GEDCO was recently awarded a 2022 Thome Aging Well grant to support the expansion of activities for Older Adult and Supportive Services.
The two year and $280,000 grant is a part of the Thome Aging Well Program, a $19 million initiative from Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) to help older adults living in affordable communities age safely and securely at home. The funding will be used at GEDCO to increase activities, provide mental health support, and hire a part time nurse onsite for residents at Stadium Place. This is part of GEDCO’s goal of having older adult residents age with dignity and lead full, healthy and active lives.
“We’re so grateful for support from the Thome Aging Well Program,” said Nichole Battle, CEO of GEDCO. “Thanks to this grant, GEDCO will be able to expand the supportive services we provide, and provide them to more neighbors. The impact is huge, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Funded by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America trustee, the program awarded $4 million in grants this year to scale aging-in-place initiatives with a track record of success. GEDCO is one of 16 chosen grant recipients from the states of Maryland and Michigan.
In total, the 2022 Thome Aging Well grants will provide essential support to over 4,000 older adults to help enhance wellbeing, reduce isolation and allow them to age with dignity in their homes. Best practices learned from the grantees will be shared across the field of affordable and public housing providers serving older adults.
“Far too many adults, especially those with lower incomes, do not have the resources and support they need to continue living comfortably in their homes as they grow older,” said Stephany De Scisciolo, vice president, Impact, Evaluation & Population Health, Enterprise.
“The programs supported through the Thome Aging Well grants have proved successful at improving the health and wellbeing of older adults and will make an enormous impact on the lives of thousands in Maryland and Michigan. We are honored to partner with such remarkable organizations.”