St. Charles announces fall funding recipients

POSTED: 8:32 AM PST December 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:12 AM PDT October 16, 2013 
BEND, Ore. -

St. Charles Health System is awarding about $50,000 to 10 Central Oregon nonprofits whose missions are to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

The largest award — for $10,000 — was given to the Bethlehem Inn, which serves as Central Oregon’s only emergency shelter, providing critical housing services for adults and children experiencing homelessness.

The organization will use the funding to support its case management program, which helps residents receive cost-effective, preventive health care.

The need for the Bethlehem Inn’s services has expanded in correlation with the region’s significant economic challenges. Over the last two years, the shelter provided housing for about 1,600 adults and children.

“We know that the basic necessities of housing and food in conjunction with solid case management can empower our residents to transition back to a life of self-sufficiency,” said Bethlehem Inn Executive Director Gwenn Wysling.

Other organizations awarded funding include:

“St. Charles is committed to working with its local nonprofit partners to improve the lives of the underserved residents of Central Oregon,” said Alisha Fehrenbacher, director of strategic improvement. “We are fortunate to live in a community where organizations like these are working toward the benefit of those who need it most.”

For information about the St. Charles Community Benefit funding cycles, visit