Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Senior Living Initiative

Addressing Quality of Life Issues for Local Seniors

REAL Services Guardianship program

The Community Foundation is studying the current and projected challenges regarding quality of life issues for our senior citizens, and actively seeking innovative and effective ways to address those challenges. Primary emphasis is given to efforts serving the poorest and most vulnerable seniors.

Charities that are dedicated to meeting these needs are encouraged to apply for funding. Grant application deadlines are November 1 and May 1. Please note if the grant deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application is due the next business day at 9:00 a.m.

In addition to our competitive grants process, the Foundation has made multiple proactive investments focused on improving the quality of nursing home care in St. Joseph County.  Since 2011, the Foundation funded a year-long training and learning collaborative for nursing home staff and has continued supporting professional development by subsidizing Peer Learning Roundtables for nursing home administrators since 2013.  Other investments include funding the development of a Nurses as Leaders course curriculum taught at Ivy Tech, training nursing home staff in implemention of the Music & Memory program, and subsidizing nursing home participation in an Employer Resource Network designed to support lower-wage earners with rapid problem resolution and decrease employee turnover.