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Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

SAN DIEGO – Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund, a foundation supporting health-related services for underserved children in San Diego and Imperial Counties, has awarded $210,150 to 18 area nonprofit agencies through its 2017 grant funding cycle.

Rest Haven has undergone a competitive request for proposal process each year since 2008, averaging $200,000 in annual giving. Through this process, the foundation has now awarded a total of $1,826,861 in the form of special one-time grants to 44 different nonprofit agencies who share its children’s health mission. This year, six of the selected nonprofit agencies (indicated with *) were first-time recipients.

The 2017 grant recipients include:

  • Center for Community Solutions*

  • Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo Inc.

  • Community Resource Center*

  • Emilio Nares Foundation

  • Home Start Inc.*

  • Imperial Valley Food Bank

  • Mountain Health Community Services

  • Neighborhood House Association

  • Palomar Family Counseling Service Inc.*

  • Promises2Kids

  • Ramona Unified School District*

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego

  • San Diego Center for Children*

  • San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition

  • San Ysidro Health Center

  • United Cerebral Palsy

  • Vista Community Clinic

  • YMCA Youth & Family Services

Rest Haven will host its first ever Open House on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyone who is a service provider to underserved children in the San Diego and Imperial Counties is invited to attend and learn more about Rest Haven. More information is available at RSVP to Peggy McNamara at or (858) 576-0590.

Rest Haven’s mission is to provide funds for health-related services for children in San Diego and Imperial Counties when no other funds are available. Each year, the board of directors invites local agencies and institutions to submit proposals requesting funding for identified children’s health needs in their communities. The one-time grants must be used to increase the organization’s capacity to provide healthcare to meet the physical, developmental and/or mental health needs of children ages zero through 17 years. Grants may also be awarded to agencies for the acquisition of vital medical equipment and supplies.

Rest Haven has been supporting the health of underserved children since its founding in San Diego in 1909. Rest Haven’s support later expanded to include children and agencies in Imperial County. Its funding is primarily designed to help children with healthcare needs when no other financial resources (private or public) are available. Funding assistance for individual children may be requested by a service provider through an online individual referral process. Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund has been operating under its current name since 1998.

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