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Waveny Care Network Receives Grant from NCCF for New Adult Day Program Vehicle

Posted on August 3, 2011

The New Canaan Community Foundation provided substantial funds, along with donor advised monies from the Dionne Fund and the Rein Family Fund to fund the replacement of the Adult Day Program’s 10 year-old vehicle. Pictured from left to right are Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of The New Canaan Community Foundation; Ilene Sumberg, Waveny’s Director of the Adult Day Program; Stephen Karl, Vice President of Karl Chevrolet; Kevin Dupree, Adult Day Program driver; Joan F. Dionne from the Dionne Fund; Heather L. Neff, Waveny CEO and Joanne Boyer, Waveny’s Director of Development.

New Canaan – Waveny Care Network was recently the recipient of a substantial grant from The New Canaan Community Foundation, along with donor advised monies from the Dionne Fund and the Rein Family Fund, to fund the replacement of the Adult Day Program’s 10 year-old mini-van with a 2011 Chevy Traverse from Karl Chevrolet.

One of the very first programs of its kind in the nation, 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, or more social interaction. Typically, the daily program accommodates 35 - 40 individuals from New Canaan and the surrounding communities of lower Fairfield County.

The program, which provides transportation to New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Norwalk and Stamford, relies heavily on its fleet of vehicles. “The upkeep of our Adult Day transportation fleet is of utmost importance to the success of the program,” said Ilene Sumberg, MSW, LCSW, Director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program. “If not for Waveny’s provided transportation to and from the surrounding areas, many of our program participants would be unable to attend the program due to family or caregiver constraints and conflicts.”

“Our ‘old and worn’ 10 year-old van registered 112,700 miles and its required maintenance and repair expenses were beginning to outweigh the cost of replacing the vehicle,” said Sumberg. “After much research, the replacement vehicle identified to best meet the needs of our clients was the Chevy Traverse, which accommodates seven passengers and offers additional safety and comfort options. Continuing to ensure the safety, convenience and comfort of all who depend on us was at the heart of this particular grant request. We are so thankful for the loyal and generous support received from everyone involved.”

“The New Canaan Community Foundation is especially pleased to support Waveny’s Adult Day Program in such a collaborative way – bringing together funding from our donors, Joan Dionne and the Rein family, with our own grant funds – to allow Waveny to purchase this much-needed vehicle,” said Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of The New Canaan Community Foundation. “We are very grateful that Karl Chevrolet helped to make this terrific car affordable so our donor dollars had the greatest impact. This story is a perfect example of community philanthropy – local people giving together to make an impact.”

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 available six days a week with flexible hours and transportation from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Wilton, 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.