NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS GIVE $25,000 TO HELP FUND "HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS" IN NAPA
2/15/2000 - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) Board of Directors has approved a $25,000 gift to help fund a new multi-agency program, Health Care for the Homeless, in the city of Napa.
"This most recent gift is yet another expression of our deep commitment to social responsibility and caring for the well-being of all those who make Napa County their home," said NVV President Jack Stuart, general manager and winemaker at Silverado Vineyards.
The program, scheduled to open in the beginning of March, is a joint effort of the Community Health Clinic Olè, Napa's First United Methodist Church and the Napa Valley Shelter Project. Clinic Olè will coordinate the new clinic's health care services.
"Clinic Olè staff and providers are very excited about extending our services to the homeless. This clinic wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of the Napa Valley Wine Auction, Napa Valley Shelter Project and the United Methodist Church in downtown Napa," says Beatrice Bostick, executive director, Clinic Olè.
According to Bostick, Health Care for the Homeless will serve homeless individuals who have limited or no means of transportation to access medical service and who have no permanent housing, living either on the streets or who receive shelter through Napa County Council for Economic Opportunity's Napa Valley Shelter Project at Samaritan House or Sullivan Center.
She said the program will offer a clinic one day a week and is projected to serve up to 16 clients per week. All services will be provided in a space donated by First United Methodist Church, 625 Randolph Street, Napa.
In making this gift to Health Care for the Homeless, the NVV is allocating $25,000 from its Napa Valley Wine Auction Health Care Fund. The Health Care Fund is an account established and maintained by the NVWA to fund special projects and to ensure funding in case of a future shortfall in Auction proceeds. Each year a percentage of Auction proceeds are contributed to this fund.
This gift is the most recent in a series of grants announced by the NVV in recent months. In November 1999, the Napa Valley Vintners awarded $3 million in direct distributions from proceeds of the June Auction to 27 local non-profit organizations. Another $3 million was allocated from the Health Care Fund at that time to help finance the start-up costs and operation of the Napa Valley Vintners Health Care Center, located near Queen of the Valley Hospital. The Health Center will offer a permanent home to nonprofit agencies serving Napa's medically underserved.
The Napa Valley Vintners is a professional nonprofit trade organization representing 167 wineries in marketing and promotional activities throughout the U.S. and abroad. NVV maintains a website at www.napavintners.com and a year-round information hotline at 800/982-1371.