Throughout her life, Ms. Rita Langworthy served as an inspiration to many. She was a committed educator and activist for needy children and their families. In her community of Flint, Michigan, Rita touched the lives of the community’s children in many different ways, including providing them with home-schooling, teaching them to love reading, and even paying for them to go to private school.
After Rita’s tragic death in 2015, her daughter, Ms. Lin Randolph, formed the Rita Langworthy Foundation to carry on Rita’s legacy of helping at-risk children to flourish regardless of their circumstances. Lin’s foundation continues Rita’s impactful work through an array of charitable support programs in line with Rita’s values, including grants for nonprofits, educator mini-grants, and a “Books for Kids” literacy program. Through these programs, the foundation collectively provides at-risk children with food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and educational opportunities, and also supports educators, schools and libraries that serve at-risk students.
In 2018, St. Mary’s was honored to be selected by the Rita Langworthy Foundation as its first 2018 grant recipient for our Telehealth Program. The grant will help our Telehealth team deliver its preventative care services to chronically ill, economically disadvantaged children who are at a high risk of further health complications.