Tue 15 February 2022 11:50 am

Hilbert College received a $523,625 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. This grant surpassed last year’s grant from the foundation ($500,000) and is the largest foundation grant in Hilbert’s history. The funding will be used to continue to support the Franciscan Advocacy & Resource Center at Hilbert, which helps students overcome life’s challenges and supports and builds their ability to transition and thrive in their educational settings and beyond.

“This is a very important day for Hilbert College,” said President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D. “I am extremely grateful to the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for this record-breaking grant. The continued support for the Franciscan Advocacy & Resource Center at Hilbert will continue to be truly transformative for the students we serve and the community at large.

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation CEO Monsignor Gregory Mustaciuolo said, “After nearly two years of recovery from a pandemic that has hit vulnerable populations the hardest, we must continue to address the challenges facing communities across the country. New York State faces: food and housing insecurity; lack of access to basic health care, including vaccines; lack of equity within the health professions; and racial and economic disparities in health care have worsened during COVID-19. We must continue to support the full range of services that contribute to the health of individuals and communities.

Led by Director Jeff Papia, Vice President of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry, the center focuses on mental health and wellness; student accessibility, success and retention; campus ministry outreach; defense of students’ rights; and collaborative learning and community building.

A press release noted, “This funding will continue to strengthen our diversity and inclusion initiatives at Hilbert, address food insecurity, provide emergency funding and scholarships, and support commuting. Hawk Express. Additional services and support will be provided this year for mental health, accessibility and retention initiatives. Visit www.hilbert.edu.

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers, strengthen health outcomes for vulnerable communities, remove barriers to care, and address gaps in health services. Named after a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation funds programs and initiatives across New York State that provide direct health care services or address the determinants social health. For more information, visit https://www.cabrinihealth.org/.

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