Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) is awarding $705,900 to eight nonprofit organizations supporting the health and well-being of residents of Comal County.

BHFSA will provide a capital grant of $250,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank, Inc., to assist in the building of the New Braunfels Food Bank, serving Comal and Guadalupe Counties. Faith Family Clinic, which provides health and wellness services to the working uninsured and under-insured, will receive $200,000 to expand its services into New Braunfels.

Other recipients include the Bulverde Senior Center ($100,000); the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Foundation ($58,400); the Children’s Advocacy Center of Comal County, Inc. ($50,000); Oakwood Baptist Church ($25,000); St. Jude’s Ranch for Children — Texas Region ($15,000); and The Gabriel Project ($7,500).

“As the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of communities in Comal County continue to increase, our Trustees understood that most local health-related organizations are in desperate need of financial undergirding, and we are humbled and honored that we could make a difference with our 2014 grants,” said Cody Knowlton, President and CEO of BHFSA.

The recipients were announced as part of BHFSA’s 2014 grant awards, which will provide a total of $5,971,050 in funding to 73 area organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of communities in eight South Texas counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties.

Since their first grants in 2005, Baptist Health Foundation — in conjunction with the former Baptist Health Services Foundation — has awarded 705 health-related grants totaling $48,813,002 to organizations in its eight-county region.

“Knowing this is God’s money, our Trustees are pleased to continue making an important impact in the lives of our area residents,” Knowlton said. “To God be the Glory as we salute these dedicated groups for helping the Foundation accomplish its mission of improving the health of our community by fostering and funding clinical, educational, spiritual and scientific initiatives while honoring God and our Baptist heritage.”

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio was established in September 2004 from sale proceeds of the Baptist Health System to Vanguard Health Systems of Nashville, TN.

The Foundation is committed to improving the health of the community by fostering and funding clinical, educational, spiritual and scientific initiatives while honoring God and the Baptist heritage.

For more information visit the Foundation online at www.bhfsa.org.

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