Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Mobile Unit Gets Boost with Cummings Foundation Grant

John M. Silva of Lawrence. president and CEO of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, center, celebrates with staff members. (Courtesy photograph.)

John M. Silva of Lawrence. president and CEO of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, center, celebrates with staff members. GLFHC was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation in support of its Mobile Health Unit, which provides health care to the homeless and under-insured in the Merrimack Valley. (Courtesy photograph.)

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to help support its Mobile Health Unit.

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s Mobile Health Unit treats homeless patients in the communities in which they live, delivering primary care and other specialized care to them that they might not otherwise be able to receive. It travels to sites in Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell and Tewksbury.

GLFHC President and CEO John M. Silva, said, “This funding will allow us to continue providing health care to our region’s most vulnerable—our homeless residents—and, at the same time, focus on expanding those services beyond the 1,000-plus patients we serve with our Mobile Health Unit.”

GLFHC is also one of 130 local nonprofits eligible to receive additional grant money through the Cummings Foundation’s $20 Million Grant Program. The organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.

The Cummings $20 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation's executive director, said “We have been impressed, but not surprised, by the myriad ways in which these 130 grant winners are serving their communities, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.” He added, "Their ability to adapt and work with their constituents in new and meaningful ways has an enormous impact in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work.”

The complete list of 130 grant winners is available at CummingsFoundation.org.

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