Faith in Action receives grant to provide services


This grant provides reimbursement for program services, including round-trip transportation to doctor’s appointments, errands and errands, housework and housekeeping services, and accessibility modifications such as ramps and wheelchair ramps.

Congress passed the OAA in 1965 in response to the concerns of policymakers about the lack of community social services for the elderly. The original legislation established the authority for state grants for community planning and social services, research and development projects, and personnel training in the area of ​​aging.

The Act also created the Administration on Aging to administer the newly created grant programs and to serve as the federal focal point on issues affecting the elderly.

Although seniors may receive services under many other federal programs, the OAA is today viewed as the primary vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutritional services to this group and their caregivers. It authorizes a wide range of service programs through a nationwide network of 56 state agencies on aging, 629 regional agencies on aging, nearly 20,000 service providers, 244 tribal organizations and two native Hawaiian organizations representing 400 tribes.

The OAA also includes community service jobs for low-income older Americans; training, research and demonstration activities in the field of aging; and activities to protect the rights of vulnerable older persons.

Current census data shows that the population of people aged 65 and over in Cass County is 27% and growing. Local services for seniors are essential in helping people “age in place” in their homes and communities.

In 2020, Faith in Action for Cass County served 336 people through its programs; 79% of them were over 60 years old. Faith in Action volunteers provided appointment rides, chore services, construction ramps, and care support.

In addition, volunteers have traveled over 125,500 miles to provide these essential services to community members in the region.

Faith in Action for Cass County is funded in part by state and federal grants, as well as by individuals, businesses, civic and religious contributions, and local fundraisers.

Those with questions about Faith in Action for Cass County Services or volunteer opportunities can call Theresa Eclov of Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 or visit www.faithinactioncass.com.

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