Kent County Senior Millage Proposals Presentations
The Kent County Millage Review Committee (KCMRC) heard funding requests this week from all agencies requesting 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funding. Agencies presented Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the committee will make their funding recommendations at the end of the week. These recommendations will then be presented to the Area Agency on Aging Executive Committee and the Kent County Board of Commissioners.
Community Resource and Volunteer Fair
Senior Leadership Grand Rapids will be hosting a Community Resource and Senior Volunteer Fair on Friday September 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library Ryerson Auditorium (111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).
The event will include free refreshments and parking in an Open House type format featuring as many as 30 different community organizations. Information on community resources and volunteer opportunities will be available.
Email: email@example.com and put "Senior Leadership" in the subject line. Please include your name, address and phone number.
Phone: (616) 222-7042
The mission of Senior Leadership Grand Rapids is to develop and empower mature adults to assume leadership roles that contribute to the well-being of the community.
The Senior Leadership Grand Rapids program is in the process of transitioning from the Grand Rapids Community College Older Learner Center to the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.
Senior Scam Using AAAWM Name for PERS Service
We have recently been informed that a company is calling older adults and claiming that Area Agency on Aging is paying in full for Personal Emergency Response devices (commonly called “call-buttons”). The automated call encourages people to “press 1 to verify their address.”
AAAWM encourages anyone who receives the call to hang up and to NOT give the caller any information.
We have contacted all of the companies we currently use to provide Personal Emergency Response Services (PERS) and they have stated they are NOT behind these calls.
If you, or someone you know is in need of a PERS, please contact us and we can provide you with the name of the agencies we have funding relationship with.
Again, we encourage people to NOT provide any personal information and to hang up the phone.
Kent County Senior Millage Letters of Intent
AAAWM is accepting Letters of Intent for 2016 Kent County Senior Millage funds. Letters of Intent are required for all new agencies, as well as for current millage funded agencies who wish to add a new service. The letter is due to AAAWM no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015. Click here to access the Letter of Intent form.
There will be an informational meeting to answer any questions about the Letter of Intent on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the AAAWM conference room A at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI. Questions can be submitted prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will not be answered outside this meeting; however, answers to any submitted questions will be shared. 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 14, 2015 if they are permitted to complete a full proposal. Proposals will be due September 14, 2015. Meetings with the KCMRC will be October 12, 13, or 14, 2015. Please save those dates to ensure your availability to give a short presentation to the KCMRC.
Continuation Funding Forms
Current service providers will receive continuation of funding forms August 14, 2015. You will also be meeting with the KCMRC on the above October dates.
Funding decisions are guided by current needs and community priorities. To learn more Click here and look under Resources.
Questions about Continuation Funding Forms can be directed to your Contract Coordinator or Anne Ellermets at 616.222.7014 or Anne@aaawm.org.
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.