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Local Community Foundations Award Generous Grant to Waveny for Adult Day Program's Scholarship Fund

Posted on September 26, 2011

Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation and New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a $25,000 grant to Waveny Care Network for the purpose of supporting the scholarship fund for Adult Day Program participants in financial need. From left to right: Richard Townsend, Rangeley Capital Community Fund at the New Canaan Community Foundation; Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of New Canaan Community Foundation,Heather Neff, CEO of Waveny Care Network; Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs of Fairfield County Community Foundation; Joanne Boyer, Director of Development for Waveny; and Louise B. Goodridge, Waveny Development Committee member.

 New Canaan– Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation, New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF), the donor-advised Barbara Benton Davis Fund, and the Rangeley Capital Community Fund at the New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a $25,000 grant to Waveny Care Network to support 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.

 A key facilitator of the grant process was Louise B. Goodridge, Waveny Development Committee member. “Thanks to the generosity of local organizations like these, Waveny is able to continue to consistently deliver the highest quality of care to the people it serves,” said Goodridge.

 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 three 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.

“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.”

“New Canaan Community Foundation is delighted to have worked with the generous partners at Rangeley Capital to help them impact our community and achieve their charitable goals, which include improving the quality of life for families with older adults who need a secure, nurturing environment for day services,” said Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of NCCF.

The mission of the Rangeley Capital Community Fund is to support education and health initiatives, particularly in the New Canaan area. “Our goal is to invest in programs that accomplish this mission, but remain overlooked by traditional sources of funding,” said Richard Townsend, donor advisor of the Rangeley Capital Community Fund at NCCF. “We are pleased to support Waveny Care Network and the important work they do for our community.”

“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 been forced for financial reasons 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.”

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.

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