Regional program to enable frail impoverished elderly to live at home

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.This grant supports a Local Initiative Funding Partner Program to enable frail impoverished elderly residents of the metropolitan Washington, DC area to continue living at home instead of being institutionalized. The project features a carefully managed system of health, personal care, and supportive services individually tailored to the needs of each enrollee. Family member caregivers and local volunteers will be trained by the Agency to perform personal care and supportive care services for about 950 new elderly people in the Agency's caseload. RWJF funds will cover largely personnel costs (case managers, RNs, social workers, aides, director of volunteers) and office operations and supplies. Significant support will also come from public sources and where possible from the elderly enrollees. Funding partners include: Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation, Robert Lehrman, Charles E. Smith Trust, Marcella and Abner Brenner, Sylvia and Coleman Raphael, Cissy Patterson Trust, and Melvin and Estelle Gelman Foundation. An endowment will be raised during the course of the grant to underwrite the annual subsidy on a permanent basis.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $166,500.00

Awarded on: 7/13/1989

Time frame: 9/1/1989 - 12/31/1993

Grant Number: 15605


Jewish Social Service Agency

6123 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852-4880

Laura Freiden
Project Director