UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has awarded ICAN’s Evelyn’s House a $5,000 Community Health grant to promote health and well-being amongst women and children.

“Funding and support that can directly affect increased health and well-being are extremely imperative to the success of the women in our program,” shared Steven Bulger, CEO/Executive Director at ICAN. “A healthy and empowered mother can help her child get a healthier start in life and that ultimately produces stronger families and communities.”

The grant will target ICAN’s joint transitional and rapid rehousing program for 16 to 24-year-old homeless women who are pregnant and/or parenting.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Eve Van de Wal, Utica Regional President of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “We recognize that addressing social determinants of health, such as adequate housing, is vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities. and we are pleased to support ICAN with this essential community health funding to provide safe, nurturing transitional housing and support services for mothers and their children.”