WEST ROXBURY, MA (July 8, 2010) – “Ethos has been awarded a special projects grant in the amount of $55,000 by the Boston Foundation for our AgeWell West Roxbury: Building an Elder-Friendly Neighborhood project,” Executive Director Dale Mitchell announced today.
According to Exec. Dir. Mitchell, the grant will be used to continue the organization’s work in providing and connecting West Roxbury elders to the formal and informal programs, services and resources they need especially those that are local, and mobilize neighborhood leaders, businesses, service providers, religious organizations, social clubs, and residents of all ages to enhance West Roxbury’s capacity to support its elders, who have chosen to “age-in-place.”
“In light of the recent budget cuts, these funds from the Boston Foundation are critical to continuing our work in West Roxbury,” Exec. Dir. Mitchell said. “AgeWell West Roxbury is not state-funded program and relies heavily on grant funding to continue building an elder-friendly community that is capable of engaging healthy elders before crises occur.” We are very appreciative of the Boston Foundation help in the growth of this Initiative and a model that can eventually self-sustain itself and be replicated in other neighborhoods of Boston.
This grant will serve almost 400 West Roxbury elders. Some of its programming will include working with: WalkBoston to develop a snow shoveling awareness, education and capacity-building campaign; Mass. School of Professional Psychology to provide mental health counseling; and with MyWay Village to continue to expand its highly touted Connected Living, a “senior-friendly Facebook” application with numerous ‘brain-fitness’ features, to homebound West Roxbury elders.
If you are interested in learning more about the AgeWell West Roxbury project and would like to participate in various elder programs and services offerings in West Roxbury, contact (617) 477-6616.