The West End Home Foundation Board of Directors has announced its 2016 grant awards. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life of seniors through support of nonprofit organizations that provide advocacy, food, housing, health and transportation services to seniors.

Grant awards totaling $1,683,000 have been distributed to twenty-eight agencies serving Davidson and the five contiguous counties. The West End Home Foundation Grant Committee Chair, Gray Thornburg commends each of the organizations for their exemplary work in support of senior adults. The organizations and projects awarded grants in 2016 are:

Alive Hospice – Capital funds for a hospice residence in Rutherford County

Arc of Davidson County – Assistance to individuals with short-term emergency housing issues

Alzheimer’s Association – Consultation and education to those affected by Alzheimer’s   Disease

Bethlehem Centers – Meals on Wheels program for 200 North Nashville Seniors; Seniors Club; renovation of restrooms to be ADA compliant

Council on Aging of Greater Nashville – Creation of a senior specific transportation program, continuing the work of a transportation leadership coalition.

Domestic Violence Program – Emergency services (shelter, counseling, transportation, legal assistance) for elderly victims of domestic violence in Rutherford County

Faith Family Medical – Healthcare for Seniors which provides medical exams and includes Journey to Health Wellness and counseling services

FiftyForward – Congregate meals, health and wellness programs and transportation for FiftyForward’s Bordeaux facility.

Gilda’s Club – Psycho-social support for seniors impacted by cancer

Interfaith Dental Clinic – Comprehensive and emergency dental care for seniors

Legal Aid Society – HELP program which provides educational seminars and legal services with a focus on long term care options, advanced care directives, Powers of Attorney

Light in the Nations – Meals, Health Fair and Carnival, housing needs including ramps and emergency assistance

Martha O’Bryan Center – Emergency Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, access to counseling, crisis financial assistance

Matthew 25 – Renovation of rooms at residential facility for veterans

Mental Health America – Funding for the Centerstone Research Institute for scale and evaluation to document the effectiveness of Just the Facts

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency – Provides raw food cost for 4615 meals planned by a registered dietician and distributed in the five counties contiguous to Davidson

Nashville Food Project – To cook and provide nutritious made-from-scratch meals to seniors

Nashville Public Television – Aging Matters programs: “Alzheimer’s and Dementia” and “Elder Abuse” including website, DVD and screenings.

NeedLink Nashville – Once yearly assistance with utility deposits, past-due or disconnect utilities, rent, housing deposit

Rooftop Foundation – Emergency rental/mortgage assistance to prevent homelessness

Second Harvest Food Bank – Funding specifically for Frozen Tray Pack Meals and Senior Nutrition Boxes

Siloam Family Health – Affordable healthcare to uninsured and underinsured senior citizens

St. Luke’s Community House – Mobile Meals program, Senior Club, Senior Friends

TN Justice Center – Legal advocacy for applicants of CHOICES program; identification of  systemic problems; advocacy for reforms

TN Respite Coalition – Respite care for caregivers of patients aged 60 years and older

United Cerebral Palsy – Services and durable medical equipment to keep seniors in their own homes

Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Funding for Year 1 of a project to enroll nursing homes in online training program enabling non-traditional staff to provide daily feeding assistance

Westminster Home Connection – Housing repairs and mobility modifications to address safety concerns