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The Compassion Fund, Inc. is a non‐profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization established in 2009 for the purpose of providing emergency relief assistance to the SHC Family. The SHC Family consists of stakeholders, residents and their immediate families and members of the communities surrounding Signature HealthCARE facilities. The mission of the Compassion Fund is to be a follow‐up responder in serious situations caused by unforeseeable and uncontrollable hardships. The fund is not intended for long‐term or recurring financial support.

Reviewers will consider your situation based first upon the criteria listed below while at the same time taking into account your financial history and current situation. Failure to provide the full documentation or to adequately explain how your financial need effectively relates to the criteria below can seriously limit your application’s favorable review. All information provided for review must be current and accurate.

All applications require an Advocate, which is someone to assist you in the application and to act as a point of contact during the process. Advocates usually are SHC Chaplains or Human Resource Directors as they have been trained on how to assist in the process, although other SHC Employees with company email addresses are permitted to
serve in this capacity if needed. Advocates are to maintain confidentiality of your case before, during and after the review of your application.

Your Advocate is the sole person authorized to send information to the Compassion Fund facilitators or to receive communications from them regarding your case.

Please fill out the following application COMPLETELY, providing all requested documentation. Incomplete applications will NOT be sent to the Selection Committee and will be sent back to the Advocate with an explanation as to what information is still needed.

The Compassion Fund is available to cover only those expenses which are essential to life(called ‘Eligible Items’). These items may include:

  • Housing Costs;
  • Utilities (heat/air, water, sewer, electric, sanitation);
  • Some transportation or relocation costs.

In cases of a death for immediate family ONLY* the Compassion Fund may cover:

  •  Funeral costs, capped at $900, and paid directly to the Funeral Services provider to be applied towards any unpaid portion of the bill;
  • Some transportation costs related to the death;
  •  Awards will NOT be made if: (1) payment for services has been already made, (2) if there is any life insurance whatsoever for the deceased or (3) if there are appropriate benefits offered through health plan policies, group benefits or assistance plans which are available to the applicant.

In cases of accident, illness or injury for immediate family ONLY*, the Compassion Fund may cover:

  • Medical travel and lodging;
  • Mandatory‐to‐treatment, medically prescribed medications which are not covered by insurance or
    other means of provision;
  •  Medical insurance premium costs or co‐pay costs.

The Compassion Fund Selection Committee reserves the right to determine what is and is not to be considered as “eligible” for any case. Essential‐to‐life items which cannot be specifically documented such as groceries, over‐the counter medications or home fuel may be funded at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee.

The Compassion Fund generally does not fund items such as medical or hospital bills for services already rendered as these can usually be negotiated and long term payment plans set up. The Compassion fund does not fund requests for payment of items such as phone bills, car payments, home or auto insurance payments, cable or internet service, legal bills, loan or credit card payments, bank or check cashing fees, child support or any other items deemed not essential
to life.

*Immediate family is defined as spouses, parents, children, grandparents, in‐laws or siblings of
the applicant.