Tom Retires, Jackie to Serve as Executive Director
Thank you to all who came out to Tom’s retirement party earlier this week. As many of you know, Tom’s last day as Executive Director at AAAWM was March 31, 2016. We wish him well in his retirement and he will be greatly missed.
Jackie O’Connor, former Assistant Director, will now serve in her new role as Executive Director. Jackie has been with AAAWM since 1984 and she will provide a continued dedication and commitment to senior issues. Please join us in welcoming her to this new role.
AAAWM Office Closed
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan office will be closed tomorrow (March 25, 2016) for Good Friday and will resume normal business hours on Monday, March 28, 2016.
Tom Czerwinski to Retire
At the end of the month Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director for the last 21 years, will retire. Tom has been with the agency since 1979 and has dedicated his career to the purposeful enrichment of the lives of older adults and is a critical partner in ensuring that vulnerable adults have services to meet their most basic needs. For many years he has designed, administered, and advocated for aging services and inspires others to do the same. Tom has helped AAAWM build one of the strongest aging advocacy programs in the state.
Tom began working at AAAWM in 1979 and has worked in finance, nutrition, contracts, and as the Assistant Director before being promoted to the Executive Director in 1994.
Under his leadership AAAWM has added a number of new programs including the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver, Kent County Senior Millage services, Nursing Facility Transition, healthy aging programs, and much more.
Tom has been a fierce advocate for seniors and helped to establish the Advocates for Senior Issues as one of the best senior advocacy groups in the state. The group has led a number of statewide advocacy efforts for vulnerable older adults and has been involved in the Kent County Senior Millage campaigns, including recent renewal and increase efforts.
He is well respected not just in the aging network but in our region and throughout the state. Tom has distinguished himself as a lead aging professional and has strived to organize, advance, and innovate for the betterment of aging services. He has fought to increase funding for vital services such as home delivered meals, home care, and transportation. Thanks to Tom’s steadfast leadership and hard work more low-income older adults live with independence and dignity.
Please join us in wishing Tom an enjoyable retirement and thanking him for his leadership, passion for advocacy and dedication to older adults.
Older Americans Act Proposals Released
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) is seeking proposals to provide contracted services funded under the Older Americans Act in Region 8. This is a separate funding stream that provides services to clients who may not be receiving services through the MI Choice Waiver or Care Management program.
Region 8 includes the nine counties of Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola. This proposal process is for three years, Fiscal Years 2017- 2019. The funding awarded will be for the first year of the three year proposal, Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).
The defined services that could be funded in this proposal process are:
- Adult Day Services
- Caregiver Focal Point
- Caregiver Education, Support and Training
- Congregate Meals
- Disease Prevention/Health Promotion
- Elder Abuse Prevention Education
- Grandparent Education, Support and Training
- Home Delivered Meals
- Homemaker (outside Kent Co.)
- Legal Assistance
- Long Term Care Ombudsman
- Nutrition Education
- Outreach and Assistance
- Respite (outside Kent Co.)
- Senior Center Staffing
- Transportation – Assisted and Public
- April 13, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. Proposal Workshop at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan located at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- May 2, 2016 - 12:00 p.m. Proposals Due at the AAAWM office, 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Any questions concerning the proposal process will be answered at the Proposal Workshop. Problems with the documents can be addressed to Anne Ellermets at firstname.lastname@example.org
Older Americans Act Proposal Process Begins March 24, 2016
The next open Older Americans Act (OAA) proposal process begins with the release of the FY 2017-2019 OAA proposal on March 24, 2016. Any agency interested in submitting a proposal for funding can contact Anne Ellermets, Director of Contract Services & Program Development at email@example.com before March 24, 2016. Any agency interested in being placed on the proposer list can send their information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OAA runs on a three year funding cycle. Every three years an open proposal process for OAA funding provides any incorporated entity the opportunity to submit a proposal to provide one or more of the defined fundable services. If an agency is selected, their contract will remain in effect for 3 years though funding can vary from year to year.
For more information on the funding process, visit providers/older_americans_act_providers
We Need Your Opinion
We need you! We are conducting a needs survey for older adults in our nine county region (Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola) and want to hear from YOU! The survey is not just limited to older adults, but we also value the opinions from individuals who work with the senior population, have older family members or who may be providing care to elder loved ones. All those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Follow the link below to complete the survey. http://bit.ly/1SDckTq
Tom Czerwinski Wins Award
Please join us in congratulating Tom Czerwinski, AAAWM Executive Director, on receiving the Volunteer of the Year award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. Tom’s award acknowledges his “foundational, long standing impactful leadership of the Government Relations Committee, Board of Trustees leadership and advocacy efforts to expand home care options for people with MS throughout Michigan.” Congratulations Tom!
Volunteers Needed to Teach Diabetes Class
Want to help older adults take a more active role in their health? Volunteers are needed to lead Diabetes self-management classes for older adults with Type 2 diabetes, no experience necessary. Free training provided through Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan. Volunteers must attend four days of training (February 23-24 and March 1- 2 2016). Volunteers will receive a stipend of $250 per six week workshop they lead in 2016. Contact Barb at email@example.com or call (616) 222-7011
Area Agencies on Aging Association Conference
Save the Date for the Area Agencies on Aging of Michigan 29th Annual Conference to be held May 19-20, 2016 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conferencing Center in East Lansing.
For more information, please visit http://www.mi-seniors.net/annual_conference.html
Kent County Senior Millage 2016 Service List Available
The new 2016 Kent County Senior Millage services directory is now online. This year, 48 unique services will be available for Kent County residents age 60 and over. New in 2016 is the Dementia Consult program being offered by the Alzheimer's Association. Click here for more information on the Kent County Senior Millage, including the full list of services.