Grant Awarded to Address Elder Abuse
The Office of Services to the Aging has awarded Senior Neighbors a grant in the amount of $24,809 to combat elder abuse. Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan will be a co-collaborator on the six month pilot project will work to provide emergency transitional housing and counseling to seniors who are victims of elder abuse.
Congratulations to Bob Sundholm!
Yesterday we presented Robert (Bob) Sundholm with the Sister Agnes Thiel award for his advocacy work on behalf of older adults. Bob, a resident of Mason County, has served on our Advisory Council for over 30 years. As a Chair of our Advisory Council he is also a member of our Board of Directors and serves on the Michigan Senior Advocates Council. Please join us in congratulating Bob and thanking him for his great work.
New Millage Services for 2015
Did you know that four new programs have been added to Kent County Senior Millage services for 2015? In addition to priority services such as home delivered meals, in-home care and transportation, the Millage will now also provide housing coordination, aging in place classes, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Health Net Dental services. Click here for more information on all 50 unique services, including those new for 2015.
Senior Dental Day
On Friday December 12, 2014, AAAWM held the fourth annual Senior Dental Day. This year we served 42 older adults through referrals from AAAWM, Senior Neighbors, UMCH-United Methodist Community House, Salvation Army, and HHS Health Options.
The event was held in the newly remodeled Grand Rapids Community College Dental Clinic.
This event would not have been possible without the 100 students, local dentist, hygienists, teachers and dental assistants who volunteered their time to provide much needed dental care to these older adults. Funding was also made possible by a generous grant from the Delta Dental Foundation. Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.
Voters Approve Kent County Senior Millage
Thank you to Kent County voters for passing a renewal and increase to the Kent County Senior Millage. This will help address the needs of the older adult population in Kent County. For more information on the Millage, including services funded, program qualifications and more, visit
Senior Millage Letters of Intent Process Closed
The Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent for 2015 funding were due to AAAWM on July 31, 2014. Submitted letters will now be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC). Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2014 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 15, 2014. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 13, 14, or 15, 2014.
Organizations interested in Kent County Senior Millage funding for 2016 may submit their information in July of 2015. For more details on the process, visit providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers
Senior Millage Equals Independence
For those who use an absentee ballot, the Kent County Senior Millage question is on the back. Be sure to turn over the ballot to help support senior services in Kent County. For more information on the Millage, visit www.kentseniormillage.com.
Kent County Senior Millage and Upcoming Election
The August 5 election is coming up quickly and, in addition to the Kent County Senior Millage, a number of issues and candidates will be on the ballot. Because many of us live, work, and spend time in a variety of places, it can get a bit confusing as to who and what will actually be on your ballot when you go to vote. Fortunately, the Michigan Voter Information Center has put together a website that you can use to see exactly what will be on your ballot on election day. Visit https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/SelectPublicBallot.aspx and select the County, Jurisdiction, and Precinct where you live, and it will show you what your ballot will include on August 5. This is not an official ballot and cannot be used for voting, but can help you prepare before you go to the polls.
Senior Millage Letter of Intent and Continuation of Funding Forms
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2015 Kent County Senior Millage funds from new agencies or those adding a new service. Current service providers will recieve Continuation of Funding forms on Agusut 15, 2014. More information on each funding process is listed below:
Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent:
Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. Click here for the Letter of Intent. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014.
There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the AAAWM office building at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to email@example.com. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting, however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared on the website or to provided emails. Please do not ask AAAWM Contract Coordinators any direct questions, as they are unable to respond to individual inquiries.
Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC).
Agencies will be notified by August 15, 2014 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 15, 2014. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 13, 14, or 15, 2014. Please save those dates to insure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
Kent County Senior Millage Continuation Funding Forms:
Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms on August 15, 2014. Current service providers will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
The 2015 funding level is expected to be at $9.5 million.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more go to the Resource section at providers/kent_county_senior_millage_providers.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your contract coordinator or Jackie O’Connor at 616.222.7002 or at Jackie@aaawm.org.