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
January 27, 2021
Poverty in South Carolina ranks among the highest in the United States. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina works to address the root causes of poverty and its effects in South Carolina “through action, advocacy, and leadership.” The foundation has released a comprehensive report about poverty in South Carolina. Titled "South Carolina: Structural Factors Associated with Poverty," the report presents findings from research that quantitatively assesses the factors that contribute to poverty throughout the state.
January 12, 2021
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood annually honors Central Neighborhood residents and staff who help partnering organizations fulfill their missions and make significant contributions to the vibrancy of the neighborhood. The Promise Neighborhood recently held a virtual community meeting and celebration to honor the 2020 Champions of Central. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is the lead partner of the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood.
January 11, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards nearly $1.8 million in 2020 as pandemic demands innovative response
The board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recently approved its fourth-quarter grant docket, bringing total grant awards for 2020 to $1,785,708.87. Investments in 2020 went almost entirely toward helping grantees mitigate the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its strategic focus areas of ending homelessness, supporting Catholic sister ministries and strengthening the Central neighborhood, SOCF saw the challenges brought on by COVID-19, especially as much of this work relies on collaboration and community.
January 5, 2021
Crain's Cleveland Business names SCHS CEO to "Power 150" list of those leading some of Northeast Ohio’s most influential organizations
Crain's Cleveland Business has named Thomas Strauss, Sisters of Charity Health System president and CEO and Mercy Medical Center interim CEO, to its "Power 150" list. On behalf of our health system and our many ministries, we celebrate the contributions of Tom and all on the Crain's Cleveland Business "Power 150" list of Northeast Ohio’s most influential organizations and who are in a position to move the region forward.
December 30, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland podcast recalls legacy of Churchwomen murdered in El Salvador
In the December podcast episode of Generative Spirits, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland recognizes and remembers the 40th anniversary of the murder of four Churchwomen in El Salvador: Catholic Sisters Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke, and laywoman Jean Donovan. The women served in El Salvador during a time of great political unrest. Through the podcasts, Generative Spirits: Conversations with Catholic Sisters, foundation staff have found new ways for sisters to tell the stories of their work in Northeast Ohio.
December 28, 2020
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland president named a YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Achievement for 2021
Susanna Krey, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and senior vice president of the Sisters of Charity Health System, has been named a YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Achievement for 2021. She is one of eight women in Northeast Ohio selected to receive the Woman of Achievement Award at a virtual celebration event on May 21, 2021.
December 17, 2020
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has promoted Joseph Black to the role of program officer, health equity. In this new role, Black will support the foundation’s efforts to achieve better health outcomes for Central Neighborhood families as related to the social determinants of health, specifically neighborhood safety, police-community relations and social capital.