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Mature Services receives grant for program

1/19/2017 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Mature Services Inc.
WEST AKRON — The CareSource Foundation in Dayton has awarded a $7,500 grant to the Mature Services Homecare Solutions program. The grant will support the costs associated with operating the program, which supports the independence of low-income, homebound people by providing housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, personal care and wellness assessments to nearly 300 older adults in Summit County. Foundation officials said supportive services like these allow older adults to age in place with dignity.

Danielle Thompson, community marketplace consultant from CareSource, presented the grant to program director Penny Holvey and Dawn Moeglin, director of community engagement, Nov. 16 at the Mature Services offices, as shown above.

“The Homecare Solutions program is completely dependent on collaboration with local, state and corporate grant funders,” said Holvey. “The majority of our clients are ineligible for Medicaid services, yet cannot afford to pay for needed assistance. We constantly seek financial partnerships to provide assistance to the people falling into this gap.”

“The challenge isn’t just with finding financial support for client services,” said Karen Hrdlicka, president and CEO of Mature Services. “We also need to find the workforce to provide home care and personal assistance to our homebound clients and there are not enough people available to hire. There is a waiting list of clients needing our services and we struggle to find the balance between having enough funds to provide the assistance needed and having the workforce to provide the services. We are so appreciative of the support The CareSource Foundation has provided us this year with the grant.”

“Mature Services is doing amazing things to help the aging population in Summit County,” said Thompson following a tour of the agency’s headquarters on Portage Path. “This agency is really developing a strong network of collaborations and funding to help older adults live independently in their own homes. CareSource recognizes the impact they are having in the aging community and is proud to support their efforts.”

Mature Services was formed in Akron in 1975 as an agency providing services to assist older adults in finding employment, volunteer opportunities, nutrition, home care and counseling. The agency has grown into a multicounty nonprofit dedicated to helping thousands of people remain independent in their homes and active in their communities, according to the agency.

Headquartered in Dayton, CareSource is a nationally recognized nonprofit managed-care health plan. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care plans.

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