Grants to the Community

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) were developed to determine and serve the needs of elders and caregivers on a local level. South Shore Elder Services, Inc. (SSES) is the local Area Agency on Aging for the communities of Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, and Weymouth. Every five years Area Agencies on Aging are mandated to develop a four year Area Plan which outlines the purpose, function, and future direction of the agency. Each year this document is amended/updated.

The Older Americans Act, signed into law on July 14, 1965, sets forth a broad set of objectives in serving the needs of elders and caregivers in the community. The Older Americans Act is divided into Titles: Title I (Declaration of Objectives and Definitions), Title II (Administration on Aging), Title III (Grants for State and Community Programs on Aging), Title IV (Training, Research, and Discretionary Projects & Programs), Title V (Community Service Employment for Older Americans), Title VI (Grants for Native Americans), and Title VII (Allotments for Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Activities). The Older Americans Act is periodically amended and reauthorized.

South Shore Elder Services Inc., receives Federal funding through Title III each federal fiscal year (October 1-September 30). A portion of this money is set aside and awarded to community agencies/organizations through grants. Money is awarded through four different programs: Title IIIB (Supportive Services), Title IIIB/ MAP (Medical Access Transportation Program- provides out of town medical transportation), Title IIIE (Family Caregiver Support), and Title IIID (Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Medication Management). Title IIIB, Title IIIB/MAP, and Title IIID grants must provide programs/services free of charge to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and residing in one of the 11 communities served by SSES. Title IIIE grants must provide programs/services free of charge to caregivers who are caring for an individual 60 years of age or older, caring for someone with Alzheimer ’s disease of any age, or a grandparent caring for a grandchild (under the age of 18) and residing in one of the 11 communities served by SSES. Grants are typically awarded for one year.

For more information on the application process for Title IIIB and Title IIIB/MAP, click here.

For more information on the application process for Title IIID and Title IIIE, click here.

Click Here  for frequently asked questions regarding the Title III application process.

 South Shore Elder Services, Inc.

FY16 Supportive Service Programs

A Directory of Title III B and D Funded Services

Title III of the Older Americans Act (OAA) provides federal funding to South Shore Elder Services (SSES), through Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), to support the regional development of community programs for our seniors especially the most isolated and disadvantaged. Although Title III programs address a wide range of services directed toward those elders and caregivers with the greatest social and economic needs, all Americans over age 60 may benefit from OAA and Title III programs.

Through these successful partnerships SSES has created a strong network of community agencies that support our seniors, their families, and their caregivers. Funding for these programs is subject to receipt of funds from the federal government.

Title IIIB funding is prioritized for those agencies that provide services which organize and coordinate with an emphasis on community-based services and opportunities for older individuals and their families.

Funded through the Title IIIB

 Asian American Service Association

550 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02170

PROJECT: Asian Elderly Partnership

DESCRIPTION: AASA will provide services to the Asian Elders in the city of Quincy (Asian elders in surrounding towns are welcome to attend programs at Wollaston Senior Center). AASA will provide information and assistance, which include filling out applications for clients, making business related phone calls on their behalf, interpreting, escorting clients to business related appointments to interpret. AASA will provide social services and offer English classes.

FUNDING: $4,349.00

CONTACT PERSON: Reverend Richard Law, Executive Director & Joyce Guan, Program Coordinator

617-773-5482

 

Braintree Department of Elder Affairs

71 Cleveland Avenue, Braintree, MA 02184

PROJECT: Friendly Visitor/Companion Program

DESCRIPTION: Program will provide Friendly Visitor services to older adults who reside in the community in the Town of Braintree. The goal of this program to alleviate loneliness, isolation and fear and provide socialization through personal contact (e.g. home visits and telephone calls). The “friendly visitors” will provide assistance, information, and resources suitable to meet the elder’s needs; friendly visitors will help develop a support system for the elder in the home. Program will provide regular, ongoing personal contact.

FUNDING: $2,900

CONTACT PERSON: Sharmila Biswas, Director

                           781-848-1963

 

Greater Boston Legal Services

197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114

PROJECT: Legal Advocacy for South Shore Seniors

DESCRIPTION: This program provides free legal advice and representation, education and information services to elderly residents in the SSES service area with a particular focus on elders having the greatest social and economic need. This program provides funding for services which include lawyer visits to residents in nursing homes, homebound elders, and residents of assisted living facilities.

