Compassionate Care Grants
The largest of our programs is a monetary grant application process where patients are consulted by Oncology Social Workers and Nurse Navigators regarding their needs. If the patient qualifies for a KCS grant, the application process is completed, signed off by the social work professional and delivered to KCS via mail or fax. These grants provide for defaulted rent or mortgage payments, utilities, co-pays, medical equipment and medications not covered by insurance, child care, and transportation. Annual household income for these patients averages between $18,000 and $19,000 which is under the Federal Poverty Line for a family of three. Grants average $500 and have rarely exceeded $1000 in dire emergencies. KCS dispenses an average of just under $60,000 in these grants per year. A sub-category of our grant program has been allocated to emergency dental work that is sometimes needed before a patient can begin their cancer treatment. Social workers refer via application and the patient is sent to one of three participating dental offices for evaluation. KCS will pay up to $500 of the out of pocket expenses incurred for emergent dental work, usually consisting of extraction and infection control.
Helping Hands Housekeeping
This program grants a minimum of eight hours of free housekeeping to those who are referred by Oncology Social Workers. These patients are so physically challenged from their cancer treatment that they are unable to keep up their homes in a cleanly manner and do not have family support to help. Our contracted, professional housekeepers often become lifelines of support for those who are shut in due to their illnesses. KCS spends an average of $7000 to $8000 on this program.
Is a Thanksgiving and Christmas program designed for the families of those affected by cancer and are also referred to KCS by local Oncology Social Workers. Food cards are presented for holiday meals and several gift cards are delivered to struggling families for the purchase of gifts for their children during the holidays. An average of $5000 is budgeted for this program.
Vivian Galitzki Fund
An emergency help on the oncology front lines in the form of $25 gas and grocery gift cards that Oncology Social Workers can have readily accessible, which can also be used for out of pocket pharmacy items. An average of $1600 has been appropriated for this program.
Kitsap Kids Connected
This program places cancer resource books in the hands of local school counselors and interventionists to better help children who are struggling with cancer in the family. Depending upon the size of the school district, KCS budgets approximately $3000 annually. Recently, KCS has begun supporting a teen group (“We Can Cope”) that meets bi-monthly at the Silverdale YMCA (www.wecancope.weebly.com). KCS is fortunate to have two licensed counselors who facilitate and chaperone all activities and meetings for this group of young people who are suffering from a cancer diagnosis in the family.
Mary Briner Oncology Massage
Is a self-supporting program for cancer patients who are referred for the amazing benefits of oncology massage but are unable to pay with insurance or do not have the financial resources to do so. Anyone can donate to KCS and earmark money to support that program. Mary is a licensed practitioner who is certified in Oncology Massage and has had many years of experience. She also donates time with Peninsula Cancer Center in Poulsbo.
All of these programs are supported by the generosity of public donations and by those individuals and business who so generously participate in our annual fundraisers: The Sweetheart Dinner Auction (a joint winter event with The Rotary Club of East Bremerton) and the KCS Golf Challenge, which is normally held in August.
KCS is not an exclusive organization. We help men, women, and children and do not limit our resources to any one type of cancer.
KCS Regulations for Grants and Services:
- The patient must be in active treatment or within six months of their last treatment.
- Patients must be at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Line unless there are exceptional circumstances. This may require more detailed information provided by the Oncology Social Worker or Nurse Navigator in explanation of the patient’s current financial situation.
- Patients must have a Kitsap County Connection
- If the patient is being treated outside of Kitsap County, they must have permanent residence in Kitsap County.
- If the patient lives outside of Kitsap County, they must be receiving treatment at an oncology facility in Kitsap County.
- KCS offers grants up to $500. Anything above that amount would require detailed information regarding the patient’s financial distress and would need approval by the KCS Board of Directors.
- Applications must be filled out with the assistance of the Social Worker or Nurse Navigator. All fields must be completed and with a specific amount requested.
- Household Income must include ALL those living under the same roof contributing to the household expenses and the welfare of the patient.
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