Awarded through the foundation's Aging Initiative after three years of research and community engagement, the grants include $3.5 million over three years to a coalition of nine nonprofits and two government agencies that will collaborate with local police, the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, and Tennessee Adult Protective Services to develop a coordinated around-the-clock response to cases of elder abuse, including intensive training and a data system for tracking outcomes. In addition, a collaborative that includes Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, Service Over Self, and Memphis Light, Gas and Water was awarded a two-year, $4 million grant for a home rehab and repair program that will serve five hundred low-income homeowners, while the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association and seven other nonprofits will receive a three-year, $4 million grant to provide food staples and hot meals for thirty-three hundred elder citizens who are at greatest risk of food insecurity. Other grants will be used to fund a community-based mobile eye care program for seniors, train individuals to assess home modifications to help seniors remain in their homes, and create an elder abuse hotline.
"Our aging initiative has resulted in some large and I believe impactful grants," said Plough Foundation executive director Mike Carpenter. "We believe these awards will not only help many seniors in our community but also get government, business, and citizens thinking more about the issues facing the elderly."