York, PA — York County Community Foundation’s Hahn Home Fund for Embracing Aging announced it has awarded a $382,205 multi-year grant to Servants, Inc. for the Home Helps program. The grant was awarded to Servants, Inc. during the fourth quarter of 2016.
The Home Helps program provides home repairs and maintenance services to help older homeowners with financial need live independently and safely in their homes. With this grant, Servants, Inc. will increase the number of construction coordinators on staff over the next five years. They will also invest in expanding the community’s awareness of the Home Helps program so that they can reach and serve more older homeowners in York County.
“This grant enables us to address our current waiting list by serving at least 75 additional senior homeowners each year,” said Trent Davis, founder and executive director of Servants, Inc. “Volunteers are critical to achieving our mission. Most of our volunteers are at least 50 years of age or older, and they share their skills and life experiences to help with the repairs and form relationships with our neighbors in need.”
“In 1913, Anna Gardner bequeathed her estate to care for older women and help them live with dignity in the community. The Servants, Inc. Home Helps program has a similar mission, so through this grant, we are carrying on Ms. Gardner’s legacy,” said Michael Hady III, chair of YCCF’s Hahn Home Fund committee. “We have worked with Servants, Inc. in the past and we especially like its model of developing a relationship with the homeowner and helping to connect them with other resources to remain in their home.”
Previously in 2016, Embracing Aging grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Central PA Food Bank: $10,000 to improve access to SNAP and health food choices through mobile distribution of nutritious foods to low-income seniors
Downtown Inc: $10,859 for Heritage Rail Trail and Riverfront Park seating
Northeastern Senior Center: $2,625 for hosting a creative aging residency for its members
The Well: $3,000 for hosting the Slice of Life program to improve self-image and overall health
White Rose Senior Center: $3,000 to support intergenerational iPad training, in collaboration with York College of Pennsylvania and Generation Connect
Windy Hill on the Campus: $6,550 to support intergenerational iPad training, in collaboration with Spring Grove Area High School and Generation Connect.