CENTRAL FALLS, RI-
As part of a continued focus on supporting healthy communities and promoting
community-based services for older adults, the Rhode Island Division of Elderly
Affairs (RIDEA) today announced $1.5 million in Older Americans Act Title IIIB
grants to ten community agencies. The grants will fund multiple projects across
the state, including health screenings, financial counseling services,
intergenerational programs, transportation services and various other programs.
"Seniors should be able to live in
their own homes and remain active members of their communities for as long
as they choose. These grants will help Rhode Island's seniors live happier,
healthier, more independent lives, helping with everything from transportation
to financial planning," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "I'm grateful
the organizations will be providing these critical services."
"As the state unit on aging, RIDEA
strives to empower older Rhode Islanders; this funding and our partnerships
with these ten agencies will advance our mission," said RIDEA Director
Charles J. Fogarty. "The work that is done every day in the community is
what truly makes a difference, and for that I must thank our partner
Progreso Latino, one of RIDEA's newest
community partners, hosted the event at their offices in Central Falls. Mario
Bueno, Executive Director, commented, "The support of the RIDEA is
essential for Progreso Latino. Without these funds it would be very difficult
to continue our wellness and educational activities with the senior citizen
community. The RIDEA is also incentivizing our collaboration efforts in order
to ensure greater community capacity. Therefore, we are very happy to be
working with the City of Central Falls in order to coordinate educational and
social activities to better serve elder adults in Central Falls."
The City of Central Falls, Progreso
Latino and the Central Falls Housing Authority work together to ensure
programming and support services are provided to their senior residents.
"It is essential that we provide our senior residents with adequate
programming and support services," said Mayor James A. Diossa. "I
thank the RIDEA for including Progreso Latino as one of its newest community
partners and for the phenomenal work they have done for our elderly population.
Their support has allowed us to organize our summer concert series and offer
various field trips."
"Our seniors deserve the opportunity
to live independent, fulfilling lives for as long as possible," said
Health and Human Services Secretary Eric J. Beane. "Community agencies are
often lifelines for our seniors, connecting them to social networks,
healthcare, and other vital supports. I am pleased to join Director Fogarty in
celebrating and investing in the important work of these partners.
Congratulations to all of today's grant recipients."
Recognizing the significant role of
senior centers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is proposing to double the state
general revenue investment in those agencies and services from $400,000 to
$800,000 in the state fiscal year 2019 budget. Investments such as this will
begin to rebalance the long-term care system and are a priority across the
Health and Human Services Cabinet, led by Secretary Beane.
The ten community agencies receiving
Title IIIB grant funding are:
Capital City Community Center, 25
Danforth Street, Providence, RI;
Catholic Social Services of Rhode Island,
1 Cathedral Square, Providence, RI;
Community Action Partnership of
Providence, 518 Hartford Avenue, Providence, RI;
Cranston Senior Services, 1070 Cranston
Street, Cranston, RI;
Davinci Center for Community Progress,
470 Charles Street, Providence, RI;
East Bay Community Action Program, 100
Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI;
Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main Street,
Progreso Latino, 626 Broad Street,
Central Falls, RI;
Senior Services, Inc., 84 Social Street,
West Warwick Senior Center, 145
Washington Street, West Warwick, RI.