The Blessing Foundation contributes to the financial stability of Blessing Health System and provides annual grants to improve the care we provide our community. For the fiscal year 2023, the Foundation had assets exceeding $80 million.
Commitment to Core Services: The Blessing Foundation Difference
The Blessing Foundation is committed to funding core services. If financial gifts don’t meet our goals or needs, or if an economic crisis affects Blessing’s income or donations, we may use our fund to support these services:
- Hospice and palliative care: We want people receiving hospice or palliative care to have no additional financial stress. The Blessing Foundation provides funding to people who need help paying bills and other household expenses while they are receiving these care services.
- Nursing scholarships: Students at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences are the future caregivers across the Blessing Health System. Scholarships, typically provided by individual donors, sometimes fall short of student needs. We can provide additional funding from our investments to ensure that our students complete their studies.
- Child care: We know how important affordable child care is to working parents. We want our caregivers to focus on the care they provide our patients. That’s why we subsidize quality child care for qualifying employees in need.
Support for Blessing Properties
The Blessing Foundation includes many Blessing properties as part of its real estate portfolio. We maintain and improve these facilities to provide the best healthcare to our community. Our properties include:
- East Adams Rural Health Clinic, Golden, IL
- Hamilton Warsaw Clinic, Warsaw, IL
- DaVita Dialysis, Hannibal, MO
- Mt. Sterling Clinic, Mount Sterling, IL
- Palmyra Clinic, Palmyra, MO
- Blessing Bariatric Institute and Kvitle Eye Care Associates, 1107 College St, Quincy, IL
- Blessing Health Center, 901 and 927 Broadway, Quincy, IL
- Blessing Health Keokuk Clinic, 1414 Main St., Keokuk, IA
- Oak Street Mall, 4917-5011 Oak St., Quincy, IL
Blessing Foundation Major Projects
The Foundation is always looking for ways to improve care provided to customers utilizing the Health System. Funds from the cash reserves help pay for patient care enhancements and programs. In 2023, the Foundation allocated $1,868,189 to major projects, including:
- PT, ST & OT Rehab Intern Program
- Bariatric Nursing Manikin
- Hospice Music Therapy
- Teaching Stocked Crash Cart
Blessing Foundation Highlight:
Helen J. Brown Memorial Fund
This fund was established in 1982 by Milton W. Brown upon his death, as a memorial to his wife. It consisted of a respectable dollar amount to fund crisis/needs for nursing students of Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Student recipients are limited to those who can be described as those in financial crisis or necessity for the five basic human needs: oxygen, water, food, shelter and sleep. Mr. Milton felt that it was necessary that funds be set aside to meet the extraordinary financial needs that occasionally overwhelm worthy students of the College.
"There are federal and state financial aid programs that address the problems of low income students and current institutional programs offer meaningful subsidy to these programs. There are a number of programs that assist and reward the particularly bright or distinguished students. What few institutions have is a program to respond to student financial needs when the usual resources are exhausted, tangled in bureaucratic impotence, or so restricted as to not apply to needs such as, but not limited to, catastrophic illness, major loss of family income, or anticipated loss of housing," wrote Mr. Brown in his estate.
The Helen Brown Fund today assists students with medication costs, rent, a car payment, gasoline cards, electric bills, shoes, and groceries, to name a few.
Our online donation form makes it easy to choose a fund and make a gift in your name or in honor of a loved one. Make a donation today. If you would prefer to mail your donation, send it to the address below:
4939 Oak Street
PO Box 7005
Quincy, Illinois 62305-7005
For more information about the Blessing Foundation or to discuss a donation or gift, call (217) 223-8400, ext. 4800, or email us at email@example.com. Correspondence can also be sent to the address above.