$450,000 (payable over 3 years) to Habitat for Humanity
Grant funds will be used for a new pilot partnership program with REAL Services known as the Aging in Place Program. This program aims to allow seniors in St. Joseph County remain in their homes and communities safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. Serving low-income seniors across St. Joseph County, the program will consist of REAL Services referring seniors to Habitat. Habitat will then complete home repair projects outside the scope and/or budget of REAL Services current offerings, namely roof replacement and window replacement--both of which see no funding from Medicaid or any other source.
$32,000 to LOGAN
Funds will be used to assist LOGAN with improvements to one of its group homes which serves primarily older adults. Funds will replace windows and flooring, increase accessibility of doorways and bathrooms, and other needed repairs. For many of these clients, the group home is their lifetime home as they age, until they require skilled nursing or pass away.
$30,000 to REAL Services
These funds are to be used to purchase an additional van to aid in REAL Services' Transportation Program. The program has run for 38 years with the goal of assisting those without transportation and is key to enabling older adults to remain independent. Last year, they helped 264 clients with 15,800 rides. As is the case with all programs of REAL Services, the purpose of the Transportation Program is to enable older adults to remain independent and in their homes.