Bon Secours is committed to creating communities of health, hope and well-being. This commitment is founded in our Catholic social tradition, which teaches us that each person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society – in terms of economics and politics – directly affects the capacity of a person to grow and develop.
The Bon Secours Mission Fund, an endowment fund created in 1998 for the purpose of addressing the unmet needs of those who are poor and underserved, provides funding for many of these initiatives and continues the tradition of bon secours (good help) established in 1824 when the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours was founded in Paris.
The Mission Fund supports a range of initiatives, some of which address basic services like access to dental and primary care services; others of which address more complex issues such as lack of decent housing, food justice, social services, support to victims of domestic violence, urban agriculture, senior healthcare, and community wealth building initiatives. Through the Healthy Community Initiative in the Tampa Bay, Bon Secours is developing long term, collaborative relationships with the people who live and work in selected neighborhoods and with other local organizations to identify and address priorities to improve the quality of life and health.