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Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Awards Grant to Catholic Charities Senior Programs
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $52,466 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) Ready or Not Initiative to support its older adult programs serving seniors in Erie, Genesee and Orleans counties.

The HFWCNY is a nonprofit, private foundation whose mission is to improve the health and health care of the people of Western and Central New York.

The funding will allow Catholic Charities to create and implement a plan to respond to current economic and legislative changes impacting access to care for the senior population, including Medicaid redesign and the Affordable Care Act.  

“As the number of older adults in our region grows, it’s important that agencies such as Catholic Charities are able to provide comprehensive, integrated services that successfully meet their needs,” said Ann F. Monroe, president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. “Catholic Charities’ Older Adult Programs will help older adults living in our community maintain healthy and productive lives.”

Current older adult programs and services include Comprehensive Care, an intensive case management program to maximize independence and support caregivers; Foster Grandparent Program, a volunteer program for income-eligible adults ages 55 and older working with special needs children and youth; Home Visitation Program, which provides weekly in-home visits to homebound Genesee and Orleans county residents; Project HOPE (Helping Older People Excel), which works to keep seniors with a mental health diagnosis independent in their homes; A Gathering Place, a supervised day program designed to promote socialization and activity; and Friendly Phones, which provides regular telephone calls to homebound seniors.

“This generous grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York provides us with the resources and technical assistance to respond more strategically and effectively to the growing population of older adults,” said Jim Nowak, assistant director of Catholic Charities Department of Clinical and Aging Services. “We can now better prepare for the future in this changing health care environment to best serve some of our communities’ most vulnerable residents.”

In 2012, more than 500 seniors were able to receive assistance/services through Catholic Charities older adult programs.

For more information about Catholic Charities older adult programs call (716) 896-6388 or visit www.ccwny.org.

Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, we deliver support to meet immediate needs, and then assess for other needs to ensure long-term success. We are the most comprehensive human service provider serving more than 130,000 people in all eight counties of Western New York, with 70 programs and 61 locations. We receive highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator. For 89 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York.

Check out Catholic Charities at ccwny.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo.


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