CAMDEN, NJ — Project H.O.P.E., a health center in Camden, announced this week a series of roughly $288,000 in grants that will help it continue to treat the city’s underserved communities most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The most recent award of $183,000 announced Wednesday came courtesy of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Whitney Miller, Communications Manager at Project H.O.P.E., told TAPinto Camden. 

“Like all clinical organizations, we’ve had to adapt to continue to safely provide our patients with the care they need and deserve,” said Patricia DeShields, Project H.O.P.E.’s chief executive officer and executive director.

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 “Those adaptations have been costly, however, and this additional funding makes sure our community’s most vulnerable patients will have access to excellent primary care throughout this unprecedented emergency,” she added.

A total of approximately $105,000 in grant awards were announced Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the HRSA, awarded Project H.O.P.E $53,000 for coronavirus supplemental funding. 

The PHL-COVID19 Fund, which was organized by the city of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey awarded the health center $37,000, “to ensure Project H.O.P.E. has critical resources available to continue to provide care to patients in the Camden community.”

In addition, the WSFS Community Foundation awarded Project H.O.P.E $5,000 and the TD Bank Ready Commitment initiative awarded it $10,000.

The center, which serves the city of Camden but also the region at large, said it will use the awards to address screening and testing needs, distribute patient care packages and acquire medical supplies including personal protective equipment (or PPE) for clinical staff. 

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