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May 23, 2006 > Elder coalition partnership announces award of implementation grant

Elder coalition partnership announces award of implementation grant

by Asha Chandra

The city of Fremont Human Services Department (COF) in partnership with the Tri-City Elder Coalition (TCEC) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $750,000 implementation grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve long term care and supportive services for at risk older adults in the Tri-City area of Fremont, Newark, and Union City.  The project is called "Aging, the Ultimate Adventure... Journeying Together."

The Partnership was originally one of 11 sites out of 486 applicants nationally to receive a planning grant to develop a comprehensive community action plan for older adults. Now, after completing the18-month planning process, the Partnership is one of 8 sites awarded a four-year implementation grant. The grant was awarded through The Foundation's "Community Partnerships for Older Adults" program, an initiative created to foster community partnerships that will improve long term care and supportive services systems to meet the current and future needs of older adults. 

The Partnership is comprised of over 60 member organizations serving seniors in the Tri-City area and the goal is to work collaboratively to provide, coordinate, and integrate services that will help improve the quality of life for seniors in the Tri-City area.

"We are fortunate and excited to have received this prestigious implementation grant!   We share the pride of this success with dozens of community organizations, which have contributed many of their ideas, their time and their hard work to developing an action plan worthy of implementation.  We look forward to continuing this community building effort on behalf of older adults and their families," stated Mary Anne Mendall, Administrator for the Aging & Family Services Division of the City of Fremont Human Services Department and the manager of the project.

The projects focus on two groups of older Americans: those 60 years of age or older who are at increased risk of disability because of poverty, race or ethnicity, chronic illness, or advanced age; and older adults with physical or cognitive impairments who require long term care and supportive services. 

"The City of Fremont and The Tri-City Elder Coalition has realized that it takes more than a single agency or organization working alone to improve the long term care and supportive services system.  The Partnership is 'pushing the envelope' to develop solutions that fit their unique circumstances and priorities," said Elise J. Bolda, Ph.D., national program director.

For more information call (510) 574-2055 or email

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