Premera Awards $500,000 in Grants to Yakima County Nonprofits

  • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. — (December 13, 2018) — Premera Blue Cross, a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced $500,000 in grants to Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Yakima and Transform Yakima. Premera Social Impact Program, which launched in 2017, focuses on awarding grants to organizations that support behavioral health solutions, particularly in underserved communities.

    “These programs are among the leaders in our area in making a difference in the lives of individuals and families,” said Gloris Estrella, of Premera Social Impact. “They, like us, are working toward a healthier community by providing services and resources to some of Yakima County’s most vulnerable.”

    Catholic Charities of the Dioceses of Yakima will receive $400,000 over two years to support Pathways to Hope, which teaches youth how to navigate systems and practice financial stewardship. Youth (18-24) are taught housing and life skills, while given emotional support to finish high school or earn a GED.

    The grant will support critical connections to behavioral health services while helping youth build a support system through family engagement. The combination of housing, trauma-focused case management, behavioral health interventions and family engagement will enhance a youth’s ability to maintain long lasting well-being and break the cycle of chronic homelessness.

    Transform Yakima Together will receive $100,000 to support care management and trauma-informed mentoring at Camp Hope, their low-barrier emergency shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Yakima County. The grant will increase equitable access to primary care and mental health resources for guests living in their outdoor managed encampment.

    To learn more about Premera Social Impact, read the company’s community giving report.

    About Premera Blue Cross

    Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 2 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.

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    Bo Jungmayer
    Premera Blue Cross