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home : local news : local news July 26, 2017

4/8/2017 8:30:00 AM
Faith in Action receives Aging Services Grant

Faith in Action for Cass County, along with Horizon Health Faith in Action in Morrison County and Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers (LAIC) in Crow Wing County were jointly awarded a grant from Older Americans Act (OAA) to provide services to older adults living in Central Minnesota during 2017. This grant provides reimbursement for program services including transportation to and from doctor's appointments, ramps & chores, homemaker services, counseling, support planning, in-home caregiver respite, caregiver consulting and education such as Powerful Tools for Caregivers.

Congress passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965 in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. The original legislation established authority for grants to States for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the field of aging. The law also established the Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as the Federal focal point on matters concerning older persons.

Although older individuals may receive services under many other Federal programs, today the OAA is considered to be the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to this group and their caregivers. It authorizes a wide array of service programs through a national network of 56 State agencies on aging, 629 area agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 244 Tribal organizations, and 2 Native Hawaiian organizations representing 400 Tribes. The OAA also includes community service employment for low-income older Americans; training, research, and demonstration activities in the field of aging; and vulnerable elder rights protection activities.

Current census data shows that Cass County's population of people aged 65+ is at 24% and growing. Local services for seniors are the key to helping people "age in place" in their homes and communities. In 2016, Faith in Action for Cass County served 218 people through their programs providing rides to appointments, chore services, building ramps, and offering care giving support. In addition, volunteers drove over 91,600 miles to furnish these essential services to members of our communities. Faith in Action for Cass County is supported by state and federal grant funding, as well as local individual, business, civic, and church contributions and fundraisers. If you have any questions about Faith in Action for Cass County services or volunteer opportunities, please call Theresa Eclov at Faith in Action at 218-675-5435.

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