisters, who have dedicated their lives to service and mission, have decades of experience and knowledge to share. The latest iteration of the Ministry Leadership Program at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland will connect these groups in an effort to inspire emerging leaders to carry forward sisters’ unique approach to ministry and strengthen sisters’ capacity to serve as mentors and advisers.
September 2, 2021
Health System and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland partner with United Way and local hospitals and insurers to bring health innovation to Clevelanders
United Way of Greater Cleveland, The Rose Centers for Aging Well, the Sisters of Charity Health System, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and nine other hospital and health insurance partners have announced the launch of the Collaborative Investments + Health program. The program is an innovative and sustainable investment strategy that brings together hospital networks, Medicaid managed care providers and other stakeholders to collaborate on and lead programs designed to improve the lives of Clevelanders. The first six-month pilot will support Nutrition Solution, an expanded home-delivered meal service that combines medically tailored meals (MTMs), nutrition education and weekly
August 27, 2021
Conversations with Catholic Sisters podcast from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland explores looking within to find spirituality in solitude
For some people, it’s scary to quiet the outside world and look within. “But that's where all the answers are,” said Sister Cheryl Rose, HM. “That's where the peace is. That's where the joy is. That's where the answer is to every question you have.” The newest Generative Spirits podcast from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland encourages listeners to look inside and find spirituality in solitude.