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$50,000 Kendal grant funds home repairs for older Philadelphians

Feb. 7, 2020—Kendal Charitable Funds has awarded a $50,000 Promising Innovations grant to Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) to fund a two-year initiative to help low-income older adults age in place. The grant will support RTP’s efforts to repair and improve the residences of an estimated 30 homeowners in 2020 and 2021 to make them safer, healthier and more energy- and cost-efficient.

In its grant application, RTP states that its repair program “will prevent slip and falls, remove asthma and other serious breathing problem triggers, reduce utility overages/expenses and generally provide interventions that are proportionally low-cost compared to accident- and illness-necessitated emergency and surgical interventions.”

RTP prevents falls and injuries by securing loose thresholds, installing grab bars and ensuring that stairs and ramps have secure handrails. It reduces the causes of asthma by eliminating mold, removing old carpeting and patching exterior holes. And it addresses plumbing issues, replaces nonworking appliances, installs carbon monoxide detectors and replaces kitchen exhaust fans, if necessary, to improve sanitary conditions for low-income homeowners.


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

Dec. 12, 2016Kendal 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. CLICK HERE to read more.

Michigan LGBT Aging Project awarded $25,000 Kendal Promising Innovations grant

Dec. 15, 2015—Kendal Charitable Funds has awarded a $25,000 Promising Innovations grant to the Michigan LGBT Aging Project to develop resources and trainers for two categories of unpaid caregivers: caregivers for LGBT older adults; and LGBT caregivers for older adults. Both types of caregivers often are not family members.

“This project involves coordination and support with a collaborative partnership between Michigan’s leading LGBT aging advocacy group—the LGBT Older Adult Coalition—the Detroit area’s three Area Agencies on Aging and LGBT organizations serving the Metro Detroit region,” said Jay Kaplan of the American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan (ACLU-MI), which is administering the grant. ACLU-MI convened the LGBT Older Adult Coalition in 2010 in response to the lack of culturally competent services for LGBT older adults. The Coalition includes several local LGBT organizations, as well as mainstream organizations serving older adults. CLICK HERE to read more.

Caregiver Boot Camps funded by Kendal Promising Innovations grant

Dec. 14, 2015—Kendal Charitable Funds has awarded a $20,000 Promising Innovations grant to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, to fund a yearlong Caregiver Boot Camp program. The initiative will provide education, empowerment and support to unpaid family caregivers of elders who exhibit behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The grant will allow this pilot program to be offered at no cost to participants.

“With this grant, Saint Barnabas will launch an innovative approach to empowering caregivers to enhance the uncompensated care they provide to loved ones while reducing their own stress levels,” said Jim Dowell, chair of Kendal Charitable Funds, in announcing the award. “This project has the potential to be replicated in communities throughout New Jersey and across America.” CLICK HERE to read more.

Bet Tzedek awarded Promising Innovations grant for Elder Abuse Prevention

Nov. 18, 2013—Kendal Charitable Funds has awarded a $25,000 grant to Bet Tzedek Legal Services to pilot an elder abuse prevention program within religious communities.

This Lloyd Lewis Promising Innovations Grant will seed the creation of new services in Bet Tzedek’s internationally recognized Family Caregiver Justice team. Within the multi-racial, multi-class community of Koreatown in Los Angeles, the pilot project will provide outreach, education and awareness training to diverse religious congregations so they may recognize potentially abusive relationships among their congregants and take appropriate action if they suspect abuse. CLICK HERE to read more.

Promising Innovations grant supports minority community Alzheimer’s disease screenings

Nov. 13, 2012 — Kendal Charitable Funds announced today that it has awarded its first Promising Innovations grant to researchers in Florida to develop an Alzheimer’s disease screening program that can be adapted for use in minority communities nationwide.

Kendal Charitable Funds’ $25,000 grant to the University of South Florida (USF) Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will bring an innovative, community-based approach to providing screenings for Alzheimer’s and other diseases causing memory loss to East Tampa, Fla., an under-served, predominantly African-American community. Older African-Americans are about twice as likely as older whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. CLICK HERE to read more.