St. Mary’s Home Receives $15,000 Grant from Amerigroup Foundation

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NORFOLK, Va. (March 5, 2013) — The Amerigroup Foundation donated $15,000 to St. Mary’s Home to sponsor publication of the Home’s annual report. The gift continues Amerigroup’s long tradition of supporting St. Mary’s, which cares for children and young adults with severe disabilities.

In 2011, Amerigroup donated $50,000 to help St. Mary’s build The Albero House, a wing for adults that is expected to open in 2013. Amerigroup also previously has supported St. Mary’s 5K race fundraiser, while Amerigroup employees have volunteered nearly 300 hours in the past two years to help St. Mary’s with various projects.

“We are pleased to continue to have the support of Amerigroup,’’ said William C. Giermak, St. Mary’s CEO. “We appreciate Amerigroup’s generosity as well as their employees’ personal interest in St. Mary’s Home.”

The annual report sponsored by Amerigroup can be viewed at St. Mary’s website. Printed copies may be requested by calling (757) 622-2208 ext. 331. Two previous reports also sponsored by Amerigroup also are available on the website.

About St. Mary’s Home
St. Mary’s Home provides quality, specialized care within a homelike environment for Virginia children and adults with severe disabilities, so each person can achieve his or her fullest potential. Children and young adults who have severe intellectual and physical disabilities live, play, go to school and receive comprehensive long-term and respite care at the private, nonprofit St. Mary’s Home. The Albero House at St. Mary’s will open in 2013 to provide care for adults over 21.

About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest company focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.