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Fairfield Community Foundation Awards Generous Grant to Waveny for Adult Day Program Scholarship Fund

Posted on June 21, 2010

The Fairfield County Community Foundation presents a check in the amount of $15,000 to Waveny Care Network for the purpose of supporting the scholarship fund for participants of the Adult Day Program in financial need. From left to right: Heather Neff, CEO of Waveny Care Network joined by Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs of Fairfield County Community Foundation. 

New Canaan – Waveny Care Network was recently awarded a generous grant from The Fairfield County Community Foundation and the Barbara Benton Davis Fund, a donor advised fund at The Foundation, for the purpose of supporting the scholarship program for participants of Waveny’s Adult Day Program. The Adult Day Program at Waveny Care Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults who are still living at home, but who may require personal assistance and medical monitoring throughout the day and/or more social interaction. Benefitting just as much as the participants are family caregivers who can regain the personal time they need to work, run a family household or simply relax.

Many of the families that rely upon partial funding and entitlements to afford the cost of adult day care have been directly affected by the shrinking availability of financial subsidization options over the past two years. More recently, the Veterans Administration also cut-back on their funding to the point that they will generally only fund one day of adult day care per week.

A key facilitator of the grant process was Louise B. Goodridge, Waveny Development Committee member and last year’s Donor Recognition special honoree. “Thanks to the generosity of organizations like the Fairfield County Community Foundation and the Barbara Benton Davis Fund, Waveny is able to continue to consistently deliver the highest quality of care to the people it serves,” said Goodridge.

“Decreased availability in funding has forced many of our regular adult day clients and families to cut back on the number of days they attend our program, which dramatically impacts their lives,” said Heather Neff, CEO of Waveny Care Network.  “Monies from this grant will be used specifically for our long-term participants who have financially needed to reduce their normal schedule in the program to enable them to continue using our services and attend the same number of days per week as they have in the past - especially our veterans."           

“The Fairfield County Community Foundation is pleased to support Waveny Care Network’s Adult Day Program,” said Karen R. Brown, Vice President of Program at the Foundation. “Families with financial need rely on Waveny’s exemplary Adult Day Care Program to provide their loved ones with the social interaction and medical care that help to improve their quality of life.”

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation six days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs and hospice care at The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.