Project H.E.L.P. Awards $1,500 Grants to Three Local Charities Serving Seniors
~So impressed with how all the other applicants help the elderly, Alternative Home Health Care decides to award $400 grants to all who applied.~
Celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving seniors this month, Alternative Home Health Care launched a new community relations program called Project H.E.L.P. (Helping Elders Live Positively). Non-profit organizations serving the elderly in the tri-county area were invited to apply for grants to help purchase supplies for their programs. The South Florida-based home health agency selected three local charities to receive $1,500 grants and then decided to award all the other non-profit organizations that applied $400 each.
The winners of $1,500 grants are:
- Palm Beach Habilitation Center seniors’ program, STARS, provides older adults with disabilities the opportunity to retire with dignity. This day program requested funds for activities to help keep their seniors engaged, such as exercise chairs, a DVD player, X-Box games, arts and crafts, and cooking supplies, helping them to relieve stress, socialize and maintain an overall sense of well-being.
- Broward House provides housing and assisted living services for those with HIV/AIDS. Project H.E.L.P. funds will be used for their “Dignity of Hope” program to provide seniors in need with $200 gift cards to purchase new clothing and other necessities. Independently purchasing something new increases a senior’s sense of self-worth and dignity.
- Light of the World Clinic is a free clinic in Broward County for the medically underserved. The clinic has seen an increase in economically disadvantaged seniors that are diabetic and in need of diabetes education, counseling, insulin and diabetic medical supplies. Specifically, Project H.E.L.P funds will be used to provide 50 seniors with a year’s supply of glucometers, test strips and lancets, helping them to reduce their risk for complications and improve their overall quality of life.
“We were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions, all of which demonstrated a heartfelt need for funding and steadfast dedication to the elderly community,”
said Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator of Alternative Home Health Care. “When selecting the three winners, we looked closely at how strongly the funding would impact the lives of seniors. The need was so significant for all of them that we decided to award each applicant $400 to use for senior programs and supplies.”
Project H.E.L.P. was so successful in its inaugural year that Alternative Home Health Care plans to implement the program again in 2017.