• Partnering with purpose
    to elevate care

To deliver whole-person care, it takes a range of organizations working together across the continuum to meet each person’s unique care needs. That’s why we’re partnering with community care organizations across settings to empower care anywhere and everywhere people need it. The WellSky Foundation is proud to partner with local, regional, national, and international organizations boldly addressing the top socioeconomic challenges to lasting wellness.

Learn more about our WellSky Foundation partners and the exceptional work they do in their communities

Midland Care Connection

The WellSky Foundation’s inaugural recipient, Midland Care Connection is an integrated care provider with an over 40-year history of delivering hope, comfort, and support to seniors. Specializing in post-acute care, Midland Care delivers a range of services across the continuum — including hospice, home health, private duty, palliative care, adult day care, PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Meals on Wheels, and grief counseling services.

Through a $50,000 donation from the WellSky Foundation, Midland Care is renovating rooms at their inpatient hospice facility, the Midland Care Hospice House to ensure comfortable end-of-life care for people in the communities they serve. When Midland’s hospice house first opened nearly 20 years ago, it was the first inpatient hospice facility in the state of Kansas. Today, the facility has served over 6,100 patients and their families. The Midland Care Hospice House facility provides accessible, comfortable end-of-life care to patients who might otherwise experience a traumatic death in a hospital. Together, Midland Care Connection and the WellSky Foundation are creating a real and lasting impact for people and families when they need care most.

“With this generous gift from the WellSky Foundation, we are touching more lives. Our partnership will create a real, lasting impact in our community. At Midland Care, we respond to our community’s most challenging care needs by offering a continuum of services that meet individual needs with innovative solutions and ensure that people are met with hope, comfort, and support.”

“This gift allows us to provide enhancements to the hospice house and ensure grace and dignity for our loved ones and their families.”

Zach Ahrens, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Midland Care Connection

Hephzibah Children’s Association

In 2019, the WellSky Foundation awarded the Hephzibah Children’s Association $50,000 at WellSky’s annual conference, CareForum. The Hephzibah Children’s Association is a nonprofit an organization that helps children thrive and families flourish through innovative, community-based programs and services in the Chicago area.

Hephzibah will use the WellSky Foundation’s donation to support its residential programs at Hephzibah Home, which provides short- and long-term group housing to children ages 3 to 11 who have been removed from their homes due to extreme abuse and neglect.

Hephzibah’s residential programs are internationally recognized for ensuring successful outcomes for children who have faced severe abuse and neglect, disrupted adoptions, or challenges in foster care. Since the Hephzibah Home’s founding in 1992, the residence has provided safe, stable, and supportive housing for more than 1,000 children.

“We’re proud to partner with the WellSky Foundation to support Hephzibah Home and our therapeutic, academic, and enrichment programs that help children heal from trauma,” said Merry Beth Sheets, executive director of Hephzibah Children’s Association. “This generous gift will bring recovery, comfort, and stability to children who deserve every opportunity to grow and succeed.”

“This generous gift will bring recovery, comfort, and stability to children who deserve every opportunity to grow and succeed.”

Merry Beth Sheets, Executive Director of Hephzibah Children’s Association

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

The WellSky Foundation’s first 2020 recipient is Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF), a social outreach organization based in Austin, Texas that has earned national recognition for its innovative programs that restore dignity to people facing homelessness. MLF was gifted $50,000 to support their ongoing initiative —  Community First! Village – that builds community and delivers permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness.

MLF’s Community First! Village is a 51-acre master-planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for people coming out of homelessness. Since 2015, Community First! Village has uplifted more than 200 people off the streets and into stable housing.

The neighborhood currently includes over 200 microhomes and RVs, with an additional 300 homes under development, and offers its residents a range of amenities, such as an onsite medical clinic, laundry and restroom facilities, wellness and respite center, and community gardens. MLF takes a community-based approach to delivering housing and supportive services that address the individual needs of people experiencing homelessness.

 “Building empowered, supportive communities is vital to our mission of lifting our neighbors out of chronic homelessness. We firmly believe that providing housing alone won’t solve homelessness, but building communities will,” said Alan Graham, founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes. “Partnering with the WellSky Foundation means we can continue growing the programs we provide, strengthening our relationships with Community First! Village neighbors and helping more of our friends experiencing homelessness get the care, compassion, and community support they need to heal.”

“Partnering with the WellSky Foundation means we can continue growing the programs we provide… helping more [people] get the care, compassion, and community support they need to heal.”

— Alan Graham, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Loaves & Fishes

Uplift Organization, Inc.

The WellSky Foundation gifted $10,000 to Uplift Organization, Inc. — a Kansas-City-based nonprofit delivering care and compassion to people experiencing homelessness.

Uplift will use the donation to provide the people they serve with necessities, including meals, clothing, toiletries, bug spray, handwarmers, undergarments, sleeping bags, and more.

Uplift was founded in 1990 as a volunteer-run outreach program addressing homelessness. Today, the organization continues its commitment to serving its local community through volunteer efforts and donations from its neighbors.

