Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Commits $4 Million for Caregivers

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Commits $4 Million for Caregivers

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced a $4 million partnership with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York to provide support for caregivers of older adults.

Each organization will receive a grant of $2 million to endow a new program officer position dedicated to developing and implementing strategies, programs, and initiatives that support caregivers. The partnership also will work to foster cross-learning and collaboration between organizations and service providers in the two regions.

For the newly endowed position of program officer for caregiving, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund has hired Tim Niyonsenga, who brings nearly fifteen years of experience working with older adults as a direct care worker, case worker, senior housing advocate, community educator, and administrator to the fund. And in New York, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York has hired Ken Genewick, who served most recently as director of the Niagara County Office for the Aging, where he led efforts to provide community-based services to older adults and their caregivers.

"Being a caregiver can be both rewarding and challenging, and a role that many in our communities will find themselves in at some point in their life," said Amber Slichta, vice president of programs at RCWJRF. "There have been unprecedented technological and societal advances since the time today's seniors were children, and we have an incredible opportunity to collaborate with our partners to develop and uncover innovative programs and new systems that can support our caregivers and improve the quality of life for all in our communities."