FUNDING: $53,800

CONTACT PERSON: Wynn Gerhard

617-371-1234 (main #)

1-866-778-0939 (Massachusetts Senior Legal Helpline)

 

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

75 Kneeland Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02111

PROJECT: Asian Elder Access

DESCRIPTION: Identify and outreach to Asian elders in Quincy, Braintree, Randolph, Weymouth, and Milton. The program will provide information and assistance for clients which include including filling out applications for clients, making business related phone calls on their behalf, and acting as their advocate for though contacts with the Department of Transitional Assistance, Social Security, MassHealth, Medicare, Immigration and Naturalization Service as well as housing authorities and any other agencies that provide vital services. Program will also make home visits to Asian elders who are home bound.

FUNDING: $4,142

CONTACT PERSON: Wendy Wong, Grants Manager &

Bonnie Kok, Program Coordinator

617-357-0226

 

New England Homes for the Deaf, Inc.

154 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923

PROJECT: Deaf Senior Citizens Outreach Program

DESCRIPTION: Program will serve all 11 SSES communities. Funding for this program is for activities based in the Quincy Senior Center targeting deaf and hard of hearing individuals living in the South Shore area. Using American Sign Language as a form of communication; center will be open once a week from 9 am- 2pm. The center will provide information, referral, outreach, and support services for the Deaf, Deaf/Blind, and severely hard or hearing elders. Program will publish a newsletter twice a year that features a combination of social and health/aging information. Program will act as a resource in advocating and coordinating linguistically accessible community resources in compliance with the Older Americans Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

FUNDING: $3,106

CONTACT PERSON: Julian Rich, Interim Executive Director

(978) 774 – 0445

TTY: (978) 739 – 4010

 

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

1509 Hancock Street, Suite 209, Quincy, MA 02169

PROJECT: Information and Referral Services

DESCRIPTION: Program will serve Chinese speaking elders in Quincy and on the South Shore, specifically a strong collaboration with the following: Quincy Housing Authority, Germantown Neighborhood Center, Quincy Public Schools, and Quincy Career Center. This program will provide Information and Referral Services to increase access to services which include housing applications for Chinese speaking elders. Program has staff that are bi-lingual in English and Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin).

FUNDING: $4,142

 

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

1509 Hancock Street, Suite 209, Quincy, MA 02169

PROJECT: Survival English Instruction

DESCRIPTION: Program have staff who are bi-lingual in English and Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin) and will serve all SSES communities focusing on

2 or more survival English classes per week. Presentation topics also include

information and provide translation for Caregivers in order to effectively serve Elders.

FUNDING: $518

CONTACT PERSON:         John Brothers, Executive Director

                                    Qi Qin, I&R Specialist

617-472-2200

 

 Randolph Department of Elder Affairs

16 Fencourt Avenue, Randolph, MA 02368

PROJECT: Vietnamese Outreach Program

DESCRIPTION: This program is a new initiative that is funded to connect Vietnamese seniors in Randolph with such services as transportation to medical appt., assistance preparing SNAP and utility applications, health insurance consulting, and other support programs. Program goal is to identify unmet needs of this newly identified growing targeted population. Program will collaborate with organizations such as New Life Counseling & Wellness Center, a multicultural organization that provides social services, and The Parish of St. Bernadette’s. St. Bernadette’s is largely attended by the Vietnamese population.

This Program is expected to have bilingual staff who speak English and Vietnamese.

FUNDING: $5,000

          CONTACT PERSON: Marc Craig, Director of

Community Programs

                           781-961-0930

 

South Shore Community Action Center (SSCAC)

71 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA 02360

PROJECT: Medical Access Program- MAP Collaborative

DESCRIPTION: Program will provide out of town medical transportation to older adults who reside in all of the SSES catchment area except Quincy. This includes the cities and towns of Scituate, Cohasset, Hull, Hingham, Norwell, Holbrook, Milton, Weymouth, Braintree, and Randolph. SSCAC will be the lead agency and has been the transportation provider for SSES catchment area through MAP existence. SSCAC will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Councils on Aging to differentiate each agencies roles: SSCAC will be primarily the financial oversight and management of grant; COAs are responsible for outreach, determining eligibility, and quality assurance.

