EMPLOYEE HARDSHIP FUND
A vital part of Ozarks New Hope's mission is to serve healthcare employees. Ozarks New Hope recognizes that healthcare employees may experience hardships that require emergency financial assistance. The Employee Hardship Fund (EHF) is a program available to assist eligible healthcare employees experiencing a personal financial emergency hardship, who have exhausted all other means for obtaining the needed resources. A hardship is defined as an event that is a non-recurring, sudden, unexpected and/or critical event such as a family crisis, an acute illness, or a natural disaster. An application is required for consideration.
If a healthcare employee has applied and been awarded the maximum amount of funds available through the Employee Hardship Fund (EHF), but continues to experience hardship, individuals can apply to partner with Ozarks New Hope to organize fundraising efforts on the employee’s behalf.
All applications for the Employee Hardship Fund and Employee Hardship Fundraising partnership program are reviewed by the employee hardship fund committee for approval. Please reach out to Ozarks New Hope for information on program guidelines, funding limitations and/or for an application for either of these programs.
ANNUAL REPORT ARCHIVES
MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
Ozarks New Hope is committed to doing our part to help with the mental health crisis. We have committed to the stigma free pledge through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We are partnering with Ozarks Community Hospital to develop an initiative focused on mental health for all OCH employees. We are partnering with organizations in our communities in order to increase mental health related resources and access to mental health related information and services. Throughout 2022, we are developing and disseminating Education, Tools & Information for healthcare employees and the general public.
Mental health struggles are common (one in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year). Mental health is a critical component of total health for all of us. When it comes to mental health, each person’s experience is unique. When a person is struggling, it may not be evident from the outside. Just like physical health, maintaining one’s mental health is an ongoing part of everyday life. It is time that we start talking more about mental health, eliminate stigmas, and make mental health a priority.
If you are struggling, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We ask you to join us in the fight for mental health. Together, we can start to understand that we are not alone, work to see the person, not the condition, take care of ourselves, and help the people we care about reach out and get any help that they may need.
Beginning in 2018, ONH began sponsoring a free annual youth suicide awareness event. Start the Conversation uses mental health professionals to educate about depression and anxiety, and the warning signs and prevention measures for youth suicide. This information is given against a backdrop of great music provided by local bands. Attendees also receive free concessions and a free t-shirt.
SUPPLY, EQUIPMENT, AND SOFTWARE ACQUISITION
Ozarks New Hope coordinates an ongoing program to help healthcare facilities obtain needed supplies, equipment, and software. For more information, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ozarks New Hope provides ongoing support to Ozarks Community Hospital's Neighbors' Pantry program. The pantry provides support to patients who are in need. In 2021, the Pantry was able to keep its shelves stocked with food and hygiene items for people who needed a little extra help in between paychecks or food stamp deposits. The pantry provided prescription assistance and gas cards for those who could not afford the trip to his/her medical provider. “One of our biggest inquiries were Blood pressure cuffs by providers for their patients. We tried to keep some in stock, however they did not last long. Some miscellaneous things such as orthopedic shoes, various medical supplies, and bus passes were also purchased for patients. Without the donations we receive, we would not be able to help patients with much needed resources to thrive, let alone, concentrate on his/her health.” –Michelle Saffeels, Ozarks Community Hospital. As a part of this program, Ozarks New Hope also partners with Diaper Bank of the Ozarks to help provide diapers to patients in need.
ASSISTANCE TO HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS AND HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES (AS NEEDED)
Ozarks New Hope accepts applications for assistance on an ongoing basis from healthcare organizations, organizations providing a health related service, and healthcare employees who are in need of assistance. For example, Ozarks New Hope provided CPR equipment to an organization to be used for CPR training, supplies for a nursing home during the pandemic and following a storm, and medical training supplies for a clinic working to provide additional and improved services to its patients. For more information, please reach out at email@example.com.
GRANT WRITING AND FUNDING APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
Ozarks New Hope's Executive Director has assisted with grant writing and funding related applications, as well as grant management for organizations that fall within our mission. For more information, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MY TYME PROGRAM
Ozarks New Hope coordinates a program in conjunction with the Rogersville public school district and Ozarks Community Hospital that provides group therapy, activities and education for school-aged children with ADD/ADHD to use in social settings, school and at home. Program goals including helping these children develop conflict resolution and coping skills, confidence and self esteem. Resources are also provided to parents. The program primarily focuses on children with ADHD, but will also extend to any child 5-18 that needs an outlet for communication or behavioral needs, with or without a prior diagnosis, especially during the time of pandemic. Funding for this program is being provided by a grant received from the Rogersville ROHI Grantmaking Program through Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
NUTRITION EQUALITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (NEAP)
Ozarks New Hope, in collaboration with Webb City Farmers Market and the Ozarks Community Hospital Webb City Clinic kicked off our Nutrition Equality Assistance Program (NEAP) on January 22, 2022. This program provides assistance with obtaining fresh produce for individuals, recommended to us by their provider. During our kickoff, we gave some education on the benefits of eating fresh as opposed to processed foods and also some benefits and recipes with the week's star ingredient kale. Rachael Lynch, Farmers Market Manager, provided some suggestions for use of kale and demonstrated how to prepare a simple massaged kale salad. The participants then made their own dish and took it home along with their weekly produce. We look forward to seeing the benefits this offers and appreciate the involvement of OCH and the Webb City Farmers Market.