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The Robert H. Spitz Foundation grant supports The Wright Center for Community Health’s Healthy MOMS program


The Wright Center for Community Health received a $5,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation in support of the collaborative Healthy MOMS Helping MOMS Out of Poverty program. The grant helps participants with the initial costs of paying for security deposits, rent, and utility bills so they can secure safe housing. Participating in the ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Frank Caputo, grants and communications coordinator, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Maria Kolcharno, director of addiction services and a leader of the Healthy MOMS program, and Marcella Garvin, lead case manager, Healthy MOMS program, The Wright Center for Community Health, and Brittany Pagnotti, communications manager, Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Wright Center for Community Health was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation in support of the collaborative Healthy Maternal Opiate Medical Support program (Healthy MOMS) that focuses on helping pregnant women and new mothers overcome addiction and embrace a life in recovery.

The grant will support working mothers in the Helping MOMS Out of Poverty (HOP) program who need help with initial costs of paying for security deposits, rent and utility bills to secure safe housing, an important step in maintaining their recovery and independently caring for their children. 

Healthy MOMS participants are offered a variety of necessary services that include medication-assisted treatment and addiction services, counseling, primary health care, OB-GYN care, parenting tips, legal advice and a range of other support programs. The program promotes the well-being of both mom and newborn, ideally engaging them in wrap-around services until the child turns two years old. 

Launched in 2018, the program serves Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. To date, Healthy MOMS has supported more than 300 mothers and 193 babies.

“We are grateful to the Robert H. Spitz Foundation for their financial support and the various community partnerships that enable our program to help two generations in our communities,” said Maria Kolcharno, the director of addiction services and a leader of the Healthy MOMS program at The Wright Center for Community Health. “The lack of affordable, safe housing continues to be a challenge for women enrolled in Healthy MOMS. This grant will help women in our program afford safe housing in which to raise their children and secure their future.” 

The Robert H. Spitz Foundation awards grants to registered nonprofit organizations that support initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeast Pennsylvania. Among the foundation’s four priority areas are “programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty, remove economic barriers, and encourage independence in adults and children through access to safe, affordable housing, transportation, education and other important issues.”

To date, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation has distributed more than $4.6 million in grants to the community. The Scranton Area Community Foundation has served as administrator of the foundation since 2016. Learn more at safdn.org. 

For more information about the Healthy MOMS program, call 570-955-7821 or visit HealthyMOMS.org

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