Since 2017, Kaiser Permanente has invested more than $13 million dollars as part of its long-term commitment to help rebuild and support wildfire and flood recovery efforts. We acknowledge the importance of basic needs, such as housing, education, and mental health support, in the long-term health and viability of our community. This is why we are prioritizing essential needs of the communities we support at a neighborhood level.
Kaiser Permanente’s community health funding is addressing housing, economic security, community infrastructure, and mental health and wellness needs. Here are a few examples of the nearly 40 projects to date:
Burbank Housing supports affordable senior housing at the Journey’s End site
Catholic Charites for the Caritas Village emergency homeless shelter
UndocuFund provides funding for eligible undocumented Sonoma County residents affected by fires and floods to pay for essential expenses
United Way of the Wine Country for assistance to residents impacted by the Kincade fire
Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation to assist low-income farm workers economically impacted by fires
Coffey Strong for rebuilding the community park in the Coffey Park neighborhood (note: the funding went through the Sonoma County Parks Foundation)
County of Sonoma to extend Crisis Counseling Program for fire victims
Santa Rosa City Schools for funding of the mental health services for children and families when the school district is not open
Santa Rosa Community Health Centers for funding the Sonoma County
Resilience Initiative expanding for mental health groups in English and Spanish While most of our recent Fire Recovery support has landed in Sonoma County due to the extraordinary need, community health funding also continues throughout the year in San Rafael and Marin County. We would particularly like to acknowledge the efforts of our Marin County colleagues as their consistent support has made our crisis-driven efforts in Sonoma County possible.