“This generous gift from the WellSky Foundation will provide essential items to people experiencing homelessness in Kansas City and support our volunteers as they bring care and compassion directly to people in need.”

— Dan Schipfer, President and Volunteer, Uplift Organization, Inc.

Black Women’s Health Imperative

The WellSky Foundation contributed $50,000 to the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls. Through this donation, the WellSky Foundation is supporting Black women’s right to live happy, healthy, and long lives.

Every day, Black cis- and transgender women and girls face significant health inequities on the basis of their race and gender identity. Founded in 1983, the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) leads initiatives to address the range of systemic inequities affecting Black women in the U.S. healthcare system.

BWHI focuses on key issues impacting Black women’s health — including breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, maternal health, and reproductive health. BWHI is a catalyst for change through their range of programs, evidence-based strategies, and advocacy efforts on health policies.

“The movement for Black women’s health equity is both longstanding and ongoing. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still so much more we need to do together. We’re excited to collaborate with the WellSky Foundation as we work to achieve our vision of making optimal health a reality for more Black women and girls.”

— Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative

Meals on Wheels America

In 2020, the WellSky Foundation donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels America, a national leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the U.S. that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This donation establishes a new joint research project and partnership between the two organizations.

Through this donation, Meals on Wheels America will collaborate with the WellSky Foundation to conduct a pilot research project designed to assist healthcare organizations in supporting older adults, particularly those transitioning from acute care settings and those facing multiple chronic health conditions.

This research project will explore how partnerships between healthcare organizations and local Meals on Wheels programs can improve senior health outcomes. This new effort will expand upon earlier efforts by Meals on Wheels America to develop and scale a technology-based process for reporting and addressing changes in the physical or mental condition of people who receive home-delivered meals.

Meals on Wheels America and the WellSky Foundation are aligned in their efforts to better understand and address key social determinants of health (SDoH) — including food insecurity and social isolation — to support the overall wellbeing of people in need, particularly older adults. This latest collaboration reflects the WellSky Foundation’s ongoing commitment to helping more seniors safely remain in their homes, regardless of their individual circumstances.

“Meals on Wheels programs provide the nutritious food, vital services, and critical community connections that enable seniors to live safely and independently in their own homes. The insights we hope to gain by partnering with the WellSky Foundation in this pilot project will help us to identify additional opportunities to facilitate senior wellness during this [COVID-19] public health emergency and beyond.”

— Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

In December 2020, the WellSky Foundation announced its $50,000 gift to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for people and families grieving the death of military loved ones.

Founded in 1994, TAPS is a veterans service organization delivering a range of national and global support initiatives — including youth programs, survivor seminars for adults, peer mentorship, casework and benefits assistance, and counseling resources.

The 2020 holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that many people are experiencing new levels of isolation, and grief support is increasingly important for people facing loss. With support from the WellSky Foundation, TAPS will enhance its ability to provide military families access to its 24/7 national peer support network and connections to grief resources, at no cost to surviving families.

In addition to its many programs, TAPS also offers helpful tools for people and families outside of the military and veteran community who are facing loss amid the holiday season. Notably, the nonprofit has published a range of informative articles addressing grief — including a step-by-step guide on making a coping plan for the holidays, written by Carroll. This is one of many ways TAPS is addressing loneliness for its community. Additional support resources related to grief and COVID-19 are available at TAPS.org/covid/together.

“For families with an empty chair at the table, a loved one’s absence can become all the more apparent. This season, COVID-19 is magnifying that loneliness. That’s why we’re especially grateful to partner with the WellSky Foundation as we provide care and compassion to the people we serve.”

— Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder of TAPS

Second Wind Dreams

The WellSky Foundation has gifted $50,000 to Second Wind Dreams®, a nonprofit organization recognized worldwide for its Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) sensitivity training program. Founded in 1997, the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders through the fulfillment of dreams. 

Second Wind Dreams will use the funding to provide educational scholarships and training to caregivers in underserved elder care communities. These communities will have the opportunity to experience the VDT and the Dementia Aware Competency Evaluation (DACE®). VDT is an evidence-based program that allows caregivers to step directly into the viewpoint of their patients by temporarily altering their physical and sensory abilities, and mimics changes associated with cognitive deterioration.  

“It is our mission at Second Wind Dreams to change the perception of aging through our Dreams Program and our experiential dementia training,” said Gwenyth Johnson, CEO of Second Wind Dreams.  

Programs like VDT and DACE also contribute to Second Wind Dreams’ mission of providing educational tools to further develop caregivers’ skillsets and create career advancement opportunities. With a growing staffing shortage, having caregivers who are trained and supported is critical to ensuring long-term support of elder care communities. 

“The WellSky Foundation has provided a generous opportunity to take this mission and these programs to the medically, geographically, and socioeconomically underserved elder care communities. This partnership will allow us to support the delivery of empathic person-centered care and participate in building age friendly communities.”

— Gwenyth Johnson, CEO of Second Wind Dreams