Council’s Home Improvement Program awarded $11K grant by Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Cumberland County Council on Older Adults has been awarded a grant from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., in the amount of $11,000 to support building accessibility ramps for older adults, who need safe access to their homes due to the use of a wheelchair or physical conditions which make it difficult to maneuver steps.

Most older adults prefer to remain in their own homes as they age, also known as “aging in place”. Often times, aging in place requires home modifications which help accompany possible physical limitations. What many older adults and their caregivers don’t realize is the expense for the most basic modifications such as installing an access ramp.

Our organization encounters older adults who cannot afford the expense of home modifications. Due to limited funding and the high demand for such services, the Council must maintain a waiting list of requests for access ramps and other minor accessibility needs such as handrails and grab bars. Thanks to this grant from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., the Council can reduce it’s waiting list f0r access ramps.

We are always in need of volunteer groups with experienced carpentry leaders to help build ramps and those able to make monetary donations in support of our mission to help older adults maintain independence with dignity. Click here to volunteer and here to donate today!

 

 


Walmart in Hope Mills grants the Council’s Meals on Wheels program $2500!


Council awarded $25K from Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.


The Council on Older Adults is the recipient of a grant from the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $25,000 in support of our Information & Assistance Services. Information & Assistance (I&A) services are critical services designed to assist older adults, their families and others acting on their behalves to acquire information about programs and services and to obtain appropriate services to meet their needs. The quote from one of our clients below is just one example of the grant’s impact:

“Words cannot adequately express my appreciation for your guidance on Monday in helping me plan a course of action for my mother. She will be relocated to a rehab facility in Fayetteville, perhaps as early as Wednesday. It will give my brother and me time to place her in a safe environment and assist in expediting her recovery from cancer. I plan to reach out again to the Cumberland County Council on Older Adults once she is placed for additional help. Your knowledge was not only comprehensive but critical to our situation given the time constraints. You and your team are truly a blessing to us and our mother and have given our family hope that she will soon be able to stand on her own again. With much thanks and gratitude.” – Daughter of recipient of Information & Assistance Services


Council adopts new Meals on Wheels logo

Meals on Wheels America is a national advocacy association consisting of more than 5,000 local independently-run Meals on Wheels programs. In an effort to bring nationwide attention to the important role that Meals on Wheels services play in helping meet the nutritional needs of homebound older adults the association designed a new logo to help rebrand this vital service and has encouraged local programs to join the movement and adopt the logo identifying their geographic area of service. The Council on Older Adults has adopted the logo and will soon begin using it to help create new awareness regarding the local issue of food insecurity and social isolation among homebound older adults. Your financial support and volunteerism are needed to help support this vital program. Donate or volunteer today!


Upcoming Assisting Aging Parents classes are as follows:

-At FTCC on Thursday September 21 from 6-8pm, cost is $20; Call FTCC continuing education at 910-678-8432 for FTCC classes

-At FTCC on Thursday October 26 from 6-8pm, cost is $20; Call FTCC continuing education at 910-678-8432 for FTCC classes

-At Kiwanis Rec Center on Thursday October 5 from 10am-noon, cost is free; call 910-484-0111 ext 240 to RSVP

 


Upcoming Welcome to Medicare Class…

New to Medicare or about to be? Attend a FREE Welcome to Medicare class in collaboration with FTCC. Register by visiting www.faytechcc.edu/continuing-education or call (910)678-8386.

 


Don’t miss our upcoming Welcome to Medicare and Assisting Aging Parents classes!


Cumberland County Council on Older Adults awarded $25K grant from Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

The Cumberland County Council on Older Adults was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. in support of the Council’s Information & Assistance Program.

Information & Assistance (I&A) services are critical services designed to assist older adults, their families and others acting on their behalves to acquire information about programs and services and to obtain appropriate services to meet their needs.

The program has seen significant increases in the volume of requests for resource information. Last fiscal year I&A made 4,152 referrals on behalf of callers. This fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017) the program is projected to make approximately 5,800 referrals , a 38% increase. As the aging population continues to grow, so does the need for information services.


Ken Dye, Council Nutrition Director, presents concerns about Cumberland County’s proposed budget cuts

Our very own Ken Dye presented a letter of concern over a proposed 15% county budget cut that would affect/possibly reduce service provision for our Meals on Wheels program at the budget meeting Monday evening. Good job, Ken!

http://abc11.com/news/dozens-of-residents-rip-cumberland-county-budget-plan/2067631/http://abc11.com/…/dozens-of-residents-rip-cumberl…/2067631/

To make a difference, email our County Commissioners and express your concerns over the next few weeks: http://www.co.cumberland.nc.us/commissioners.aspx


United Way Days of Caring helps Council clients

​Council clients received ramps and Meals on Wheels deliveries thanks to the 2017 United Way Days of Caring event. We appreciate all United Way volunteers and the efforts they made to ensure seniors continue to receive services in our community.

Pictured left to right: Danny Joyner, Al Johnson, Dean Carter, Phil Edwards, Dennis Boyer, Steve Blanchard, and David Trego.


Welcome to our website! The Council on Older Adults was established in 1968 as a non-profit organization and forty-eight years later we remain committed to our original mission of helping older adults living in Cumberland County maintain their independence at home with dignity.

 

339 Devers Street
Fayetteville, NC  28303
Telephone: (910) 484-0111
Fax: (910) 484-0627

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