Call to Action

Just 6% of Minnesota nurses are people of color compared to 25% of the Twin Cities’ population and 39% of Episcopal Homes’ resident population. In contrast, 45% of our nation’s lower-wage, nursing assistant roles are held by people of color. This gap reflects a clear social justice issue with multigenerational impacts. It also compromises our community’s healthcare because the diversity of the population is not aligned with that of our healthcare workforce (Sullivan, 2004; National Advisory Council on Nursing Education, 2013).

Mission to Action

The Foundation’s Sister Annette Scholarship program provides up to $30,000 to help our caregivers to pursue nursing credentials, advance in our organization and improve quality of life for themselves and their families. Scholarship awards are matched dollar per dollar. Our scholarship program helps provide more equitable access to education, degrees and advancement for our diverse frontline caregivers.

The Foundation also awards Professional Scholarships of up to $5,000 to employees in any field to help strengthen our quality of care and service, while retaining and growing our workforce.

We recognize our employees are our most valued resource. Through the Employee Scholarship Program, we invest in our employees and remove financial barriers that get in the way of attending college or professional training. When employees earn professional credentials, they can advance within our organization, strengthen care of our elders, and improve quality of life for themselves and their families.

Impacts:

Between 2018 and 2021, the Foundation has awarded nearly $225,000 in scholarships benefiting 20 employees.

If you would like to support this program and help staff attend school, please contact Kristin Rigg at 651-632-8857 or make a gift online.

Chika

Chika joined Episcopal Church Home (ECH) August of 2013 as an on-call Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Within a month Chika took a block schedule because she felt love from the community and loved coming to work. After five years, Chika enrolled in school to further her degree in nursing and was accepted. Chika applied for