Emergency Housing and Counseling
Emergency shelter and counseling services are now available for Kent County residents over the age of 60 who are victims of vulnerable adult abuse. Senior Neighbors, Inc. will coordinate the services and an Adult Foster Care home located in Grand Rapids will provide up to one month of no cost room and board (clients must be female and able to walk up stairs). In addition, counseling services are available for any senior victim of abuse, male or female. These clients do not have to take advantage of the emergency housing.
This pilot program has been awaarded grant funding and will be available through September 30, 2015.
For a referral, please contact your local law enforcement or Adult Protective Services at 1-855-444-3911.
In-home Care Programs have Openings
Have you seen our commercial on WOOD TV8 yet advertising openings for our in-home care programs? If you know someone who may benefit, please call our Information and Assistance staff at (888) 456-5664 or (616) 456-5664.
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.