In 2007, the Kendal Charitable Funds board approved the creation of the Lloyd Lewis Fund to support advances in serving older adults through the Promising Innovations campaign. The fund and campaign were made possible by a gift of $250,000 from the Janet Comey Foundation, a private foundation established through the estate of former Kendal at Longwood resident Janet Comey. Since then, the Promising Innovations campaign has raised over $500,000 in matching gifts, more than doubling the size of the Lloyd Lewis Fund.

Each year the Promising Innovations Selection Committee identifies a topic to carry on the legacy in support of innovative solutions that positively impact the lives of elders in our society. Click here to view a video about Promising Innovations.

Initiative to Improve Living Conditions for Hopi Tribe Elders Funded by Kendal Promising Innovations Grant

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Dec. 12, 2016—Kendal Charitable Funds announced today that it has awarded a $25,000 Promising Innovations grant to fund a yearlong project to make Native American elders’ homes safer and healthier. The pilot program will benefit members of the Hopi Tribe, 65 and older, living in Second Mesa, Arizona, roughly 100 miles northwest of Flagstaff. The grant will allow the Native Elder Healthy Home Network program to be offered at no cost to participants.

“Our goal is make the homes of Native American elders’ safer and healthier so they can live out their remaining years in them with a sense of order and control, safety and belonging,” says Mark Hall, Executive Director of the nonprofit Red Feather Development Group. “Kendal’s grant will allow us to train Hopi Community Health Representatives, who then will provide a minimum of 24 Hopi elders and their families with a Home Health and Safety Assessment, educational outreach and Healthy Home Kits. The kits, valued at over $200, include a wide range of materials and information for making a healthier living environment.”

Based in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Bozeman, Montana, Red Feather serves Native Americans on three reservations — Hopi, Navajo and Northern Cheyenne — to improve housing through repair and weatherizing homes, with a focus on educating residents to be self-sufficient in home repairs.

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