Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente as part of the non-profit health organization’s Thrive Local Initiative Capacity Development Program.
The funding will support CAPSBC’s Mobile Offices which are designed to increase access to CAPSBC’s services for low-income residents in rural and remote areas of San Bernardino County. The goal of the program is to close service gaps and improve health outcomes for vulnerable individuals in our communities.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPSBC began mobilizing its existing programs to enable individuals and families experiencing transportation barriers to access key services by designing mobile units that can bring the services to the people. The agency launched a Mobile Shower/Laundry Unit and a Mobile Food Pantry in 2022, and both units have been deployed throughout San Bernardino County.
“We are excited to be the recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Local Initiative Capacity Development grant that will allow us to serve more individuals and families through our Mobile Offices,” said Patricia Nickols-Butler, Chief Executive Officer for Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County. “In 2023, we will roll out our mobile fleet to create better access to services for all communities in our county. CAPSBC’s mission of serving low-income individuals and families across San Bernardino County is aligned with Kaiser Permanente’s Common Areas of Focus that include housing, food security, and economic opportunity. We are extremely grateful for our long-standing partnership and their financial support to help us sustain critical programs and services.”
“Kaiser Permanente strives to help eliminate health disparities and build healthier communities,” said Georgina Garcia, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Area. “This grant to Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County along with these innovative mobile units will provide much-needed services to under-served populations in San Bernardino County.”
In 2022, CAPSBC was able to secure funding to purchase two RVs that were converted into mobile offices to provide better access to services such as food, transportation, rental/mortgage, and motel assistance, free tax preparation services, and utility (gas, electric, water) assistance. The CAPSBC Mobile Offices will be deployed to vulnerable communities where residents lack the resources to travel to the agency’s main office located in San Bernardino, or those who do not have access to technology to complete online applications for assistance.
About Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is the designated Community Action Agency for San Bernardino County and is charged with providing programs and services for over 800,000 low-income individuals and families to help lift them out of poverty. CAPSBC has been serving San Bernardino County since 1965. CAPSBC provides resources and opportunities to low-income residents to improve their lives, contribute to their communities, and offer a return on investment for our county. Core programs include Family Development, Energy, Education and Environmental Services and the Food Bank.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading healthcare providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. For more information, go to about.kp.org.