FUNDING: $31,345

CONTACT PERSON: Stephan T. Salwak, Transportation

508-747-7575 x 6231

 

South Shore Support Services

317 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Unit B 300

Weymouth, MA 02189

PROJECT: Launch: Senior Support

DESCRIPTION: This program provides minor home repair, seasonal assistance with a secondary benefit of friendly visiting in collaboration with Cohasset Elder Affairs. Services will be provided using individuals challenged by developmental disabilities and are overseen by a vocational advocate. All individuals will be screened including criminal history, reference check and an analysis of vocational interest and aptitude.

FUNDING : $3,000

CONTACT PERSON: Mary Burt

(781) 331-7870

 Title III D Program Summaries

Title IIID funding is earmarked for those evidence-based programs targeting aged 60 and over for education and implementation activities that support healthy lifestyles and promote healthy behaviors. Evidence-based health promotion programs reduce the need for more costly medical interventions.

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center

  • Kneeland Street, Suite 204, Boston, MA 02111

PROJECT: PROJECT: Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

DESCRIPTION: Program will identify elders with aged 60 and over who are ambulatory and able to problem-solve. Participants include anyone concerned about falls, or anyone who has fallen in the past. This program is target to the Asian-speaking population. Classes are conducted by a team of 2 qualified “coaches” who teach Matter of Balance. Program will have two 8 week sessions where the elder or caregiver will participate in learning techniques to change behavior with a focus on controlling and preventing falls. The Program seeks to reduce falls and hospital admissions among community dwelling seniors and to increase their activity level and boost the overall confidence and self assurance of the participants. Elders will participate in the exercise component to increase strength and balance.

FUNDING: $6,250

CONTACT PERSON: Wendy Wong, Grants Manager &

Bonnie Kok, Program Coordinator

617-357-0226

 

Home and Health Resources, Inc.

30 Reservoir Dr., Rockland, MA. 02370

PROJECT: Chronic Disease Self Management

DESCRIPTION: Program will provide participants with the skills to manage their own chronic health conditions or the conditions of their care recipients. Program will include problem solving techniques, exercise, appropriate medication use, improving communication, nutrition, and sustaining behavior changes. Program will target community members to become formal and informal leaders in order for the program to become self-sustaining. Each participant will receive a textbook titled, “Living a Healthy Life with a Chronic Condition.”

FUNDING: $7,187

CONTACT PERSON: Patricia Smith, Director

781-624-7407

 

Norwell VNA and Hospice

120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061

PROJECT: Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls

DESCRIPTION: Program will identify elders with aged 60 and over who are ambulatory and able to problem-solve. Participants include anyone concerned about falls, or anyone who has fallen in the past. This program will also serve anyone in the SSES catchment area that has restricted their activities because of falling concerns. As the program expands NVNA will provide interpreter services. Classes are conducted by a team of 2 qualifies “coaches” who teach Matter of Balance. Program will have two 8 week sessions where the elder or caregiver will participate in learning techniques to change behavior with a focus on controlling and preventing falls. The Program seeks to reduce falls and hospital admissions among community dwelling seniors and to increase their activity level and boost the overall confidence and self assurance of the participants. Elders will participate in the exercise component to increase strength and balance.

FUNDING: $4,324

CONTACT PERSON: Linda Brown, Fund Development

781-659-2342

 

Norwell VNA and Hospice

120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061

PROJECT: Telehealth Educational Program for Seniors

DESCRIPTION Program will target elders who are either newly diagnosed with heart failure or who have had a recent exacerbation leading to hospitalization or emergency care. Program will provide one skilled nursing visit to install a Telehealth unit and provide education. The Telehealth unit will transmit readings (blood pressure, pulse rate, pulse oximetry, and weight) for 30 days to the central monitoring station at Norwell VNA and Hospice. Program monitors will reinforce education provided and intervene at a “teachable moment” and communicated effectively with patient and managing health providers.

FUNDING: $8,250

CONTACT PERSON: Linda Brown, Fund Development

781-659-2342