Low-income seniors living at B'nai B'rith's Homecrest House in Silver Spring, Md. will benefit from a new grant designed to provide the elderly with part time jobs to build their resumes and maintain independence.
The grant, from Senior Service America to The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington, is good for $768,784 and will fund programs for more than 40 nonprofits and government agencies.
Read more about the grant, courtesy of an article in Gazette.net:
The money will be used to help provide older workers in Montgomery and Frederick counties with temporary part-time jobs to help them expand their resumes.
The grant will fund a program that has been operating for 40 years, said David Gamse, CEO of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington.
Older people face longer periods of unemployment, and age discrimination is “alive and well and living in Montgomery and Frederick counties,” he said.
To be eligible, participants must be at least 55 years old and earn less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level.
The program has a long waiting list, with about 300 people for the 30 to 60 new slots that open up each year, said Rivka Yerushalmi, director of senior employment services for the council.
The average wait is a few years, she said, but there are priorities for people such as veterans, people with disabilities, those who are 75 years of age or older, and people who have received eviction notices, she said.
Many of the people in the program may have poor language skills or don’t know how to communicate effectively in the modern workplace, but many are well-educated and speak multiple languages, Gamse said.
Everyone in the program is trying very hard to get off government support programs and wants to be independent, he said.
Between 2006 and 2012, the program moved 118 participants into unsubsidized full- and part-time jobs.
“The bottom line here is that we want these folks out of the program and into regular jobs,” Gamse said.
The following note appeared in The Gazette: Maryland Community News Online, announcing two new grants for B'nai B'rith Homecrest House:
The B’nai B’rith Homecrest House in Silver Spring received a $60,000 grant from the state of Maryland for improvements to its Edwards Building, which provides services for low-income seniors.
Improvements will include replacing the carpet and flooring.
The house also recently received an unspecified grant from the Washington, D.C.-based Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to help with medication and therapeutic massage costs.
Homecrest House is an interfaith, nonprofit senior residence on 10 acres of land, with its own lake. Three buildings provide 235 apartments for independent seniors and 42 apartments for personal care services. There also are some apartments for adults with physical mobility challenges.
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B'nai B'rith is the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States with 42 buildings in 27 communities.
Each of the B’nai B’rith buildings has dedicated staff that are continually looking for ways to enhance the lives of the residents, and being able to provide medication and therapeutic massage to the residents, as well as improving the aesthetics of the building accomplishes that goal.
People helping people, that's what B'nai B'rith is all about. The success of our program cannot be measured by the number of apartment units we have built, because buildings are more than just bricks and mortar.
Our success is measured by the many lives we have touched and indeed, enriched.
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