Hilbert College was awarded a $500,000 grant from Mother Cabrini Health Foundation early this year.
This is the largest foundation grant in Hilbert’s history and will be used to create the Hilbert Franciscan Advocacy & Resource Center. This new center will be used to help students overcome life issues and support their ability to transition and thrive in an educational setting.
“I am extremely grateful to The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation for this record-setting grant. The creation of this new Franciscan Advocacy & Resource Center at Hilbert will truly be transformative for the students we serve and the community at large.” Hilbert President Michael S. Brophy Ph.D. said in a prepared statement
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation was created to honor of Mother Cabrini, a nun who worked with the poor in 19th century New York City, and continue her legacy of helping those in need.
“We intend these grants to have a significant impact in ameliorating food insecurity, helping providers as they deliver care and services in this challenging environment, offering mental health services, and sustaining other essential resources,” said Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Mother Cabrini Health foundation in the statement.
This new center will be led by Jeffery Papia, Vice President of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry. The creation of the Center will include five separate intervention strategies to ensure student success. These interventions include:
- Wellness Center
- SOAR: Success, opportunity, Advising, and Retention
- Campus Ministry Outreach Program
- Adult Services Initiative
- Learning commons
This grant will also support the creation of a new position to support diversity and inclusion initiatives at Hilbert.