Pew Charitable Trusts Award Nearly $4.4 Million to Assist Elderly in Philadelphia

The Pew Charitable Trusts have announced grants totaling nearly $4.4 million to thirty-one nonprofit organizations assisting the elderly in the greater Philadelphia region.

Awarded through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, the three-year grants will support a range of programs, including counseling services, efforts to help low-income older adults meet their basic needs, personal care and chore assistance, and respite for family members such as adult day-care. Grant recipients include the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, which was awarded $252,000 for its efforts to provide counseling to caregivers; the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, which received $242,000 to provide in-home services to frail elderly in the region; the American Cancer Society, which was awarded $174,000 to provide homemaker and home-health-aide services to low-income cancer patients; and the SeniorLAW Center, which received $158,000 for its homeowners assistance program that provides low-income elderly with housing-related legal assistance.

Other grant recipients include the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE), which was awarded $189,000 in support of the Carie Line, a free telephone service providing information and consultation to vulnerable elderly people; the Central Montgomery Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, which received $137,000 for a senior outreach service program that provides in-home mental-health assessments and treatment to elderly and supports their caregivers; and the Supportive Older Women's Network, which was awarded $121,000 to maintain and establish support groups to reduce the incidence of depression among low-income elderly women. Many of the organizations included in the funding round are returning grantees.

"The Philadelphia region is home to thousands of elderly who not only face economic hardship, but isolation and health and mobility challenges that seriously compromise their quality of life," said Pew Fund director Frazierita Klasen. "We are fortunate to have many strong organizations that are able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these vulnerable seniors."